Super Size Me
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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject in this documentary about the commercial food industry. After eating a diet of McDonald's fast food, three times a day for a month straight, Spurlock proves the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food. Spurlock also provides a look at the food culture in America through it's schools, corporations, and politics. "Super Size Me" is a movie that sheds a new light on what has become one of our nation's biggest health problems: obesity.
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rejected five times by the USC film school, won the best director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for this alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation. Under extensive medical supervision, Spurlock subjects himself to a steady diet of McDonald's cuisine for 30 days just to see what happens. In less than a week, his ordinarily fit body and equilibrium undergo dark and ugly changes: Spurlock grows fat, his cholesterol rockets north, his organs take a beating, and he becomes subject to headaches, mood swings, symptoms of addiction, and lessened sexual energy. The gimmick is too obvious to sustain a feature documentary; Spurlock actually spends most of the film probing insidious ways that fast food companies worm their way into school lunchrooms and the hearts of young children who spend hours in McDonald's playrooms. French fries never looked more nauseating. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
- Four deleted scenes
- Interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
- Extra interviews
- The Last Supper: recipes from healthy chef Alex
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I wish more documentaries were done in this style - why does "thought-provoking" have to be strictly scientific and rigorously academic? That is a stylistic choice, and it is laudable when the director chooses to present a documentary in a more academic style, but that style is also difficult to make fun and playful. I appreciate this documentary's attempts to be both thought provoking, and in doing so, influence public awareness and discussion on the matter, while having fun and being an entertaining film. It does what it set out to do, and does it well.
He eats McDonald's for breakfast lunch and dinner for 30 days. He had to eat everything on the menu at least once and if they asked if he wanted an upsize he had to do that.
Starts off with a full Med visit with labs before heading out across the US and goes back after the oroject.
Fascinating documentary on so many levels.