51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and somewhat graphic documentary.
This film's goal is to educate you as to the health benefits of a vegan, or at least vegetarian lifestyle, but even more, it is dedicated to educating people as to the horrible atrocities committed to fill the shelves in the meat section of your local grocer. It basically takes three people from different lifestyles and challenges them to embrace a vegan lifestyle for six...
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310 of 343 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned but heavy handed
First up, I've been a vegan for nearly a year and I can attest to the transformational effects it has on your health, fitness, attitude and lifestyle. I've been a single-person marketing campaign for films such as Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, both of which illustrate effectively the positive effects of a plant-based diet (beer is plant based, woo-hoo)...
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310 of 343 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned but heavy handed,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)First up, I've been a vegan for nearly a year and I can attest to the transformational effects it has on your health, fitness, attitude and lifestyle. I've been a single-person marketing campaign for films such as Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, both of which illustrate effectively the positive effects of a plant-based diet (beer is plant based, woo-hoo). Personally, I think the biggest negative of veganism is the stereotyped baggage that follows which I try to fight all the time - vegetable eaters aren't all smoking weed in their drum circles trying to fight the man.
While I support any effort to show people how the Western diet is bad for your health, this film comes across as more of a PETA commercial than an attempt to follow 3 people willfully changing their lifestyle. I'm completely against the way that mass farm treats animals but spreading the vegan word must surely come from illustrating the gains that individuals make rather than having a political agenda about animal treatment. That said, what is shown in the film in the animal processing facilities is disturbing and the public should be aware - but let's make that a focus of a different film.
For me, this film lacked the journey promised in the subtitle about following 3 New Yorkers becoming vegan which could have been funny, personal, touching and dramatic. As a contrast, I think Forks Over Knives is a substantially more approachable film for non-vegans and doesn't press the animal cruelty buttons to guilt people into quitting hamburgers.
51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and somewhat graphic documentary.,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)This film's goal is to educate you as to the health benefits of a vegan, or at least vegetarian lifestyle, but even more, it is dedicated to educating people as to the horrible atrocities committed to fill the shelves in the meat section of your local grocer. It basically takes three people from different lifestyles and challenges them to embrace a vegan lifestyle for six weeks. During those six weeks, as they are learning how they can eat properly without meat or dairy products, they are also exposed to the dark underbelly of animal butchery and production. The film is very graphic in this respect, showing the inside of chicken, beef, and pork production plants and farms. One scene shows the castration of a cow. Very disturbing. The film also teaches about how, just because a label says free range, organic, and cruelty free, it doesnt really actually meet those standards. For example, when we see 'free range', i think we all have a picture of an animal traipsing about a meadow until it's slaughter time (which is gruesome enough). In reality, they are still kept in small pens and squalid conditions, but are simply not confined 12 chickens to a single tiny cage. They show how chicken beaks are melted off to keep them from fighting in the cages. They show a lot. In fact, if you were to watch this film, i think you might view the consumption of meat and dairy quite differently, from both an appeal standpoint, and also from an ethical one.
There is some sloppy editing in this film, including at least one glaringly obvious misspelling, but the overall messages this documentary puts forth are valid, important, and quite compelling.
A definite must watch in my opinion.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Go watch Forks Over Knives instead,
This review is from: Vegucated (DVD)Let me start this review by saying that I am a vegan, animal rights activist. I disliked this documentary so much! It was annoying, came across as poorly made and really was heavy handed with the slaughter house footage. This video would turn most non-vegans off instead of opening their eyes. I'd recommend people watch Forks Over Knives, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and Food Inc, as well as read Skinny Bitch or Eating Animals as these all do what Veducated wished to do. I was so disappointed with this film! There was a lot of hype over this film and I expected so much more.
41 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Instead of converted, turned off.,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)I sat down expecting more recognition of the difficulties of switching to being vegan and the expense of switching to a vegan diet- which was not well addressed in this film. In addition, I agree with some other reviews that the depictions of animal slaughter were unexpected and super violent-to the extent that I ended up fast forwarding though them. I enjoyed the characters that were chosen and their personal experiences; however the heavy amount of material clearly pushing veganism and the unexpectedly graphic material made me distrust the film. I have seen other films that left me wanting to eat better and be more conscious in my choices, such as those suggested by other reviewers of this film. They were far more uplifting and made me want to change my diet far more that this film. I would also add, many of the suggested vegan foods concentrated on overly packaged meat and sweet substitutes instead of healthy vegetables, beans, and grains.
