Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

3.3 6
Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: 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, See more details below

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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All Movie Guide
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.

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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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