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Posted on 6/25/08 12:38 AM
Epic Movie. Meet the Spartans. Superhero Movie. These "films" all have one thing in common: they wish they could be as witty as The Onion Movie. Seriously, it's like the people behind this film watched all these other movies and then said "Pfft, we can do better than that."
To be fair, it doesn't feel like a movie really; more like an extra long episode of SNL, with random topical sketches strung together as a bizarre news program. There's a flimsy sub-plot that kind of ties things together, but it's forgettable at best. Still, it's been awhile since I really kept laughing throughout a whole movie. The skits they come up with are just hilarious and parody the American culture in some pretty unique ways (which is why it really feels like something by The Onion). There's sketches featuring a teen pop princess whose first hit song was titled "Take Me From Behind," a corporate training video for suicide bombers, a sad tale about a down-on-his-luck military contractor, and even a cameo from Steven Seagal as an action hero known as "Cockpuncher." Hell, even the sex jokes seem to be making some sort of commentary on American life.
The whole time though, it never feels like the movie is taking itself too seriously -- another thing that sets this one apart from other parody movies out there today. There's even a brief segment where film critics will interrupt the movie to debate its merits. It just feels like, well, a movie version of The Onion. Like the news publication, they're taking a snapshot of American life and making fun of it; because there's a lot of humor to be found there. It kind of all leads to weak conclusion, but I blame that on them trying to put a plot to this.
Overall though, if you like witty satire and bizarre "what the hell?" humor, you'll love this movie. It's full of the sort of comedy you'll be repeating to your friends later on.
This film is just further proof that The Onion needs to start making its own syndicated TV show.