Onion Movie

The Onion Movie

3.8 5
Director: James Kleiner

Cast: James Kleiner, Len Cariou, Abigail Mavity, Daniel Dae Kim

     
 
America's most popular satirical newspaper makes the leap from the printed page to the silver screen in this political comedy that explores what happens when journalistic integrity is compromised by corporate sensibility. Onion News anchorman Norm Archer (Len Cariou) is s principled journalist, so when he's asked to bend to the will of his corporate overlords he

Overview

America's most popular satirical newspaper makes the leap from the printed page to the silver screen in this political comedy that explores what happens when journalistic integrity is compromised by corporate sensibility. Onion News anchorman Norm Archer (Len Cariou) is s principled journalist, so when he's asked to bend to the will of his corporate overlords he decides to strike back with a fury unheard of in the world of network news. Nothing is sacred as the creative force behind The Onion unleash an unrelenting barrage of satire on such subjects as pop stars, prisoners, peace talks, and blockbuster action films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An abysmal mess of an attempt to recapture the absurdist glory of such episodic satires as Kentucky Fried Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon, The Onion Movie is a comedy endurance test for anyone but the most devoted fans of the parody newspaper that spawned it. Even those fans will likely find it difficult to fend off sleep while being assaulted with a relentless barrage of jokes without punchlines, gags stretched out beyond the breaking point, and, worst of all, sketches that were simply aborted mid-stream. The main problem is that the filmmakers weren't able to make up their minds whether they wanted a rapid-fire, stream-of-conscious comedy on the level of the aforementioned satires (as evidenced by the segmented nature of most jokes) or an actual plot-driven film (as evidenced by the ongoing feud between straight-faced Onion News anchor Norm Archer and the network bigwigs who have sold out their integrity to their new parent company, an all-powerful global conglomerate more interested in pushing their latest project, an action movie entitled "Cockpuncher," than delivering the news). But while some sketches are indeed memorable, including a bit about an armed gunman who bursts into a bank demanding a job and an athlete that refuses to give up his dreams despite unheard of setbacks, the fifteen minutes of The Onion Movie that are worth actually watching are buried in another sixty minutes of absolute drudgery. Of course the fact that The Onion Movie is a epic misfire will come as no surprise to those who have followed the film's tumultuous production history, but while the actual newspaper can fluctuate in quality from hysterically funny to simply chuckle-worthy, this is undoubtedly the nadir of The Onion legacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
UPC:
0024543518945
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Outtakes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Len Cariou Norm Archer
Abigail Mavity Actor
Daniel Dae Kim Actor
Amir Talai Actor
Sarah McElligott Actor
Steven Seagal Actor
Larissa Laskin Actor

Technical Credits
James Kleiner Director
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Asche & Spencer Score Composer
Scott Dikkers Executive Producer
Kevin Halloran Co-producer
Todd Hanson Screenwriter
Sean Mils Executive Producer
David Miner Producer
Gil Netter Producer
Michael Rotenberg Producer
Robert Siegel Screenwriter
Asche and Spencer Score Composer
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
Frederick Wardell Editor
David Zucker Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Onion Movie
1. Headlines [5:27]
2. Armed Gunman [4:05]
3. Melissa Cherry [3:35]
4. Synergy [5:36]
5. Stereotypes [3:29]
6. Reviews [3:02]
7. Party Games [4:23]
8. More Headlines [2:11]
9. Computer Upgrade [3:38]
10. High on Life [4:22]
11. Corporate Influence [2:36]
12. Images [2:30]
13. Proteus [5:46]
14. The News Goes On [4:49]
15. Inspirational Portrait [3:06]
16. Unexpected Role [5:39]
17. Showdown [3:07]
18. Intruders [3:18]
19. Happy Ending [3:47]
20. Outtakes/End Titles [5:37]

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The Onion Movie 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JasonM More than 1 year ago
Super funny movie, it's pefect to escape the everyday ignorance of this world.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
A lot of people are familiar with The Onion News. The Onion News is a news service that parodies modern news right down to the Horoscopes. Spoofing modern news with spoof news filled with humor and scatological references, The Onion News has been offering a scathing satire on the modern news experience for years. In 2003, they opted to make a movie filled with the same satire of the modern world you'd find in the newspapers. Apparently, though, due to poor test screenings the movie was shelved and finally released on DVD in 2008 rather than theatrically. So how does it stack up? The Onion Movie is mainly a group of skits, working as news stories, commercials, movie spots, etc. Behind the skits there's a working TV news report: The Onion News "The World's Greatest News Source". The Onion News has just been bought out by a global conglomerate who requires the news to plug their movies on the air. News anchor, Norm Archer, thinks this compromises the integrity of the news, and this leads to an interesting, and funny, confrontation at the end of the movie. The Onion Movie is a really funny movie with a few unfortunate down spots. It does a fairly good job of mixing the politically incorrect (Little Known Racial Stereotypes, Terrorist Training Video, etc.), with satire of celebrities (Melissa Cherry, a Britney Spears knock off who sings songs like: "Take Me From Behind," and lyrics like, "So, let me give you some affection - just below your waist" which are apparently just about friendship because she's a virgin), and satire of society (News report: "The internet went down for three hours this morning, plunging the nation into productivity. The outage, which caused major work startages from New York to California, prevented an estimated 120 million American employees from messing around on the web at work"). Also, there are some funny cameos including a spoof commercial hosted by Michael Bolton for a children's charity organization, but the best is Steven Segal as the Cockpuncher. While those skits work very well, and the majority of the rest do, some skits fall flat on their face. Skits like the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast spoof and the majority of a skit dealing with teenagers playing D&D are just not funny. Also the plot, while inherently harmless and flimsy, adds quite a few deadspots to the movie taking away from the fun of many of the skits. The Onion Movie is definitely worth a watch though. While not as funny as I hoped it was funnier than I expected. Naturally, for those of you who know of The Onion, know to expect nudity and cursing, so this is not a movie to watch with your kids. Check it out, and hope you enjoy!
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