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Running Time:
1 hour, 36 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This ingenious and entertaining film makes for compelling if at times repugnant viewing and although the revelations are not new, the presentation is riveting and frightening.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Hilarious audio commentary by director Morgan Spurlock; Deleted scenes; Interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation; Extra interviews; Special scenes not seen in film: 13 Bags of Garbage and more; Spanish subtitles.



Super Size Me
The documentary is about what producer-director-guinea pig Morgan Spurlock found out during one crazy month-long binge of exclusive dining at McDonalds. It may not come as much of a surprise to hear that fast food is bad for you, but what is surprising is just how devastating an over-abundance of it can be on both your physical and mental health. This fascinating, harrowing and ultimately informative film will probably turn you off of fast food for good, and maybe that's not so bad. About 37% of American children are too heavy, and two out of every three adults are overweight. Spurlock took off on a quest to get some answers, and in the process, he interviewed a multitude of people in 20 U.S. cities across the country, ranging from parents to kids, lawmakers to legislators, and Surgeons General to teachers. But he saved his boldest and cleverest experiment for himself. Much to the consternation of his vegan girlfriend, he decides he is going to eat nothing but McDonald’s fast food for 30 days straight. He would eat every item on the menu at least once, having three square meals a day, and he would only “super size” each meal when he was offered the choice. What started out as a light-hearted experiment gradually turned into a serious health risk, as the formerly-fit Spurlock gained almost 25 pounds, while getting heart palpitations, chest pains and achieving a dangerously high cholesterol level. The shocking revelations made by “Super Size Me” about the fattening of America might be difficult to digest. Among them, most kids were able to identify a photo of Ronald McDonald faster than photographs of President George W. Bush or Jesus Christ, and more people remembered the ingredients of a Big Mac better than the Pledge of Allegiance. His initial excitement turns into genuine concern after he is repeatedly warned about the danger of his experiment by several doctors. But despite upset stomachs, vomiting and depression, he continues on to the bitter end of his unholy experiment, documenting the whole ugly mess. At the beginning, Spurlock, at 6’ 2” weighed 185 pounds. His cholesterol was a healthy 168, his blood pressure 120/80, and his body fat measured 11%. One month later, his weight had shot up to 210 pounds, his cholesterol was 230, and his body fat had increased to 18%. This is the ultimate contemporary horror tale, and it's all real.






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