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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. Nominated for an Academy Award.
This film is so frightening. Morgan Spurlock eats only McDonalds for a month under many doctors and dietitians care. He is heathy at first but soon describes all of the symptoms of a junkie. Also, his health starts failing and I cannot believe he completed his mission. He was quite sick at the end and very depressed. His health had been compromised. The symptoms he described were like withdrawal. The "Super Size" in the title means that everytime he ordered, if they asked if he wanted it Super Sized, he had to say yes.
Being a person who no longer eats fast-food and haven't for many years, this made me realize how great an idea it was. Another sad commentary is on the youth of America, the interviews where so many descibed how many times they ate at McDonalds.
McDonalds, of course, refused to comment though he tried many times to make an appointment. The 6 1/2 year anniversary is a bonus section where he answers questions. This was just as good as the film.
Yes, this movie is somewhat sensationalist and a little skewed, as Morgan Spurlock is his only test subject. However, Spurlock balances his experiment with fact and quotes from experts, along with interviews with people who make his project of eating McDonald's for every meal for thirty days seem not unrealistic. I have shown this film to students at the high school and college level as an example of an argumentative text, and most find the film entertaining, informative, and disgusting. However, it always surprises me that after seeing the film, some students always say, "Now I want to eat some McDonald's!"
The basic premise of this movie makes sense. However... Who would eat McDonalds for every meal? I am certain if you eat fast food for every meal you will befall the same ill feelings Mr. Spurlock did regardless of the the franchise you choose to frequent. Human bodies work like computers... You put Garbage in... thats what you will get back out. Though its tastey Garbage people need to exercise some self control and stop blaming the fast food chains for making them ill.
Amazingly biased and inaccurate. The documentary which pointed out the holes in this movie (including the unwillingness of the individuals to release the actual diet the guy ate) is unfortunately not available on Amazon.
I just finished rewatching this movie while introducing my younger daughter to it. It's every bit as informative as it was the first time around. And it is disheartening how little progress America has made.
But one thing you did accomplish: McDonald's removed SuperSize Fries from their menu. I hate you Morgan Spurlock! When my kids were younger, once a week, as a very special treat (and our only venture into fast food), I would swing by McDonalds and pick up one box of SuperSize Fries. That's it. Just the one item. Then I would take it home and it would be part of their lunch, the rest consisting of healthier options. Here's the thing, Morgan: all three of us could have lunch off of that one box of SuperSize Fries! When they eliminated that option, that was obviously no longer the case. To get the same amount of fries, I had to order (and pay for) two large orders of fries. That rapidly morphed into 2 Happy Meals (double fries, hold the burger, no soda) consisting of fries and a toy. You cost me a fortune! :)
Had caught this on cable a couple years back. Rented this to watch with the kids, as we had become far too recognizable at our local fast food establishment. It was easy to significantly reduce our fast food intake - without arguments from the kids - thanks to Morgan Spurlock. (Parent warning - if you are considering sharing w/kids, check out the comments on Common Sense Media. They have it rated as PG-13, but I disregarded that recommendation.)
I was watching this with a younger (middle school-aged) group. I am not sure I purchased the educational version of this video....but it was too "educational". Not the movie's fault - I feel like AMAZON should have these labeled better. I have seen this video before, and it is a great video. Just check that you are buying what you are wanting
Wonderful Documentary ! I haven't eaten McDonalds, Burger King, Elias Brothers "Big Boy" (my personal favorite when I did eat burgers other than my own), etc. for years--but I can imagine a steady diet of them, french fries, and a super size drink-- consumed daily--3 times a day-- would bring about some serious health problems--.I just didn't know to what degree...and that's why "Super Size Me" is so good to watch ! Very informative and probably, to some degree, instrumental as to why McDonald's began introducing more healthy alternatives to their menu ! (Morgan tried contacting them enough !).