Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

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Director: Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano

Cast: Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano

     
 
Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food and features an all-star cast that includes Greg Kinnear,

Overview

Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food and features an all-star cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and Luis Guzman. Mickey's is the most popular fast-food chain in America, and The Big One is the top-selling burger that put them on the map. When the higher-ups at Mickey's corporate offices learn that the frozen meat patties used to make the wildly popular burger have somehow been tainted with contaminated meat, they send marketing executive Don Henderson (Kinnear) on an urgent mission to ensure quality control and find out precisely how their product became compromised. It's a long way from the Southern California boardroom to the immigrant slaughterhouses, though, and the further Henderson works his way through the bustling feedlots and toward the ubiquitous restaurant sites that have become a staple of modern culture, the more he begins to realize just how dangerous convenience can become when it leads to blissfully ignorant complacency.

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In the opening minutes of Fast Food Nation, Richard Linklater grosses us out by zooming deep into the pocked, greasy surface of a typical fast food hamburger. Whether intentionally or not, the film assumes the same aesthetic as that industrialized disc of meat -- it looks grimy and fuzzy, like the budget might have been slashed. Perhaps that explains why Fast Food Nation didn't enjoy a more universally positive reception, because its content -- its meat, if you will -- is solid. Linklater follows in the structural footsteps of Steven Soderbergh, whose Traffic examined the drug war at all levels, from white collar to foot soldier. Linklater's topic is the meat industry, and he shocks us in ways far beyond the physical appearance of a burger. First there's the fast-food executive (Greg Kinnear) who learns that fecal matter is regularly intermingled with the meat; he serves as both the surrogate for the horrified viewer, as well as the stand-in for a documentary filmmaker who might seek to expose such conditions. Worse is when Linklater closes with images of cow slaughter from an abattoir, which would be right at home in such a documentary, because they're 100-percent real. A loose adaptation of Eric Schlosser's book, Fast Food Nation also follows the undocumented workers exploited by the meat companies, as well as a group of teenagers who are planning a half-hearted protest. One might accuse Linklater of being a bit half-hearted with the latter storyline, and truth be told, Kinnear's character disappears from the narrative for long periods as well. It's the illegal immigrants played by Catalina Sandino Moreno and Wilmer Valderrama, then, who are the film's real emotional center. They function as a case study of the experience of numerous immigrants, with the same nominal highs and depressing lows that comprise the "the American dream" for the prototypical outsider. Fast Food Nation does also give us doses of the Richard Linklater we know and love, most notably when Ethan Hawke shows up to bond with his brainy teenage niece (Ashley Johnson). It's here that Linklater indulges his fondness for a) working with Hawke, and b) using intellectual dialogue to attack the core issues in his films.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
UPC:
0024543418689
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Serving size: 8 oz.; Serving per containder: About 1; Amout per serving; Calories 0; % daily value*; Audio commentary by director/screenwriter Richard Linklater and author/screenwriter Eric Schlosser 15%; Manufacturing Fast Food Nation 20%; Photo Gallery 5%; Flash animation films: The Meatrix, The Meatrix II: Revolting, The Meatrix II 1/2 and; The Backwards Hamburger 12%; * Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patricia Arquette Cindy
Bobby Cannavale Mike
Paul Dano Brian
Luis Guzman Benny
Ethan Hawke Pete
Ashley Johnson Amber
Greg Kinnear Don Anderson
Kris Kristofferson Rudy Martin
Avril Lavigne Alice
Esai Morales Tony
Catalina Sandino Moreno Sylvia
Lou Taylor Pucci Paco
Ana Claudia Talancón Coco
Wilmer Valderrama Raul
Bruce Willis Harry Rydell
Michael Conway Phil
Francisco Rosales Jorge
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Debi
Roger Cudney Terry
Glen Powell Steve
Cherami Leigh Kim
Juan Carlos Serrán Esteban
Yareli Arizmendi Gloria
Matt Hensarling Kevin
Mileidy Moron Marchant Vicky
Dakota Edwards Stevie
Raquel Gavia Rita
Hugo Perez Francisco
Ellar Salmon Jay
Helen Merino Lisa
Erinn Allison Hotel Desk Clerk
Barbara Chisholm Waitress
Larizza Salcido Gameros Maria
Lana Dieterich UMP Nurse
John Scott Horton Greg
Mitch Baker Dave
Aaron Himelstein Andrew
Frank Ertl Jack
Marco Perella Tom Watson
Armando Hernandez Roberto
Monica Cano Mascorro Magdalene
Carlos Adrian Romero Ayala Tino
Humberto E. Velez Sanchez Cesar
Cora Cardona UMP Translator

