May 25, 2004

Super Size Me (Capsule Review)

I expected an activist film on McDonalds. What I got was a very humorous personality giving his point of view.

As everyone should know, eating junk food every day will damage your health. But we’re inundated with fast food advertising to the point that fast food permeates our culture. And, it’s specifically targeted at children. If you have kids, you know the pressure to visit fast food joints.

In any case, as many people have pointed out, it’s a matter of personal responsibility to control your own eating habits. And everyone though that eating fast food (exclusively) for a month is crazy. And maybe that’s just why Morgan Spurlock did it. It’s only a fuzzy concept before someone goes and does it. And to see someone do it drives the message home.

But even that is not the best reason to see Super Size Me. Spurlock is a funny guy. He’s got a great sense of humor, and a great personality. In a lot of ways, he’s like a kid—he wants to eat this fast food. His girlfriend is a vegan chef, but he doesn’t buy into it. At times, you almost suspect he is doing this in part to tweak his better half (and from her exasperated appearances, she may suspect it as well).

I don’t want to reveal much about the details of this film. I’m keeping this to a capsule review because I just want to tell you that this is a very amusing film, and you should see it for that and not necessarily the activism. If you want to know about the fast food industry, read Fast Food Nation. But see this film, for the entertainment value.

Posted by James at May 25, 2004 1:56 PM
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Yuck. I can't remember the last time I ate at one of those places. Fast food crap doesn't even taste good.

Life's too short to eat bad food.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 25, 2004 1:59 PM

I heard about this on NPR this morning. I couldn't find the story there, so here it is from CNN:

MTV not lovin' film on McDonald's?

'Super Size Me' distributors say Viacom unit claims ads disparage fast-food chain; network denies.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 27, 2004 2:46 PM

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