The Onion Movie (2008)

The Onion Movie (2008)

Directed by: Tom Kuntz, Mike Maguire

Starring: Len Cariou, Sarah McElligott, Amir Talai

This is a fascinating documentary about the plight of America’s onion farmers and their partners in the trucking industry. It doesn’t sound very interesting, I know I sure didn’t care about farming or farmers before this, but it’s well-made and manages to remain neutral in tone, despite it’s volatile subject matter.

So apparently onion farmers all over the country are having trouble with government subsidies. You’d think that since onions are everywhere, it’d be pretty easy to sell the things, but I guess it’s all locked up into just a couple huge “combines” (farmer corporations). They compared one of the huge farms that helps stock McDonald’s against a family that just sold their onions at a local farmer’s market, and it was actually kinda interesting, and not at all the plain black-and-white good/evil comparison you might think it would be.

So yeah, pretty neat stuff. I know way more about onions now than I ever did before, that’s for damn sure! I… wait a minute. This wasn’t a documentary on onions… That’s right, it was that stupid sketch comedy film starring the bad guy from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. My bad.

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