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Absolutely brilliant documentary. The "special features" interview with Eric Schlosser (Author: Fast Food Nation) is mandatory viewing also.
We watched it while eating a supersized McDs combo... Read more with extra burgers. Make sure you save at least one burger till 3/4 of the way through the film. :o)
An interesting documentary in that you don¿t seem to need to watch it to have an opinion on it. I¿ll spoil the plot for you ¿ eat something all the time and you may get a bit sick¿ in fact if you... Read more only eat asparagus and carrots you probably would not fair well either. Fact is no one has ever told you to only eat McDonald¿s ¿ so it is an experiment without meaning.
Responses to the film are more interesting than the film itself. We love to hate McDonald¿s. The big monster. But, come on - to be fair the menu in NZ is quite different to what is in the film. In fact, I would not call this a documentary ¿ it is a one sided argument wearing blinkers¿ its purpose is to be a mockumentary to validate the existence McS*it t-shirt wearers. It is really just hyped up drivel proving that if you are stupid about your diet you get sick. Big deal. How revealing.
Before you go to McDonalds, put in this DVD, select chapter 8 and watch. That pretty much sums up this documentary. It's entertaining, it's informative, it's disturbing. If you're into self destruction... Read more, then this DVD will give you the opportunity to watch the star of the documentary, Mark Spurlock, feast on the unhealthiest of items from the McDonalds menu. Naturally his life turns into a living hell, his health subsiding towards an idiotically dangerous level. In a time where NZ's obesity figures (per person) matches that of the most obese state in the US (1 in 4), this DVD is quite timely.
My concern with this DVD (and one of the reasons I rated this DVD 3.5 out of 5, otherwise I would have given it a 4) is that of Spurlocks dietitian. One of the experiments axioms was to only eat/drink items from McDonalds. This means at anytime, Spurlock had the choice to consume salads, yoghurts, and water from McDonalds. However, in most sittings, Spurlock always orders the more unhealthy of items. I suggest that the impact to ones' health could have been minimised if he entertained the thought of consuming the more healthier items on the menu. Although it would have been a more expensive method, it could have presented more balanced perspective to this documentary.
I really liked this movie. It was informative as well as entertaining and I will proberly never see junk food the same way ever again. Overall I would recommend it to everyone and any age. I really felt for the guy by the end. What an effort.
A very entertaining, highly informative - and therefore "shocking" - film, SuperSize Me is a "Michael Moore style" documentary on the role that "McDonalds" - of the 'Golden Arches' - and other 'fast-food'... Read more corporations play in the obesity-crisis (because that is what it is) in today's America.
We gathered the whole family - from youngsters to grandparents - to watch, and get "amazed and shocked" together. A healthy dose of information about the unhealthy corporations which are legally 'allowed and protected' to keep 'the bottom line' as their primary objective while causing massive health problems - and by no means only in America. The Golden Arches and similar fast-food outlets are prominent enough right here in Godzone!
This is a film that offers a little bit of everything -- a healthy dose of humour, some hard facts about American (and, to an increasing extent, New Zealand) food and way of life, as well as a good... Read more look into the society that's created such a way of life. Although McDonald's is obviously criticised fairly severely, they're not the only chain pointed out as a culprit in the film, but merely the most recognizable one. The "diet" may not have been a hundred percent scientific, but various doctors and statistics were still consulted. I wouldn't go so far as to say that watching the film will turn people off McDonald's forever, but it does open one's eyes so that at least the public now knows exactly what it's being served.
It discusses a heavy subject, but they manage to keep it light and fun. A must see for everybody.
This was fascinating. The guy who had this bright idea started out from a point of excellent health, and I was hanging on at the end to see how long it took him to get back there. My daughter sat... Read more through it out of lack of any inspiration to do anything else at first, but by the end she was taking as much interest as I was. Certainly not a dinner time type of movie, but there was plenty in it to make you think about what you eat - if you're inclined to care, which I don't think many people are.
Very Good-Would recommend to everyone except the ones who love macdonalds
Amusing, grotesque, but misses too many points IMO. Should have nailed the whole mcfood concept & the political & socioeconomic structure that spawned it to the wall but never seems to drop the training wheels & go for blood. Adequate.