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Review: Super Size Me (2004)

Fast food joints in 2004 were surprisingly different. Whether the changes made were due to Morgan Spurlock or not, we might never know. But this hyperbolic cautionary tale definitely started to open peoples minds about the fast food industry.

Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock’s feature debut, follows the filmmaker as he dines at fast food staple McDonalds for 30 days. Breakfast lunch and dinner. Plus, if they ask if he would like to “super size it”, he must oblige. Right from the get go, when he can’t stomach a super sized meal, and ends up with a mess, we know this might be harder than first imagined. While we learn plenty about the fast food industry, the real interesting tidbits come from American society, whether talking to schools or random people on the streets.

Super Size Me might not even make sense to first time viewers in a few years, after all McD’s got rid of the option not too long after the release of the film. And when was the last time you saw someone with a Big Gulp? So, maybe some good has come out of it all. While it is rediculous for anyone to eat out 90 times in a month, it does show you the power that those foods have. It may be telling us stuff we already know, but why haven’t we done anything about it?

My Rating: B

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