The Onion Movie Reviews
I was shocked and appalled by what I saw and read. So much so that I felt compelled to create an RT account for the express purpose of composing a meaningful review and refuting all the stupidity and ignorance I see in the reviews from both the two critics.
This is one of my top 5 favorite comedies of all time, without question, and has been since the first time I viewed this after coming across the DVD on some idle Tuesday in a Walmart in 2008. Along with almost everything that Mike Judge has ever made, this is not only a masterpiece of comedic genius, but is also tragically and stunningly under appreciated and underrated.
The Onion franchise is 90% pure satirical genius, and I disagree completely that the genius the Onion is known for didn't translate into this movie. It's certainly not perfect. The pacing slows down way too much at one or two points in the movie. A few of the skits go on for too long (particularly the end) while some of the deleted scenes were essential in providing some missing context to some of the skits. But it's clear that Todd Hanson and Robert Siegel had a hand in writing 90% of the skits, and they have NOTHING to be ashamed of nor anything for which to aplogize.
The comparisons to Kentucky Fried Movie and other legitimate pieces of garbage are simply preposterous. This is not a well-polished A movie, but the cinematographic quality for what it is is extremely high. Hell, the fact that some bits of the movie were pieced together haphazardly after the fact actually ADDS character to this movie (the scene where Norm is marching angrily to the Onion executives' office was straight up repeated once, and it was amazing). Most of the casting was pure genius. The Masses, the Jewish curmudgeon old lady who chooses The Negro from the police lineup, Kip Kendall, Melissa Cherry, the film experts, and all the cameos. All were completely thoughtful performances and were executed with perfection.
If you are of a reasonably high intellectual caliber, have a wide enough repertoire of pop culture and history, and have an actual sense of humor unencumbered by PC bullshit, then you will agree with this review completely. Humorless, Type A ice queen types (your RA in college) will definitely hate this. But those people don't have sense of humor.
The satire of this is biting, shockingly prescient and current, and at least half the skits will leave you on the floor laughing over and over again.
zany sketches done in the style of a Monty Python
episode were one sketch lead directly to another one.
It's not for all tastes and it doesn't have a coherent plot,
at times a bit predictable. Nothing much to say here.
Every stereotype is deassembled and reconstructed in such a way that makes me roll on the floor!
Unlike a lot of the movies that have come out lately, the onion's various wanderings actually go somewhere, unlike bad films like Epic movie or the Disaster Movie, where we have so much worthless crap thrown at us we don't know what to think. The Onion delivers it's various plots in a way you can follow. Although I found the endless pushing of Cockpuncher to be kind of annoying. But, what movie commercial doesn't get annoying after a while.
The Onion isn't a great movie, but it is at least fun and entertaining. It borders on 50 percent for some of the lame stuff, but, there was just enough funny stuff to make it fresh. But, some of this could have easily been done on Saturday night live.
I watched the Onion again the other day, and Oh my god, it was so boring I almost fell asleep. The stuff that I though was funny the first time around, wasn't nearly as funny as I thought. And a lot of it was very stupid. So no pass.