May 9, 2004

Super Size Me

POST #    1014

Last night, I went to check out Super Size Me, a movie about one man's quest to eat McDonald's every day for every meal. Everything that Morgan Spurlock ingested was from McDonald's. No outside sources of intake, not even water that wasn't sold at McDonald's. Everytime he was asked to "super size", he did, and he ate everything on the menu. Sometimes, he actually ordered more than one value meal per sitting. In his 30 days of eating, Spurlock goes from a healthy individual to a softer, rounder version of himself, with some potentially serious health problems.

The logical question is, "why the hell would anyone eat so much McDonald's?" Spurlock decided to do this after McDonald's successfully defended itself from a lawsuit by a pair of obese teenagers from New York who blamed the McDiet on weight problems. In the ruling, the judge said there was no direct evidence of harm caused by the food from McDonald's, something Spurlock obviously disproves.

After seeing this movie, I probably won't go to McDonald's for a month, and when I do, I won't be going to the the worst McDonald's in the world. Once I read Fast Food Nation (probably in a month), I might not go to McDonald's for another few months. I guess seeing this movie was a good thing.

More information:
- Super Size Me - official site
- NY Times: When All Those Big Macs Bite Back

Posted by tien mao in Movies at 10:50 AM



So was the movie as a whole decent or poor? I had heard that it won documentary awards at Sundance, so I'm expecting to hear it was good, but you never can tell. I'll probably have to wait a few weeks for this to make it to the indie theatre here, but I'll be trying to get out to see it.

And any movie that keeps you out of McD's for a little while must be a good thing.

Posted by: joe at May 9, 2004 11:18 AM

joe, the movie was quite good. you just have to deal with the sick fact that he's eating so much mcdonald's. i would compare the movie to michael moore and bowling for columbine (or his other movies) meets mcdonald's.

Posted by: tien at May 9, 2004 11:48 AM

the movie was pretty damn good. Great mix of information and humor. spurlock's a genuinely cool dude as well ... definitely keeps his head in the game and, I think, delivers a pretty non-partison view on the state of "our" health.

tien - enjoy Fast Food Nation. I found that that book wasn't so much against the actual fast food restaurants, but the mass produced and artificial nature of all the food we're sold. it really is quite disgusting. what they call burgers could just as soon be cat-poop and it'd still taste delicious with all the chemicals they pump into it.

Posted by: joel at May 11, 2004 9:33 PM

hmm, cat poop and chemicals...i think you might be onto something joel.

Posted by: tien at May 12, 2004 10:13 AM

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