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Super Size Me

Director: Morgan Spurlock; Release Date: February 28, 2005

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Entertaining, Classic Documentary

  • May 14, 2010

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 a lasting difference in our lives. Now bad choices in food are still guilt-ridden but Spurlock's experiment and the knowledge that came from it helps us to avoid mindless eating. This documentary was fascinating from a medical and psychological standpoint and entertaining, too. The extras are worth watching. 

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May 31, 2010
AerinBlue, I wonder if the YouTubes you've seen aren't inspired by Super Size...the extras included some awful experiments. I still can't eat a fry without remembering that they remained as they were through weeks of waiting for some organic change to happen within the food. Ha. or Ewww.
May 18, 2010
Warning. It will mess with your habits if you are a fast food fan. But if you are looking for excuses to drive past drive thrus, it may give you exactly the oomph you need to do it. Lots of wow moments. I totally recommend it, especially since you have a copy to watch that won't cost you anymore than time and maybe some peace of mind. : ) Very entertaining, too. Thanks for the comment!
May 18, 2010
Thanks for the comments, Redsoda and Clay. Mr. Spurlock is kind of like the angel on my shoulder when I'm faced with fast food temptation. : )
May 17, 2010
I saw this movie a while back and it's also one of my favorite documentaries... =)
May 15, 2010
I saw this documentary years ago and I find myself thinking about it frequently. It is the main reason why I rarely eat at fast food places. My family history and his visits with the doctor in the film are all I need to motivate me to eat healthier. Thanks.
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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 . 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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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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Director: Morgan Spurlock
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: 2004, May 7, 2004
MPAA Rating: R, PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 36min
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