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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Spurlock relates statistics on exercise and obesity, including the estimate that one third of Americans born in 2000 may develop diabetes. The narrator interviewed lawyers, academics, doctors, media figures, and government officials about excessive fast food consumption and its effect on our nation. The narrator also shows how fast food companies market to children to hook them on their products for life.
The narrator underwent regular weigh-ins and blood work during the process, and the movie shows the drastic effects of this diet on the body after a month. Spurlock lists twenty medical conditions commonly exacerbated by obesity. A warning for parents of children who might watch the documentary: there is one scene that shows stomach-size reduction surgery for a man who could simply not control his eating and drinking, and other scene that discusses the effects of excess weight on intimacy. There is also scattered profanity in the film.
Fast food is processed food, and I can add my own personal warning about one of the restaurant's sandwiches. Early in 1992, I became hooked on the McRib, eating one every week before going to a gathering at my college that I used to attend on Tuesday nights. After a couple of months, I abruptly decided to drop that habit--on the final Friday evening in April that year, I got severe food poisoning from a McRib and was sick all weekend.
The bonus features on this DVD include scenes not used in the documentary and an interview with "Fast Food Nation" author Eric Schlosser.
The primary force of communication in SSM is, of course, the host and narrator, Morgan Spurlock. In less than 100 minutes, he takes us on an engrossing and detailed tour through the lifestyle and diet of the average American. He highlights everything from our sedentary activity to our poor food choices, but he doesn’t stop there. Spurlock is also smart enough to see that the problems with eating in the USA is every bit controlled by the system itself as it is by the consumer. Criticism, justified with substantial and thoroughly explained evidence, is leveled at the school systems, the snack food industry, and, of course, the fast food enterprises.
What really makes SSM work, though, is that Spurlock is such an entertaining and likable guide. I spent just as much time laughing as I did groaning and grimacing while watching this film. It’s Spurlock’s delivery that pulls this all together and makes us pay attention to him. HE is teaching us, and WE are learning. So many docs these days and in the past focus too little on the methods of communication of their subject matter — how exactly they transmit their message to the audience — instead relying on preachy, self-righteous narrators to bombard us with disturbing, awkward videos in the hopes that we will do something. For one Goddamned time, I didn’t feel liked I was being talked down to and preached at while watching a documentary. It was incredibly refreshing and extremely enjoyable.
+ Morgan Spurlock’s hosting and narrating are the main selling point here. The guy’s sense of humor is cleverly utilized throughout the doc.
+ The important information is delivered in simple, easy-to-understand chunks and it never comes across as condescending or boring. You will frequently laugh out loud at this s***.
- Some of the information presented is unnecessary and interrupts the funnier, more important facts.
? The soft drink cup size evolution is golden.