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Justine Baddeley Casting
Gary Bourgeois Sound Mixer
Ann Carli Co-producer
Bruce Curtis Production Designer
Lee Daniel Cinematographer
Kimberly Davis Casting
Sara Greene Associate Producer
Vance Holmes Camera Operator
Lee Hunsaker Costumes/Costume Designer
Shane F. Kelly Cinematographer
Dylan Kieszlowski Art Director
Martin Jacob Lopez Sound/Sound Designer
Malcolm McLaren Producer
Joaquin Morin Art Director
Michael J. Morreale Executive Producer
Meredith Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg Orloff Sound Mixer
Vince Palmo Asst. Director
Patrick Pasquier Art Director
Kari Perkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Jose De La Luz Ravelo Stunts
Chris Salvaterra Executive Producer
Edward Saxon Co-producer,Executive Producer
Eric Schlosser Co-producer,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Beth Sepko Casting
Rob Simons Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Alexandra Stone Associate Producer
Ricky Strauss Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
David M. Thompson Co-producer,Executive Producer
Peter Watson Co-producer,Executive Producer
Steve Wolf Special Effects

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Fast Food Nation 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FAST FOOD NATION got such minimal response in the theater run that it seemed to go straight to DVD. The PR for the film was such that it appeared to be 'hilariously funny' (according to the DVD box cover) and as such might just provide a bit of humor after a tumultuous day of work. WRONG! This little film adapted by Richard Linklater from Eric Schlosser's frightening book is agonizingly biting and insightful: if you elect to watch it, be prepared for some ugly facts that may just produce insomnia. Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear) is a marketing strategist for 'Mickey's', a fast food chain that is highly successful in selling millions of 'The Big One' (the comparisons to the McDonald's Big Mac are not subtle!) and discovers that the meat patties have been found to grow E. coli in the lab! On an expedition to explore the validity of this problem he travels to Cody, Colorado to visit the plant that produces the meat patties for the entire national chain. And so the plethora of storylines begin: the film examines the illegal immigrants from south of the border brought in by coyotes, treated like dirt, and given jobs 'cleaning' the meat plant and working the food chopping lines and eventually the killing and slaughtering of the cattle whose housing conditions are filth personified the teenage workers who people the Mickey's chain are shown to be discontent and equally capable of planning robberies as they are of attempting to free the soon-to-be-burgers cattle the callous corporate types who cover the facts in favor of increasing monetary gain the plant workers who abuse the immigrant workers in every way possible the utter boredom of the populace of Cody and the resultant pacified response to the 'big problems' that seethe through their town. Yes, it is an expose of corruption on many levels, but the film doesn't stop there. Linklater and Schlosser are careful to include the individuals caught up in the mess and those individuals run the gamut from the immigrants who only want to find a better way of life and will subject themselves to horrors both in their trek across the border and the mistreatment in the factories to find it, to the honest men of the corporations, the ranchers, and the teenagers who try to make a stand against the many problems that overwhelm them. And that is what makes the film so moving: it personalizes rather than generalizing. The cast is huge and without exception excellent: Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale, Ashley Johnson, Paul Dano, Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzmán, Wilmer Valderrama, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ana Claudia Talancón, Juan Carlos Serrán, Armando Hernández, Esai Morales, Ethan Hawke, Avril Lavigne...the cast just goes on and on. Be ready for some horrendously brutal scenes not only in the killing and cutting lines but in the sexual abuses equally as tragic. This is a film that should affect the viewer, and while it is overly long at almost two hours, it is as pungent a social comment as has been made. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have never been inside of a meat packing plant, but my father had. once was enough for him, he had taken his livestock to market. this was back in the 60's, and because of what he saw, he would not let us have any hot dogs. ever. the kill floor is disturbing, but watching how they handle the meat we eat was more disturbing. (the old sausage adage comes to mind, you would not eat it if you knew how they made it) this ugly side of meat packing has gone on for a long time. they get around it by cooking it for a long time to kill everything. and inspectors, must have some low standards, because i don't think they really try to hide how they handle the meat. thank goodness when we ate meat we where able to have it butchered at a local and known butcher shop. this movie just seemed like a reminder to me that nothing has changed, it may be worse. i hope the cable movie networks play the heck out of this, and more people see it. it really was a good movie, but disturbing, you can also see they don't care anymore about the meat than they do the workers.
blackwingedangel21 More than 1 year ago
Because of this movie, I am NEVER going to eat fast food again. It was just digusting, the way they treated the poor Mexicans who were trying to make a better lives for themselves, and the way they treated the animals was just as worse. What is wrong with these fast food industries!?? Do they realize they're letting LITTLE kids eat this crap. literally.
ObjectiveReviewer More than 1 year ago
Before you next trip to a fast food chain - kindly watch this movie.
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