The Onion Movie (2008)

Director
Mike Maguire; Tom Kuntz

Main cast
Len Cariou; Steven Seagal; Larissa Laskin; Ken Takemoto; Don McManus

Genres
Comedy

Description
Venerable newscaster Norm Archer reports the latest news in politics, health, culture and entertainment - such as an automotive recall of decapitation-inducing "Neckbelts" and a study finding that "depression hits losers hardest". This compilation of bogus news stories, celebrity profiles, movie trailers and skits come courtesy of the ace satirists at The Onion.


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