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Initial DVD release  June 3, 2008
Country  United States
6.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Language  English
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Director  Tom Kuntz, Mike Maguire
Release date  June 3, 2008 (2008-06-03)
Writer  Todd Hanson, Robert D. Siegel
Music director  Asche & Spencer, Thad Spencer
Cast  Len Cariou (Norm Archer), Steven Seagal (Cock Puncher), Larissa Laskin (Dana Dobbs), Ken Takemoto (Sensei)
Similar movies  Bill Hicks: Bill Loses it in Chicago, Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-up Comedian, Bill Hicks: Igby's, LA, George Carlin: Back in Town, Bill Hicks: Relentless, Dave Chappelle: HBO Comedy Half-Hour
Tagline  America's Finest News Source.

The Onion Movie is a comedy film written by The Onion writers Robert D. Siegel and Todd Hanson along with the Madison, WI-based writing staff of the paper. It was filmed in 2003 and released on June 3, 2008 direct-to-video.


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The plot revolves around a fictitious Onion television news anchorman, Norm Archer (Len Cariou), who is forced to face the inevitability of a corporate takeover by the Onion's perennial fictitious multinational, Global Tetrahedron. Onion news is described as "fair and balanced" in the context of the film. The plot serves as a springboard for various comedy sketches featuring The Onion's satirical humor. Vignettes include parodies of music videos reminiscent of Britney Spears' work, and Steven Seagal appearing as a parody of the type of action hero he normally portrays. The film is interrupted (fictitiously) by film reviewers and commentators weighing in on the progress of the film, with one commentator preparing to stage an immediate walkout of all African American audience members unless a positive portrayal of an African American is inserted into the film.


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  • Len Cariou as Norm Archer
  • Larissa Laskin as Dana Dobbs
  • Scott Klace as Kip Kendall
  • Steven Seagal as Cock Puncher
  • Sarah McElligott as Melissa Cherry
  • Brendan Fletcher as Tim, a white black guy
  • Richard Fancy as Kenneth Garber
  • Murphy Dunne as Raymond Marcus
  • Alex Solowitz as The Masses
  • Paul Scheer as Dirk, a Bates computer salesman
  • Nick Chinlund as Bryce Brand
  • Jim Rash as Bryce's manager
  • Jed Rees as Wizard proteus
  • Greg Pitts as Wizards dragonmaster
  • Greg Cipes as Hippie diplomant
  • Yevgeni Lazarev as Slovesevic
  • Adam Gregor as Birajko
  • Ahmed Ahmed as Ahmed
  • Kevin Federline as Lollipop Love dancer
  • Robert Hoffman as Lollipop Love dancer
  • Jen Cohn as cooking show host
  • Meredith Baxter as chef on cooking show
  • Chrissy Metz as Heavy Girl
  • Erik Stolhanske as producer
  • Michael Bolton as himself
  • Rodney Dangerfield as himself
  • Sal Lopez and Jay Montalvo as Peruvians
  • Production

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    In 2003, New Regency Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures were on board to produce and release a movie written by The Onion staff. Tentatively titled The Untitled Onion Movie, it was to be directed by music video director Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire and written by then Onion editor Robert Siegel and writer Todd Hanson with the rest of the Onion staff. After delays and previews to test audiences, the film was shelved and eventually dropped by Fox. New Regency Productions continued on with the project.

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    In a March 15, 2007 interview, Scott Aukerman said that the Onion movie was at a "dead standstill". Within two weeks, the listing for The Untitled Onion Movie had disappeared. Additionally, Onion, Inc. President at the time, Sean Mills, indicated The Onion was no longer associated with the film project. In August 2007, the IMDb listing was restored.

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    In November 2007, then-President Sean Mills told Wikinews that the movie was a dead project. Although Fox Searchlight had an option to release it on DVD, there was no immediate announcement of plans to do so. Eventually, the trailer appeared on the DVD for The Darjeeling Limited. The trailer also appeared on the Hitman, Charlie Bartlett and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem DVDs.

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    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released The Onion Movie DVD on June 3, 2008. The UK release's packaging styles the film News Movie, a.k.a. The Onion Movie.

    Critical reception

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    The film has received mixed reviews from critics.

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    IMDb gives the film a rating of 6.3/10, while Rotten Tomatoes reports an audience rating of 46%.

    The Onion's own non-satirical entertainment website The A.V. Club did not review the film. The site's film critic Nathan Rabin explicitly declined to review the film for his "Dispatches from Direct to DVD Purgatory" feature on poor-quality direct-to-DVD films because he wished to avoid a conflict of interest.


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