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Fast Food Nation (2006)

Greg Kinnear , Luis Guzmán , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Luis Guzmán, Patricia Arquette, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Willis
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MEYKAU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fast Food Nation" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director Richard Linklater and Writer Eric Schlosser
  • Manufacturing Fast Food Nation Featurette
  • The Meatrix Flash Animation Short
  • The Meatrix II Flash Animation Short
  • The Meatrix II 1/2 Flash Animation Short
  • The Backwards Hamburger Flash Animation Short
  • Photo Gallery

Editorial Reviews

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If you're still eating that fast-food burger after watching Super Size Me, you might not feel too hungry after watching Fast Food Nation, a fictionalized feature based on Eric Schlosser's bestselling nonfiction expose. Director Richard Linklater, who cowrote the screenplay with Schlosser, guides a topnotch ensemble cast through a peek behind the veil of how that Big Mac is born. Much of the film focuses on the illegal immigrants who work in the loosely regulated meat-packing industry, and actors including the luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), who plays a desperate but outraged laborer. Greg Kinnear also delivers a spot-on performance as a fast-food chain marketing manager, trying frantically to discover the source of stomach-turning contamination in the company's meat. Stories are woven in unexpected ways, and cameos by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and especially Bruce Willis keep the narrative fresh. The film has a point of view, but thanks to Linklater's deft touch, is never didactic. As Willis's character slyly says, "Most people don't like to be told what's best for them." Agreed, yet Fast Food Nation likely will help the viewer be more conscious of what's on the end of that fork. --A.T. Hurley

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Fast Food Nation: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

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Product Description

Inspired by the incendiary New York Times bestseller that exposed the hidden facts behind America's fast food industry, Fast Food Nation combines an all-star ensemble cast lead by Greg Kinnear, Wilmer Valderrama and Avril Lavigne with riveting, interlocked human stories to serve up "a firecracker of a movie that jumps off the screen" (Rolling Stone). When a marketing executive (Kinnear) for the Mickey's burger chain is told there's a nasty secret ingredient in his latest culinary creation?"The Big One"? he heads for the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate...but discovers the truth a bit difficult to swallow.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Fast Food Nation is an excellent film about the very real and highly disturbing flaws that exist in a meat packing plant that provides the beef for Mickey's, a fictional fast food chain that doesn't exactly have its act together. Not only do we see how American lives are affected by this mess, we also see how desperate and sometimes frustrated, angry young people and illegal immigrants are drawn into this situation. The movie moves along at a good pace and the acting is terrific. The casting is excellent and this is one movie I must highly recommend even with a few hard to swallow (pardon the pun) scenes at the end of the "kill floor" at the meat processing plant.

When the action begins, we meet Don Anderson (Greg Kinnear) who is a high level executive at a fast food chain company. One day Don's boss informs him that some students at a university have found that there is waste matter in the meat. Don's boss orders him to the Colorado packing plant to investigate and try to find a way out of this mess.

We also meet desperate, frightened, yet sometimes angry Mexican immigrants who were so desperate for money that they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the US. Two or three of them wind up working at the meat packing plant in Cody, Colorado. There is Raul (Wilmer Valderrama) and Sylvia (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and we also meet Coco (Ana Claudia Talancón). There are even young kids involved in the overall plot. There is Ashley Johnson who plays Amber, a cashier at Mickey's whose conscience bothers her about working there; and there is Paul Dano who turns in a stunning performance as Brian, a kid who spits in the food routinely and dreams up schemes to steal money from the fast food restaurant.

Of course, from here the plot can go almost anywhere.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the message...but needed something more... November 18, 2006
The movie follows three groups of people who are all affected by the fast food industry in some way: teenagers working at "Mickey's, illegal immigrants crossing into the United States and working at a meatpacking plant, and a man who works for the Mickey's company, in advertising. Though their paths only cross briefly if at all, the premise seems interesting. It shows the way the workers are treated, how someone can lose an arm or a leg in one of the machines, the "kill floor" and the graphic nature of cattle being slaughtered. Though it appears sanitary, there is a lot of "talk" from those that are connected to the place. Don Anderson ventures out to find the true story when his boss tells him that there was "fecal matter" discovered in the Mickey's meat. (Yet he still continues to eat it.)

