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

Super Size Me

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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. on 1 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
A "4 x 4" is a quadruple cheeseburger (4 meat patties, 4 slices of cheese) sold off-menu by a burger chain well known in the SoCal area, a semi-surreptitious transaction reminiscent of the whispered come-on, "Hey, mister, want to buy some dirty pictures?", of a long-ago, less liberated era. I'm salivating just thinking about it - with fries, of course.
SUPER SIZE ME is an absorbing and informative documentary ostensibly targeting McDonald's as the purveyors of nutritionally nasty food that's undermining the foundations of global health. Writer/director Morgan Spurlock volunteered himself to eat nothing but McDonald's fast food for thirty consecutive days while having his physical health and blood chemistries monitored by medical and dietary professionals. Morgan had several self-imposed "rules". He had to eat all three daily meals at the chain, consume every item on the Golden Arches menu at least once, and agree to "supersize" his order if asked by the sales clerk. Morgan sampled outlets across the U.S., including California, Texas, Ohio, and New York.
By Day Thirty, Spurlock had gained 27 pounds while driving his liver enzymes, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels up into the heart palpitations range. But, over and above documenting this personal self-abuse, Spurlock mainly examines the effects of fast food on the nation's young - the insidious insinuation of the stuff into school lunch programs, and the wickedly pervasive advertising by the evil fast food giants designed to hook children for life before the inevitable triple bypass. The documentary visually reinforces the message with shot after shot of grossly overweight citizens both behind and in front of the McDonald's cash registers.
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