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Super Size Me

A Month of Happy Meals

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Supersize Me

Morgan Spurlock monitors the effects of eating nothing but McDonald's food.

What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely sampling selections from the entire menu from Big Macs meals to yogurt parfaits, salads and fish filets? With a team of highly qualified doctors monitoring his health every step of the way, director Morgan Spurlock answers this question: your body falls apart.
Spurlock also has the perfect narrative hook: himself. Following in the tradition of Michael Moore, Spurlock is the narrative hero of his own film – and this is just fine. An articulate speaker, he is also a compassionate listener and a wonderful guide.

Over the course of his experiment, Spurlock gained eighteen pounds, became depressed and withdrawn, suffered from severe headaches, mood swings and disturbing chest palpitations. All of these shocking changes take place on camera. After thirty days, he goes into liver failure.

"Super Size Me" is a terrific film that takes the seemingly not-so-sexy subjects of health, nutrition, and corporate greed and turns them into informative entertainment. Crisply edited, Spurlock's steady stream of meals at McDonalds are cut with interviews with his vegan chef girlfriend, his concerned nutritionists and doctors, fast food consumers, and corporate lobbyists.
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Super-bore Me, Member mjreller

A classic case of a 'documentarian' whose answer came before his question. An all too common phenomenon these days. Boy gets idea- boy makes movie specifically designed to support his idea- boy calls movie documentary. Sad, and boring. In the first twentyfive minutes he is lolling about in his vehicle after a McDonald's meal, moaning and groaning. Who is surprised at the end that he is depressed and lethargic? Yes, people who eat McDonald's every meal, every day are fat and unhealthy. This statement is no shocker and the people interviewed on the streets in the early portion of this movie say as much. At that point he could have shut down production and said to himself 'yeah common sense prevails'. Alas he insists on proceeding with his asinine 'experiment'. 30 days later the man who didnt eat fast food prior (his girlfriend is a vegan chef, so its safe to say he isnt eating a lot of burgers) is heavier, and less healthy in almost every way. If thats a shocker you should enjoy the heck out of this waste of film. Or, if you are sitting there reading this enjoying a bowl of quinoa and tofu with acai berries, queue this one up and get high on a mega dose of self-satisfaction.

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