All of this presented to you in an entertaining way makes the audience think. Yet there is something missing. Maybe it would have been better as a documentary. I think the reason that this movie was made as fiction, is so that it would reach more of an audience. Documentaries aren't viewed as often...though I would have loved to see it filmed that way.

I enjoyed the small parts by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Avril Lavigne, and Bruce Willis. The message comes through loud and clear: big business doesn't care about customers, it cares about the almighty dollar. The only thing that can be done is, you have to stop buying their food. Until then, I hope to see more movies like this opening our eyes about the fast food industry.

I think it could have been done a little bit better. It's almost as if there is too much ground to cover, and a 2 hour film just doesn't do it. With that said, it may still put you off of fast food for a while. Pass the organic beef, please.
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55 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America in its glory December 4, 2006
There's a sequence near the end of this film showing the slaughter of cows that must be seen to be believed. I've been a vegetarian for quite a while and this sequence made me cry. Yeah, I'm not ashamed to say that.

From one perspective, it's easy to say that this is an ultra liberal's view of American corruption. But how much of the film is false? Do Mexicans REALLY get shipped into the US as cheap illegal labor to work in meat packing plants by a collusion of the plants and outfits like "Mickey's" (an obvious stand-in for the most well-known name in fast food hamburgers in the US)? Oh yeah. They do. Does fecal matter ACTUALLY make its way into the ground meat that gets shipped out from the plant to "Mickey's" locations all over the US? Gee. Would I be shocked if that weren't true? Do corporate executives NOT care about what the public eats as long as their company makes healthy profits? Hey, it's the American way.

Linklater redeems himself here after the dubious virtues of "A Scanner Darkly"--bigtime. This is an acid portrait of American GREED and CORRUPTION to the maximum extent possible. If you don't think twice about becoming a vegetarian--or close to one--after seeing this film, you may want to check your pulse. Do I have a certain political leaning here myself? Yep. I do.

Kris Kristofferson shows up as, surprise, a kind of good guy (sort of)--a cattle rancher who verbally blasts the meat packer he's selling his cattle to for their corrupt practices. Bruce Willis is on hand as the meat packing plant CEO who basically doesn't give a s**t about anything except his own pockets. Greg Kinnear, the main character, is a "Mickey's" marketing exec who DOES have a conscience, but ultimately...yeah, you guessed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I think that I will never eat another fast food hamburger thanks to this movie. I never been so motivated to change my diet.
Published 4 months ago by E. Hawkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend
Movie was stupid. Not what I thought it would be. I thought it would be more of a documentary--with actual facts.
Published 4 months ago by Jennie-M
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty little rip-off by Amazon.
I didn't want it. I can't watch it because I don't use a Kindle. There was no way of canceling the order. You people ripped me off with a deliberately designed obstruction. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Footerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
You need to see this if you eat out at fast food places and how the food industry is just that - an industry. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maria Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important and Accurate Statement of Contemporary American Society
I watched this movie right during the time where the so-called Tea Partiers were holding our country hostage as they tried to extort Obamacare out of existence. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tome Raider
4.0 out of 5 stars Left a Bad taste in My Belly
Good subject matter. But the sex scenes were uncalled for. The story itself could have been told better. Without the social correctness.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Mikado
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining way to present a documentary subject
Years ago, I watched "Super Size Me" and learned of the Fast Food Nation book from the author being interviewed on a DVD special feature. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Allen C. Huffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast means not good
Hard to believe, but rings true, we've given up quality for quantity and to be quickly and easily gratified with lower standard food. The American way is the Fast Food Nation.
Published 8 months ago by silvia castro
2.0 out of 5 stars took a couple days and there is writing on both the dvd and cover
I ordered this film for school purposes, it took a couple days to get to me which wasn't to much of a bother but there is writing on both the dvd and cover which was scribbled out... Read more
Published 8 months ago by journeysworld
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film about the fast food industry
A little tongue in cheek, using facts in a fictional movie setting, there is a lot of pertinent information if you pay attention. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pauline A. Buncic
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