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Super Size Me (2004)
USA / English
"A film of epic portions. "
An irreverent look at obesity in America and one of its sources - fast food corporations.
Morgan Spurlock Himself
Dr. Daryl Isaacs Himself (as Daryl M. Isaacs MD Internal Medicine)
Dr. Lisa Ganjhu Herself (as Lisa Ganjhu D.O. Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist)
Dr. Stephen Siegel Himself (as Steven Siegel MD FACC Cardiologist)
Bridget Bennett Herself (as Bridget Bennett R.D.)
Eric Rowley Himself, exercise physiologist
Mark Fenton Himself, former editor, Walking
Alexandra Jamieson Herself - Morgan's Girlfriend (as Healthy Chef Alex)
John Banzhaf Himself (as John F. Banzhaf III)
David Satcher Himself (as Dr. David Satcher)
Dr. Lisa Young Herself
Kelly Brownell Himself
Jacob Sullum Himself
Tommy Thompson Himself
William J. Klish Himself (as William Klish)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Producer: Morgan Spurlock
Writer: Morgan Spurlock
A McGood Documentary
The latest statistics say that two out of every three Americans are

overweight, and about one out of every three of those persons

overweight is obese. Morgan Spurlock, an MTV alumnus, decides

to eat three meals a day at McDonald's for thirty days to see how it

will affect him. He must eat every item on the menu at least once

during the thirty days, and he must super size anything he orders

when suggested to by employees. A lot of people are criticizing

Spurlock for setting up a situation where the predetermined

outcome is maximized by his decidedly biased decisions. He

doesn't exercise, and he limits his incidental walking to a mile per

day. This may be partially true, but Spurlock wisely chooses a

humorous approach to his topic; because, the reality is few people

really want to discuss or listen to how overweight they are and why.

Taking a more serious, preachy tone would wear down audience

interest quickly. Besides, the film isn't just about what happens to

Spurlock after eating at McDonald's for thirty days, the results of

which far exceed his three medical consultants' worst expectations. The film also attacks corporate America in general in

the way it tailors its advertising to influence the most vulnerable

Americans: children. From kids that know Ronald McDonald better

than Jesus and George Washington to school lunch programs

that mercilessly serve junk food to the nation's children, Spurlock

illustrates how we are our own worst enemies. As in any good

documentary type film, there are always incidental moments that

reveal more truth about its subjects than the filmmaker could

script. One such moment is a conversation with an obese fourteen

year old girl and the Subway advertisement guy. In between each

humorous episode or interview, Spurlock serves us some facts

and statistics about our love affair with and ignorance about fast

food in small portions, along with a side order of humor. He

doesn't let us off the hook, as he repeatedly demonstrates that

personal responsibility must play a role in our lives when it comes

to nutrition, just like it does in anything else we do. Spurlock stops

short of a Michael Moore, "in your face" approach, and is

successful on his own terms in persuading the audience to take

heed about fast food without being heavy-handed. McDonald's

scaled back its super size menu shortly after the film's release,

although corporate bigwigs claim it had nothing to do with this film.

3 of 4 stars.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 7.6
Running time: 100 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3