Super Size Me

Super Size Me

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Cast: Morgan Spurlock

     
 

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Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, came up with a great hook for his debut as a documentary filmmaker. His experiment, to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engagingSee more details below

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Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, came up with a great hook for his debut as a documentary filmmaker. His experiment, to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engaging tangents about American culture's disturbing trend toward obesity. Though the prose in his voice-overs occasionally reveals Spurlock's amateurism, the editing and the quality of his interviews more than make up for it. Spurlock has absorbed the work of Michael Moore and manages to achieve the same intricate balance between laughter, shock, and information that makes Moore's films entertaining, although Spurlock is without any righteous anger. Spurlock understands how to present his interviewees in fascinating ways. The health advocate heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune, a school chef, and a man who eats 750 Big Macs a year are just three examples of how Spurlock gives his subjects enough screen time to allow the viewer to get a sense of who they are as people, not just pawns in Spurlock's film. While he could easily have exploited his relationship with his charming vegan chef girlfriend, Spurlock instead makes her an equal in the film. She provides some of the best emotional moments in the film. Spurlock successfully melds personal filmmaking techniques, investigative journalism, and a healthy interest in other people to make an engaging film on an important topic.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, came up with a great hook for his debut as a documentary filmmaker. His experiment, to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engaging tangents about American culture's disturbing trend toward obesity. Though the prose in his voice-overs occasionally reveals Spurlock's amateurism, the editing and the quality of his interviews more than make up for it. Spurlock has absorbed the work of Michael Moore and manages to achieve the same intricate balance between laughter, shock, and information that makes Moore's films entertaining, although Spurlock is without any righteous anger. Spurlock understands how to present his interviewees in fascinating ways. The health advocate heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune, a school chef, and a man who eats 750 Big Macs a year are just three examples of how Spurlock gives his subjects enough screen time to allow the viewer to get a sense of who they are as people, not just pawns in Spurlock's film. While he could easily have exploited his relationship with his charming vegan chef girlfriend, Spurlock instead makes her an equal in the film. She provides some of the best emotional moments in the film. Spurlock successfully melds personal filmmaking techniques, investigative journalism, and a healthy interest in other people to make an engaging film on an important topic.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Goes down easy and takes a while to digest, but its message is certainly worth the loss of your appetite.
Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan
Super Size Me is an anti-junk-food screed that manages to entertain even as it informs and alarms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
UPC:
0829567068823
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Morgan Spurlock Speaking Engagement and Q&A with Students at Rider College; ; The 10 Most Asked Questions about the Film; ; Closed Caption

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Disc #1 -- Super Size Me
1. The World's Fattest Nation [4:29]
2. The Super Size Me 30 Day Challenge [:16]
3. Opening Credits [:54]
4. First Medical Exam [7:27]
5. The Last Supper [:44]
6. Day 1 - The Rules [2:35]
7. Suing the Fast Food Establishments [4:45]
8. Day 2 - McStomach Ace [2:55]
9. The Toxic Environment [:54]
10. Days 3 & 4 - The 3 Day Hump [3:58]
11. The Impact [4:58]
12. The Baskins - Robbins Story [1:49]
13. Day 5 - Ist Weigh In [2:58]
14. Day 6 - McFrankenstein [1:19]
15. Day 7 & 8 - Chest Pressure [:52]
16. Day 9 - Big Mac Enthusiast [2:50]
17. Artistic Genius [:23]
18. Fast Food Advertising [3:01]
19. Day 10 - Nutrition [3:57]
20. It's For Kids [6:38]
21. Day 13 & 14 - Texas [2:04]
22. School Physical Education Programs [4:17]
23. Day 17 - The Girlfriend Speaks Out [1:54]
24. Day 18 - Body Breaking Down [4:20]
25. Addiction [3:51]
26. Gastric Bypass Surgery [3:56]
27. Day 21 - Chest Pains [3:47]
28. Day 22 - Food Lobbyist [3:27]
29. Day 25 - Washington, DC [1:05]
30. Phone Calls to McDonald's [:43]
31. Days 29 & 30 - Detox Diet [:49]
32. The Last McSupper [:50]
33. Final Medical Exam [:51]
34. More Phone Calls to McDonald's [:26]
35. The Final Results [2:15]
36. Epilogue [3:54]
37. End Credits [3:26]

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