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The Onion Movie (2008)

Len Cariou , Steven Seagal , Tom Kuntz , Mike Maguire  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Len Cariou, Steven Seagal, Larissa Laskin, Abigail Mavity, Daniel Dae Kim
  • Directors: Tom Kuntz, Mike Maguire, James Kleiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017XOF50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Unrated

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Product Description

This just in...The Onion invades DVD! Based on the wildly popular newspaper hailed by The New Yorker as â??the funniest publication in the United States,â? The Onion Movie brings you uncensored, uninhibited, UNRATED news and views from around the world. In a stunning development, when Onion News anchorman Norm Archer (Len Cariou) is asked to compromise his journalistic integrity to please a new corporate sponsor, he doesnâ??t just get mad, he gets...angry. Taking aim at pop stars, prisoners, peace talks and, of course, high-testosterone action films, The Onion Movie delivers hard-hitting headlinesâ?"and side-splitting laughs!

Shelved since 2003 then released straight to DVD, the feature-length Onion Movie is based on the satirical nationwide newspaper The Onion, which works better in print than on celluloid. That said, hardcore Onion fans will appreciate this effort to enliven text with filmed comedic sketches that strongly resemble Saturday Night Live news and National Lampoon. Directors Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire translate what would normally read as sarcastic headlines into slapstick skits starring three news reporters, Norm Archer (Len Cariou), Larissa Laskin (Dana Dobbs), and Scott Klace (Kip Kendall), reporting on idiotic events either live or in the studio. The newsreel opens, for example, with a report from Archer on the dangers of "neck belts" in automobiles, that have lately been decapitating drivers. Spoofs on everyone and everything, from slutty teen stars, racial stereotyping, the handicapped, to military recruitment officials turned peaceful by marijuana, add plenty of characteristically perverse and iffy Onion humor to this odd film. The Onion Movie relies loosely on a plot in which Norm Archer, devoted anchorman, protests a toy penguin interrupting his screen time in the name of advertising an upcoming film, Cockpuncher, that the network’s corporate sponsor, Global Tetrahedron, has funded. This facetious action film featuring Steven Seagal, looks a little too life-like after Norm takes measures to fight the power. At an hour and a half, news skits interrupted by fake commercials and Archer’s fits of rage feel played out, though skit-to-skit, the news broadcasts are quite hilarious, making the film an overall winner if you’re in the mood for mockery. --Trinie Dalton

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes; Where Would We Be Without Them? June 29, 2008
The Good Things
*A great, varied assortment of comedic sketches that makes fun of many different aspects of modern-day society, culture, and politics. Topics include such issues as terrorism, sexuality in pop music, corporate greed, and so on.
*A few good parodies (most prominently, Steven Segal parodying himself!).
*Also a good number of original sketches.
*A few funny pieces of self-parody (ie, the scenes where film critics gather around and rate the movie).
*There is a very slight story arc that ties in many of the sktis together into a bizzare finale, and ultimately presents some major themes about journalistic ethics and corporate greed (although these themes are not very strongly developed).

The Bad Things
*No characters to develop, no story to tell (but hey, it's sketch comedy, so who cares?).

The Questionable Things
*A fair amount of perversity. Expect a lot of swear words and a little bit of graphicness. Some may find it too crude, but I think it's just right.
*Quite a bit of racey humor.

This eighty-minute collection of skits is probably the funniest thing I have seen in a while. The comedy is great, and presents enough satire to make it somewhat thoughtful. There is some sickness to some of it, but it's nowhere near as bad as some other comedies out there (like "Meet the Spartans" or the "Scary Movie" series). It may not be as funny as the Onion website, but I would say that this is comparable to "Saturday Night Live," "Robot Chicken," or Monty Python's "Meaning of Life."

