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Super Size Me 2004

4.0 out of 5 stars (81) IMDb 7.3/10

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
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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Many years ago, a Canadian friend achieved the ambition of a lifetime by taking a trip to China. She woke up first morning to discover a McDonalds down the road from her hotel. She felt harassed. She'd spent her whole life trying to assert her own culture and escape the clutches of US monopolies. But the franchise of the bland had beaten her to China, ready to burger yet more of the world's great cuisines.
"Super Size Me" is the latest, and one of the most successful, efforts to geld the Golden Arches and stop their further reproduction. As an institution, McDonalds has been in the visible vanguard of globalisation. George Ritzer's books "The McDonalization of Society" and "The McDonaldization Thesis" exposed the firm's single-minded pursuit of economy, efficiency, and standardisation in marketing and supply. It's not just that the burgers taste the same wherever you go, but the product range and treatment of staff are the same - and there are few concessions to local culture. As a Scot, I'm still outraged they pinched a solid Scots name for their flabby firm!
Of course, it's in its homeland, the USA, that McDonalds grew fat, and it's there that Morgan Spurlock carries out his experiment in gastronomic monogamy. Remaining faithful to a diet of burgers, chips, salt and sugar, Spurlock puts on nearly two stone in his thirty day marathon as he eats his way across the States, dining nowhere but McDonalds. He gained nearly a pound a day! Not to mention his cholesterol levels peaking!
Lest you imagine that the whole film is an extended version of the publicity poster and DVD cover, we don't spend a couple of hours simply watching Spurlock stuff his face. This is actually a decent attempt at investigative journalism - and to be seriously welcomed for that.
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You've probably seen umpteen ITV fillers on how junk food is- gasp!- bad for you and read a sickening number of hysterical Daily Mail articles slamming the latest sugary kids' treat, so why should you go see some MTV berk stuff himself silly with McDonald's in the name of protest? Because this berk has done his homework and made the essential anti-Ronald salute. Super Size Me is entertaining, informative, sometimes disgusting, always genius.
The premise is simple: the skinny, healthy and likeable Spurlock binges on McDonald's for 30 days. That's a Big Mac or 'food' alternative morning, noon and night. Heaven for a kid, hell for a fully-grown adult who knows the dangers lurking under the golden arches. Luckily, Spurlock's mission is one of both education and entertainment, so you don't end up with some sick Jackass stunt with burgers. In between scenes of him gorging, barfing and almost dying, Spurlock provides some insight into the obesity craze. Interviewing dozens of victims of Ronald's wrath, the result is plenty of facts and information to put the hardest heart off McDonald's for life: the secret behind McNuggets, junk food clogging up American schools, unwatchable footage of obesity surgery... it will make you queasy but it's incredibly powerful.
Spurlock pretty much answers questions and criticisms you'll undoubtedly enter the cinema with. It's just for a month with one guy, right? Yes, but during the month, Spurlock munches the amount of fast food most people are supposed to eat in eight years. And although it is one guy sticking his middle finger up to something you've heard over and over again, Super Size Me is the most fully-realised and plain enjoyable attack on the greasy stuff ever made.
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