Super Size Me 2004

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Hilarious but informative, this documentary examines the problem of obesity in America. Morgan Spurlock's weight gain and health is monitored as he goes on a diet of only McDonald's food for 30 days. Its aggressive advertising is also looked at. You'll think twice about picking up a Big Mac!

Starring:
Morgan Spurlock
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Morgan Spurlock
Starring Morgan Spurlock
Studio Palisades Tartan
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 5 July 2005
Format: DVD
Morgan Spurlock came up with a terrific idea with this documentary of using himself as a guinea pig, even if it meant temporarily endangering his health and suffering some indigestion. Under medical supervision, he went to 20 cities and only ate at McDonald's, eating everything on the menu at least once for 30 days. Spurlock certainly has done a service in a cause I believe in, to educate people in nutrition and the dangers of digging one's grave with fast food container. Above his message of dietary abuse, Spurlock is also an excellent filmmaker, and deftly balances facts, interviews, and the progress of his personal foray into the world of greasy, sugary junk food, often with a good slice of humor. Yes, it is manipulated in parts, but there is so much information in the film for those who eat in McDonald's or any of their competitors to learn, that a little embellishment is forgivable.
What puzzles me, is where have our taste buds gone? I remember many years ago attempting to eat a Big Mac, and having to spit it out. Much of the attraction is the "idea" of McDonald's...Ronald the clown, the toys, the packaging, as well as an addictive x factor to the food, and the film clearly points all this out. Among the DVD extras not to be missed is the long interview with Eric Schlossen, author of "Fast Food Nation," and the short segment on how Spurlock's garbage increased along with his waistline. Good cinematography by Scott Ambrozy and top notch editing add to the enjoyment of this award winning documentary, which has a running time of 100 minutes.
I live across the street from a high school, and see the future of America waddle in and out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
the documentary does exactly what you expect it to do and does it intelligently and with maximum impact. Spurlock's journey is fascinating to watch and the effects of a McDiet are more horrible than you can imagine, even his doctors are surprised and distressed. Spurlock's greatest documentary skill, however, is in letting people speak for themselves. He gets people talking about food and their weight without any voice over or commentary -- you get to draw your own conclusions -- something Michael Moore could learn from. Definitely worth watching, even if you think you know what it's about. Plenty to surprise you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R D Droy on 4 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
This film should be shown to all kids at school. the film was making good points, it didn't over-labour them. The film let you make your own mind up. My conclusion was to eat junk food more than once a month was just damn harmful.
Good, informative, entertaining film - enjoy without fries!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Ok, I greatly enjoyed this film, in all its misinformation and grotesquerie. Spurlock (only Dickens could have coined a better name for him) wanted to show that with dietary excess, comes personal horror and poor health. He did, by consuming approximately 5000 calories a day or more, with three super-sized meals a day at McDonald's. He also quit exercising.

Well, anyone who ate that much would get sick and fat. I have returned to the US after 6 years in Europe, and I am SHOCKED by what a normal portion is in the US. Fast food is not designed to be eaten that much, and I bet not even McDonald's executives would want him to eat like that. So, in the end, this film and his expanding waistline and alarming health indicators are purposefully engineered. If you look at what he did in this way, it is disingenuous.

It is sad that many less-educated Americans do as he did, albeit they do over a slightly longer period of time than one month of supersizing. He just did it more purely, and by conscious effort. That is what is valuable about this film: he demonstrates, with his own body, what some less educated people do as a matter of course over several years.

Spurlock is similar to Michael Moore, if a lesser talent. By exaggeration and grotesque simplification, they make great propaganda. I identify somewhat with their agenda and respect the way that they stir the pot - otherwise, the fat would rise to the top - but their work is not the kind of investigative journalism that starts out without message already chosen. It is a kind of muckraking entertainment, edumuckraking if you will.

That being said, the impact of this film is positive in balance, I believe. It gets people to think - at least in my case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. on 1 Mar. 2005
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Thoroughly enjoyed this film. In the Michael Moore vein of commentary on American life and society, but not so bad-tempered. Well, of course eating nothing but lots of MacDonald's meals for a month would probably not be good for you, but watching the process in action is fascinating and repelling! Good to watch with teenagers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. G. L. Richards on 20 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
As a keen fast food lover myself this dvd made me feel physically sick, especially the extra footage of the fries. Macdonalds fries did not decompose or gather mould at all, not even after 10 weeks or standing. Imagine what they are doing in your body!
Its not only a great watch for the health conscious, but for those dieting and losing motivation, watch this! you will never fun so fast on that treadmil or eat so much salad! It has certainly turned my views around.
I found this dvd entertaining, shocking, frightening, disgusting and funny. What more could anyone ask for? But I will warn you, it made me very very hungry!
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