The disc has okay video and sound quality. It has ten minutes of deleted scenes (which are really good) and outtakes.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By nihil
This movie is really really funny. It's not "the greatest thing ever made" but it's still pretty damned hilarious. It's a great parody. I rented it hoping it was exactly what it was: a variety of parodies with a plot mixed in. No, it's not the's a movie based on the Onion style of viewing the world. If you have ever seen Kentucky Fried movie this will seem like an updated companion piece. You really need to go into watching this movie with these things in mind. It's just a good ride. The movie isn't high-brow humour that's meant to be the best in the world but you'll get a chuckle out of it. I've been waiting for this for a while since I saw a preview on another DVD I rented. I know all my friends who are ZAZ (Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker) fans will love this and I am going to buy it so we can all watch it.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Area Man Disappointed June 3, 2008
As a more thorough review has already been posted here, I'll keep it brief when I say that I was fully disappointed by this film. I'm a huge fan of the Onion newspaper and the Onion online, especially when I rushed out to rent this movie the first day it was available (good thing I didn't buy it). The trailer that has been circulating the internet for some time is hilarious, but captures the only good scenes from the entire feature. Most segments are long, redundant, and unfunny, and although they are tied together in the end, the movie is missing the charm that I have come to expect from the Onion's caliber of work. Overall, rent this DVD if you have to, but it's something that should remain on the shelves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny.... June 22, 2008
I am very surprised by the mostly poor reviews this movie is getting. I had never heard of it until I went to my friends' house last night and watched it. The 3 of us were laughing out loud almost from beginning to end. The skits are hilarious. And the movie is basically a highly scathing indictment of idiotic American culture and vapid tabloid "journalism." Anyhow, don't believe the poor reviews on here. This movie is definitely worth owning. Yes, some of the humor is a bit obvious at times, but that doesn't make it any less funny. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarcastic as usual April 20, 2014
This work, a set of episodes presented as a TV-news mockery, like The Onion hard-copy publications is sarcastic, laughing loudly at paranoiac stereotypes in different areas of a daily routine surrounding.

"The Man with a Gun" segment I like the most because of its pragmatic and realistic approach to charity, crime and employment opportunities even in the U.S.-pre-2008-financial-turmoil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 3, 2014
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If you like slapstick comedy like Airplane, Top Secret, Dude Where's My Car, Then this movie is right up your alley!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Rent November 30, 2013
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Simply HILARIOUS. I loved the social commentary. I had watched half the movie at a friend's house and had to see the rest.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Movie May 25, 2013
By k32081
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I randomly saw this movie while on vacation in Buenos Aires, Argentina in my hotel room and died laughing while watching it. Eventually, after coming home, I searched around for it and finally found it on and am a happy and entertained owner. The jokes get funnier and funnier each time I watch it. If you have a funny sense of humor and can take jokes about typical stereotypes you will find it funny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny as hell. A great laugh to have with your friends!
Published 9 days ago by jap1818
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
irreverent and hilarious
Published 20 days ago by Harmony
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit behind the times now but still very funny! Kind of a stupid...
A bit behind the times now but still very funny! Kind of a stupid movie, you really need a good sense of humor to get into this type of comedy.
Published 20 days ago by Gene Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated movie. Some of the skits fall flat ...
Very underrated movie. Some of the skits fall flat but for the most part it's very clever. I laughed out loud numerous times, which is rare for me during a movie.
Published 1 month ago by Sterling Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this more popular? Amazing sketches and vignettes.
This movie is hilarious. Great vignettes that occasionally run together, kind of in the style of Kentucky Fried Movie or something like Mr. Show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Remus Bodega
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I found this smutty and not funny.
a waste of money.
not worth even giving . Away. Trashed it
Published 2 months ago by Joyce B. Keller
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to love this movie
Very hit and miss. I want to love this movie, but it falls short.
Published 3 months ago by William Mather
1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the website
This film is a collection of short skits, in the tradition of 70s offerings like "Kentucky Fried Movie" and "The Groove Tube. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Larry Benjamin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Worth Watching...
the play quality, as usual with Amazon Cloud, was flawless. The movie, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason B Bendure
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNIEST FILM EVER ?! A+ :)
I've just got to tell you, this IS possibly the FUNNIEST FILM EVER in my opinion. I try to compare to films that just make me laugh VERY DAMN HARD twisting my stomach and very hard... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ~*JONAS*~
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