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Super Size Me (2003)

Cast: Morgan Spurlock
Director: Morgan Spurlock
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Studio: Hart Sharp Video
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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First-time director Morgan Spurlock takes a look at the subject of obesity in the United States, specifically zeroing in on the business and culture surrounding the nation's fast-food industry in this 2004 documentary. In addition to studying the marketing of fast food to American children and unsuccessfully attempting to gain an interview with McDonald's executives, Spurlock attempts to become one of his own subjects by documenting a one-month binge during which he survived only on items from the McDonald's menu, forcing himself to eat three meals a day and try every offering at least once. Super Size Me premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

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Freedom Requires Responsibility by dvdemon March 15, 2005 - 8:12 AM PST
7 out of 19 members found this review helpful
Morgan Spurlock goes on a 30 day, all fast food binge to prove that sodas and junk food are unhealthy. Sound like breaking news to you? Me neither, but this film criticizes those evil McDonalds lawyers for arguing that this fact is common knowledge.

First the good points: Morgan correctly indicates the importance of nutrition on brain chemistry. Fast-food diets lack almost all nutrients to some degree, especially brain nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. Hence the over-medication of America with drugs like Prozac. (Morgan should taken on the pharmaceutical companies instead--McDonalds doesn't pay doctors to prescribe Big Macs and sodas.)

Also positive was Morgan's critique of school lunches. This is a serious problem, and the schools need to take responsibility here. Children need nutritional guidance and discipline and schools are entrusted with their well-being. As demonstrated, kids who are given healthy food in school are more balanced, more intelligent, and better behaved. No Ritalin required, just basic nutrition. It doesn't even cost more!

On the negative side: this documentary cites admittedly fraudulent studies by the CDC on obesity-related diseases. It also tilts away from personal responsibility. It basically equates advertising with mind control. It faults McDonalds for providing playgrounds for kids as a tactic to "lure them in". This implies that the helpless "parents" are then forced to buy sodas and greasy mcnuggets for their children! The film notes that in 30 days, Morgan was asked nine times if he wanted to Super Size his food. So what? The point is, all nine times, Morgan said YES!

Of course corporate greed will profit from our inexcusable ignorance and lack of self-discipline--you get what you buy! People know they should exercise, but "who has the time for that?" Turn off the television and do some push-ups, fatty! What you're really saying is, "Who has time to take responsibility for their own health, or their own children? Why can't we force the food corporations to give us what the food police dictate instead of what we buy every day?"

It's called freedom, folks. Supply and demand. Stop buying it, and I guarantee they will stop selling it. The liquor store on the corner didn't make you an alcoholic, and McDonalds did not make you fat. If you keep acting like a helpless baby, you can be damn sure the government will start treating you like one--by taking control of your choices and your freedoms, one by one. And you will have begged them to do it! If Americans are truly this weak, they deserve to lose the nation they inherited from previous generations.

standing ovation by lividsnails March 4, 2005 - 10:23 AM PST
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This is one of those movies that get a standing ovation in theatres. A couple minor editing flaws, but overall left me thinking THIS is what a documentary should do: be intriguing, leave you thinking, present you with questions you never thought of before or never thought of IN THAT WAY before. I hope Spurlock does more!

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Better Than Anticipated by JMVerville October 21, 2004 - 7:16 AM PDT
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Although this film is by no means a fantastic one, it certainly had its' moments and was entertaining. I was expecting this to be purely indicting with no real sense of objectivity, trying to make everything into a sad joke about society, but I truly am pleased to see that Mr. Spurlock did a decent job and did no try to manipulate the reality of the situation in the least. I found this to be some of the more honest documentary work that I have seen, and I truly respect that in a day and age where a 'documentary' often means a piece of political propaganda.

Not only this, but it is, overall, an entertaining film that kept me laughing and wanting to hear more. I advise you to check it out -- definitely worth a viewing.

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