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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 (160 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 (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,947 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

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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.

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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4 of 0 people found the following review helpful
How does one explain the charms of Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation" without recognizing that its most wonderful, honest moments reveal it as a failure?

We expect a tactical strike on fast food restaurants and the meatpacking industry. A film version of "The Jungle," or at least the Eric Schlosser book it's based on. But Linklater crafts something much tamer. "Fast Food Nation" is not sunny, per se, but it's hardly a satire; it takes frustrating Linklatarian detours. It says too much, too incoherently.

It mirrors real life, to some extent - how often do we communicate poignantly and pointedly? - but, given the book as a template and a free shot at the business, it whiffs like the local scholar at the coffee house might. Many scenes are excellent little gems of writing and acting, but they're also beside the central point: Fast food is a disgusting industry, organically and morally, and yet, built on the backs of the poor and overweight, it's essentially unstoppable. We expect a fearless work that begs for lawsuits. "Fast Food Nation," instead, exercises its table manners in all the wrong spots.

Set in fictional Cody, Colo., the movie unsuccessfully juggles three storylines, all of which revolve around fast food chain Mickey's.

One involves a group of illegal immigrants (Wilmar Valderrama and Catalina Sandino Moreno among them) sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border to work in a meatpacking plant. The plant is being investigated by Mickey's executive Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear) for mixing [...] into the meat that becomes Mickey's signature "Big One" hamburger. The third plot concerns a bright, working class high schooler named Amber (Ashley Johnson), who faces the dim prospect of wasting her best years at a local Mickey's joint.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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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56 of 67 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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hated it.
Published 4 days ago by kmhbllc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars Shock tactics
Right. Well...
This is a graphic and shocking film, I am not a keen admirer of American shock tactics for fun, but if the events are accurate- then people need to be aware. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Finley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not really what I was looking for but in great condition
Published 2 months ago by azzrena franklin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by Paul Greshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Worse than any horror movie I've ever seen
The scene in the processing plant is really disturbing. Worse than any horror movie I've ever seen.
Published 3 months ago by weekrocker
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the tone of the novel
As a fictionalized account of Schlosser's outstanding book, I was surprised at how much of the author's attitude and how many important details are included. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Shumaker
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Great movie, but it doesn't follow the book.
I can't remember the last time I ate a hamburger frim a fast food restaurant.
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth C. Linn
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 10 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 10 months ago by Jennie-M
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