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Super Size Me (2004)

Super Size Me
Ronald and Me!

Starring:

Morgan Spurlock

Released In:

2004

Rated:

PG-13

Reviewed By:

Adam Mast

Grade:

A-

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Do you remember a time when it was customary to eat meals at home as a family? Those days are long gone as we now live in world populated by a plethora of fast food joints lead by the chain of all chains McDonalds

Fascinated by a court case in which two young woman sued the McDonalds corporation for serving less than healthy food, energetic film maker Morgan Spurlock decided to delve into this crazed, fast-food phenomenon by doing the unthinkable; he put himself on a strict McDonalds diet. Yes, for an entire month, Spurlock vowed to only eat McDonalds food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So what kind of effect would this experiment have on a healthy, 185 pound, 6 foot 2 man with virtually no medical problems and a vegan girlfriend? I'm not going to reveal the answer in this review as you need to see this picture for yourself. I will say that Mr. Spurlock is not only funny and charismatic, but he also has balls the size of church bells. What he subjects himself to in the name of education is beyond description. He is fearless in his approach but never surrenders his endearing sense of humor.

Like Michael Moore (clearly an inspiration), Spurlock takes a satirical, provocative look at his topic but Super Size Me isn't so much a stab at McDonald's as it is an eye opening experience to Americans. At the same time, the movie is extremely well rounded in it's look at obesity in this country as well as examining the profound effect that fast food culture has had upon our youth. And the stats and tidbits on display here are quite staggering. To give an example, Manhattan Island is approximately 13 miles long by 2 miles wide. Guess how many McDonalds are on Manhattan Island. Would you believe 89? That's just insane. Breaking it down, that's one McDonalds every four blocks. Super Size Me is full of information like this. But the most effective moments in the movie revolve around Spurlock's little endurance test. Though clearly taking his cause to the extreme, it is obvious that he proves his point with flying colors.

Why is fast food so important in today's world? There are a number of reasons, but the convenience factor is way up there. In today's "always on the move" society, McDonalds and other such fast food chains capitalize on our all too busy nature. I have two kids, and occasionally, my wife and I will just run through the drive through because it saves time and is much easier when we're on the go.

Super Size Me is, all at once, funny, educational, and quite scary. Morgan Spurlock has fashioned an outstanding documentary that is informative and hilarious in it's depiction of fast food culture and I hope he and his film get a super sized deal at Sundance. This is an enormously important movie that needs and deserves to be seen.

If I told you that I'll never eat fast food again after watching Super Size Me, I'd be lying. I will say that I'm going to try and cut back in a big way. After you see this outstanding film, you will too.   Next Unread
 
SUPER SIZE THIS, BEEEOTCH!!!!
 
Variety recently reported that McDonalds will soon be doing away with it's Super Size menu. Could that have anything to do with Morgan Spurlock's hilrarious and informative documentary Super Size Me? Could be. If so, it's a perfect example of how powerful a movie can be. Now I can only hope everyone gets a chance to see this terrific film. We at Zboneman.com will keep you posted on where and when Super Size Me can be seen. You can read our review in the Sundance Report.

:: zBoneman.com Reader Comments ::

On The Menu

On The Menu

Whatever you don't miss the hilarious piece that the Boneman wrote about this film. Click on the big Humor Button and click on Super-size This?

All American Poison

All American Poison

I saw this film at Sundance, just as you did - and I haven't seen the theatrical release. I was just wodering if Spurlock had to do any cutting to get a distribution deal off the ground. I hope not. because I loved this film, but if he compromises it to make a buck that will be grounds for a beef.

Richard Larsen

Adam

Adam

Richard,

As far as I know, Morgan didn't have to make any cuts to the film. In fact, McDonalds had reportedly considered legal action, but suddenly backed off. They even got rid of their super size menue. Interesting. As for Super Size Me, it just got released in Los Angeles and New York. I suspect word of mouth will all but guarnentee a fairly large release.

Super man

Super man

If this film doesn't make you think twice about pulling through the drive thru just to get your kids to stop from yapping nothing will - as much as a pain in the ass kids can be on a road trip - that's no reason to go and poison them. Eventually they'll go to sleep and you can get one of those vegetable trays with the ranch dressing and the one cherry tomatoe that exploses down your shirt.

Ryan Bosworth

Nooooooo!

Nooooooo!

Please tell me this is just a hoax - I bloody love Mcdonalds frnech fries - I eat the damn things day and night man - I'm a goner.

Thanks

Thanks

I just got back from seeing this film and it has had a valuable influence on the way I look at my dietary habits, just wanted to say thanks because I doubt if I would have ever heard of this movie if not for your site.

Rick Hammit

Adam

Adam

Rick,

Hi there. I'm glad you got to see the film. I've been pushing it ever since I saw it at Sundance. Happily, the movie is garnering strong word of mouth, and it appears to be doing fantastic at the box office. Given the fast food culture we're all a part of, I really think it's movie everyone should see. Thanks a lot for checking out our site.

Mayor McCheese

Mayor McCheese

As Mayor of McDonaldland I'd like to point out that many of the groundless and actionable accusations made by Mr. Spurlock are now being carefully reviewed by our McLegal staff and I think there will shortly come a day when Mr. Spurlock will recieve a little visit from Evil Grimace. You should have gone after Taco Bell my friend.

Dantrell Minger

Dantrell Minger

MacDonalds - I'm lovin' it. What a great documentary, but I think I've lost my appetite for the rest of my life.

Quincy Yarber

Quincy Yarber

Brilliant and compelling throughout, I just wish Spurlock would make another film instead of dablling about with these TV shows that just aren't as good

doogie

doogie

just saw this. great documentary, for sure. i especially loved the interview with Don Gorske, the 50-year-old Wisconsin man who had eaten 19,000 Big Macs (surely more now) since 1972. i couldn't understand how he was still so skinny and healthy-looking. wish i had a metabolism like that.

Blue

Blue

Only saw this yesterday because of watching it for Health class. Wonderful film that I will always remember for now on! Have to tell some people about the facts in this before they're a goner.

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