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Review of SuperSize Me

Posted by phduffy on 2004-06-03 21:47:22
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I just got back from SuperSize Me, the new documentary from Morgan Spurlock. I am too lazy to include html tags and links right now.

Spurlock decides to look at the American Fast Food industry, specifically McDonald's. He seems to have been inspired by two teenage girls that were in the process of suing McDonalds for making them fat. One of McDonalds' defence is that the girls can't show that there are detrimental side effects to eating at McDonalds.

So Spurlock decides to eat there everyday for a month. The rules are that he has to eat every meal on the menu at least once, and if he's asked to Supersize he has to say yes.

Before his month long McQuest, Spurlock sees 3 doctors, and nutrionist, and a personal trainer. They all give him a clean bill of health. He continues to see them every week to record his progress.

One of the most hilarious parts is that Spurlock's girlfriend is a Vegan chef.
She is not impressed with his quest. She also describes the effect that constantly eating fast food has on their sex life.
Lesson: Don't eat fast food unless you always want her to be on top.

It's pretty obvious that Spurlock is a fan of Michael Moore. This isn't a documentary in the traditional sense, unlike Capturing the Friedman's, which I reviewed earlier. The point of this movie is to see what happens to its maker, not for its maker to observe what was going on. Now, Fast Food may not be as important a subject as gun control of the destruction of a town, but the film makes a pretty good point that obesity is a huge problem. No pun intended.

Spurlock doesn't have the anger that Moore has, but he is able to add some humourous points to his film. And like in Roger and Me, we see his attempts to get an interview with someone at McDonalds shut down.

Spurlock also gets a pretty good collection of lawyers, lobbyists, and health experts to talk about the subject. He looks at how fast food is creeping into every corner of our life, including schools.
He also looks at the question of how much, if any, responsibility fast food makers should have for selling their product. How much is there fault, how much is just consumer choice? He interviews a man that's averaged over 2 Big Macs a day for years, and has eaten over 19,000 of them. (Yes, nineteen thousand). He also happens to be relatively thin and in decent shape.

Now, from the start of the film you pretty much know what's going to happen. It's not a mystery to anyone that eating McDonalds 3 times a day for a month is going to kick your ass. It is a bit of an eye opener when the doctors realize that it's way worse than anything he could have imagined, and that his liver might quit on him.


It's a movie about McDonalds. The whole thing is for kids. How much influence does McDonalds have? Can kids figure it out?
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