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In this hilarious yet informative documentary, debut director Morgan Spurlock makes himself the victim of a cruel experiment: he puts himself on a 30-day diet of nothing but McDonald's food. Eating three meals a day exclusively from McDonald's, Spurlock's health quickly deteriorates. The film documents the process from beginning to end, with Spurlock and his doctors making observations and monitoring the changes to his energy level, moods, liver and kidney function, and obviously his weight. As viewers might predict, Spurlock gains weight at an alarming rate, and during this process he offers a shocking lesson about the serious problem of obesity in America. Clearly McDonald's receives the brunt of the blame, as Spurlock shows how the fast-food restaurant directs its advertising at small children, who are converted into faithful consumers of the brand--and its free toy giveaways, bright colors, and Ronald McDonald clown--for life. Spurlock also examines the quality of the food itself, showing the process...
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CastMorgan Spurlock
DirectorMorgan Spurlock
Genre:  Documentary
Release Date:  2004, May 7, 2004
MPAA Rating:  R, PG-13
Runtime:  1hr 36min
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Quick Tip by . September 05, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
What can I say?  This is ridiculously stupid for the fact that Morgan Spurlock tries to point out how unhealthy McDonald's food is by eating it for a whole month.  Of course if you eat crap like that for a month, you're gonna get tons of health problems.  But really, if you eat too much of anything, even healthy foods (such as only eating fruit for a whole month), you're gonna get sick one way or another.  Moderation is the key for everything.      …
review by . May 14, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
   Super Size Me inspired my family's love of quirky documentaries. (Super Size Me is also joined by the classic Best In Show Mockumentary on our list of favorites.) Though we first saw Super Size Me a few years ago it is in our DVD library and we have watched it several times. And our youngest daughter used Spurlock's findings in a recent term paper.       Though this documentary was just the beginning of our awareness of what you eat can kill you, Super Size Me made …
review by . January 14, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: It attacks school lunches.     Cons: Is Spurlock asking for food regulation?     The Bottom Line: Wow, I hated this thing more than I thought.     McDonald's currently stands among the unholy trinity of corporate wrongdoing. (They share their spot with Disney and Microsoft.) Whether they've studied the reports and statistics or you're just giving in to peer pressure, a LOT of people profess to hate McDonald's. And why not? This is …
review by . June 14, 2007
Pros: One can take McDonald's playland balls and hurl them at certain DVD cases     Cons: Disgusting, inappropriate, and off-topic     The Bottom Line: Watch this if assigned to, or if you have a stomach of iron.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie''s plot. Turn Up the Valium      I was first exposed to this documentary in a rhetoric class. After inserting the DVD, she asked us to let her …
review by . July 12, 2004
Pros: Insightful, funny, takes on the giant of McDonalds -      Cons: Crushing indictment on American culture and lack of exercise and junk food nutrition     The Bottom Line: Excellent documentary - recommend to family & friends. Will never think about fast food in the same way again.     The term popularized decades ago now takes on a new meaning ugly as in huge, obese, lazy, people. I had read up on the film and knew the general idea …
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