38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great.,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)From the trailer I wasn't positive that I would like all the characters but they were so great really relatable. It totally packed in all the things you go through as a new vegan including the issues that you become aware of. There was so much packed in to this fairly short film and overall it was enjoyable. The scenes of violence towards animals are woven in in ways that help you emotionally recover (and not leave the room crying or turn off the movie) while still being made more aware. It's not going to win any awards for awesome graphics but it is really well made. I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down,
This review is from: Vegucated (DVD)ABOUT ME: I am not a vegan as I still consume some cheese from time to time (I like to use it under the "garnish" category) but otherwise follow a plant based diet and have done so for the past 7 months. Prior to that my family and I consumed only organic chicken and dairy and "healthy" processed foods like Annies cheddar bunnies or pirates booty, rice cakes, etc but we never had things like cookies, cakes or candy in the house unless they were made by me and my wheat grinder. If there was an organic option I would in most cases choose it and I avoided products that added unnecessary amounts of sugar. Most people would think that's ok and it was until I unearthed more information about those foods.
A few months after my father's passing at the age of 65, I stumbled upon fat sick and nearly dead, bought a juicer that day and have juiced every day ever since not only for myself but for my husband and two small children (who LOVE fresh juice). We no longer eat meat or products produced with GMO's and 95% of what we eat is organic. I avoid the processed organic foods like annie's cheddar bunnies; even though they are organic they are still processed. In 7 months my blood pressure (which was never high to begin with) is now 90/64, I've lost 30 lbs and dropped my cholesterol level 53 points.
FINALLY! THE MOVIE REVIEW: Over this time I've read books by Dr. Furhman, Jason Vale, Jon Gabriel, Michael Pollen, John Robbins, etc and I'm slowly but surely plowing through every "health" documentary out there so when I saw that Colin T. Campbell "starred" in this movie (as described on the instant video option) I was really excited as I have read the China Study, seen Forks Over Knives and am currently taking Dr. Campbell's plant based nutrition course at Cornell. The reality is that the movie stars Dr. Campbell in about 90 seconds of the movie. Dr. Furhman; 3 minutes.
I agree with the previous reviewer; if you're looking for an inspirational movie about nutrition - this is not it. I went from delighted to fuming as I watched Marisa take the three individuals to Dr. Furhmans (home?) to taste various HEALTHY vegan foods; things like cashew cream and kale salad. Then take them to the grocery store and tell them it's okay to eat betty crocker frosting in a can and other processed garbage. You'll watch them roast high fructose corn syrup marshmallows over a fire, drink budweiser and eat a bunch of processed tofu hotdogs.That right there sent up red flags that this movie was not about health. In fact the movie's real agenda is pushing the animal cruelty issue. You will be subjected to quite a bit of footage of animal cruelty, slaughter houses, farming methods, etc. MY five year old was watching this with us and we had to cover her eyes for a good part of the movie.
Don't get me wrong - I agree that these practices are inhumane and there should be stricter laws regarding the treatment of these animals in these types of environments but it felt like I was watching two different movies. Was this supposed to be about the promise of a healthy new lifestyle or about animal cruelty? I also think that scaring people into being vegan isn't the way to convert people to a healthier diet as evidenced by Tesla and even Brian who teetered on turning back to carnivores, although the movie states that they are now vegetarian and mostly vegan. In the end the movie shows us how well the candidates did on the 6 week plan. Again I was FUMING. Tesla lost 2 lbs, Brian 5 and Ellen lost 10. We all know weight loss is a huge motivator and if these people had been given the proper tools to prepare healthy vegan foods they would have lost far more weight then they did and in turn would perhaps encourage them to stick with their plant based diet and learn more about nutrition. Instead Marisa relied on scare tactics.
I can only give the movie two starts because Marisa had a chance to really focus on the health, vitality and nourishment that comes with a plant based diet - to spread the word and open people's eyes to what they are consuming and what it does to their bodies. Marisa could have focused on all of this and still only touched on the animal cruelty issue and impact that animals have on the environment and still gotten her point across. I was seriously disappointed in this film and was left feeling almost ripped off because it did not deliver on it's "promise". If you're an animal rights activist you'll surely enjoy this film but if you're looking for a motivating film to get started on a plant based diet - this is not the one. Watch Forks Over Knives, Hungry For Change or Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead instead.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not So Much About Healthy Choices as Humane Choices,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)Not what I hoped it would be. Really focused on the aspect of Veganism because of cruelty to animals. Having been a "junk food" vegan for many years I finally got to the point of understanding it is NOT enough to just be vegan. Eating whole foods, plant based is a key to getting the nutrients. The reason vegetarians and vegans get a bad rap is because many look sickly, which many are. The movie would have been nice if it had addressed eating a whole foods diet and not some crappy pasta with marinara sauce as being healthy. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Joel Fuhrman appear but their guidance to eating healthy is sort of brushed over. It would have been nice to plug more of a nutrient dense diet than eating a bunch of processed foods, even if they are vegan. Graham crackers are not any healthier than nilla wafers even if they are vegan.
Ok, that being said, if you want to reinforce the reason you don't eat meat, than this movie will help with that line of thinking. I just wouldn't use it as a reference for how to eat healthy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good documentary,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)I have to admit that I'm a little surprised by the people saying that this was graphic. To me it seems that the director intentionally kept the super graphic stuff out. Go watch Earthlings and then nothing about this documentary will seem graphic. As far as showing that not all vegans are crazy or super intense, I think this did a good job at doing that. It also showed the struggle that going vegan can cause some people to go through (as with Tesla in the film). My favorite line in this film, and something that I will remember for as long as I live, is "Veganism is about reducing suffering. It's not about being perfect." I showed this film to my hardcore meat-eating friend and it really helped him start his journey of becoming vegetarian.
58 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Started out good, ended as a propaganda tool!,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)The first 35 minutes or so was rather informative and insightful. The author did a good job of laying the ground work for why one might want to become a vegan. It dived into the reasons for some of the health issues facing mainstream America today. It explained the importance of greens, nuts, and grains to the American diet and provided a wonderful societal foundation for a healthier lifestyle. It even explained the true meaning of Organic and why "organic" only pertains to certain practices; thus negating items such as transportation, housing, and care. This documentary then delved into the horrors of factory farms. I've seen similar footage on other Amazon Prime videos and agree that the treatment of animals for the sole purpose of food is an atrocity; but this is where is it started getting political.
Unlike a lot of the other documentaries on Prime, the producer does not site any of the footage that is seen in the documentary. It leads the viewer to assume that all farms are like the ones portrayed. It even showed footage of a "family farm" where the only difference was the size of the farm but not the atrocity toward animals. This is completely unrealistic as it leaves out the farmer who genuinely cares for the livestock and commands a healthy profit as the meat is more highly valued. It completely leaves out the fact that while US law doesn't go far enough, the growing number farmers who believe in organic, free-range chicken, pork, and cattle is on the rise as the society at large is demanding change. As was seen in Food Inc., one of the farmers mentioned:"Farmers are resourceful individuals, if the public wants a healthier product, the farmer will produce." This mindset is completely left out of the equation because it doesn't fit the mantra the author is trying to convey. The incompetence reached its climax as GLOBAL WARMING was a by product of the livestock. This is due largely in part to the breathing and FARTING of the livestock. The producer then switches to a video of an activist claiming that America has more contaminated water than ever before. This is preposterous and a shining example of incompetence on parade.
Another point of fallacy is seen in the beginning of the documentary. The producer takes the subjects to a supermarket and shows the alternatives to common foods such as Tofukey, yosoy icecream, boca burgers, ect. Here's the problem that was conveniently left out: This stuff costs 2-4 times more than the mainstream alternatives. Unlike other documentaries that addressed the fact that McDonald's is often the meal of choice due to the attractive cost, this film portrays these alternatives as a simple 1 for 1 alternatives and all Americans have to do is switch - like one switches from Coke to Pepsi. This is simply not true and is not financially sustainable for struggling families who live in realville. As was mentioned in Food Inc., where $10 feeds a family of 5 at the drive thru of the Golden Arches, the same $10 barley can by 2 heads of broccoli and fresh green beans. Again, blatant misrepresentation portrayed as convenient, simplistic, and environmentally responsible.
What turned out to be a rather enjoyable and informative documentary turned into a political statement with no citations and abundantly unstantiated conjectures. It could have been a wonderful documentary teaching people the hazards of our American diet and the success of those wanting to change; instead it was riddled with inaccuracies and blatant misinformation tailored to make it seem as the viewer is the problem to our current condition and all they have to do is be veducated.
25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan,
This review is from: Vegucated (Amazon Instant Video)I watched this movie as a vegan and familiar with the points raised. This is the rated G version of slaughter house practice. For years I played games in my head concerning my meat use. I tried buying my meat from small local farms that didn't hide their slaughter practices but in the end I still felt bad that another being had to die for me to live. I was raised on the dairy industry message that meat consumption was the only way to get a healthy diet and despite my love of the taste I just figured that killing was a needed evil for my own well-being.
A vegan friend challenged my belief system and I learned more and more about plant based diets, and how they could not only replace meat, but exceed them for health.
I challenged myself to try a vegan diet for three months. I started on New Years day and am almost done with the three month experiment.
I have lost 32 pounds despite eating more. My complexion has cleared, My energy level has improved. Actually my whole outlook on life has changed.
I would encourage everyone to TRY it. There is no contract to sign, you can go back anytime. Do some reading and learn what foods will truly supercharge your life.
Rock on and peace to all
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