IMDb > Super Size Me (2004)
Super Size Me
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Super Size Me (2004) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 25 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Super Size Me -- An irreverent look at obesity in America and one of its sources - fast food corporations.
Super Size Me -- Open-ended Trailer from Paramount


User Rating:
7.3/10   70,452 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Morgan Spurlock (written by)
View company contact information for Super Size Me on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
21 May 2004 (Canada) See more »
A film of epic portions. See more »
While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Please don't See more (392 total) »


  (in credits order)
Chemeeka Walker ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Dania Abu-Rmaileh ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Amanda Kearsan ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Christian Baucher ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Amelia Giancarlo ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Geoffrey Giancarlo ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Alexandria Morgan ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Chanelle Clarke ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Marisa Danenfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Katie Danenfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Megan Foley ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Edmand Cardero ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Jay Cohen ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Jonnae Strong ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Audrey Whitfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Rachel Whitfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Maxim Moore ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Leeroy Waltan ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Achaunti Strong ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
John Paul Leone ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Mike Kelly ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Alana Hyltan ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Branden Bidan ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Christy Bosley ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Woojin Yeo ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Thomas O'Bara ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Matthew Redding ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Thomas Redding ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Austin Han ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Luke McAirr ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Madeleine Rossanese ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Montant Telman ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Aina Aagliardi ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Daniel Cole ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Joshua Arline ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Erin Shanely ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Tristian Leone ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Nathan Radford ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Shawnda Radford ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Kathryn Palmer ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Giovanna Rochester ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Tiana Loveless ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Marcus Penn ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Daniel Portnay ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Michael Baez ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Maria DeJesus ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Keri Ann Bova ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Samantha Manns ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Dar Ran Brawn ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel

Morgan Spurlock ... Himself
Daryl Isaacs ... Himself - Internal Medicine (also as Dr. Daryl Isaacs) (as Daryl M. Isaacs MD)
Lisa Ganjhu ... Herself - Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist (also as Dr. Lisa Ganjhu) (as Lisa Ganjhu D.O.)
Stephen Siegel ... Himself - Cardiologist (also as Dr. Stephen Siegel) (as Steven Siegel MD FACC)
Bridget Bennett ... Herself - Nutritionist & Dietician (as Bridget Bennett R.D.)
Eric Rowley ... Himself - Exercise Physiologist
Mark Fenton ... Himself - Former Editor: Walking Magazine
Alexandra Jamieson ... Herself - Morgan's girlfriend & Vegan Chef (as Healthy Chef Alex)
Rick Bruhn ... Himself
Evan Marguiles ... Himself
Eve Pyne Parageud ... Herself
Brenda Hoover ... Herself
Dave Nolder ... Himself
John Banzhaf ... Himself - Law Professor, George Washington University (also as Professor John F. Banzhaf III) (as John F. Banzhaf III)
Samuel Hirsch ... Himself - Attorney
David Satcher ... Himself - Former U.S. Surgeon General (also as Dr. David Satcher) (as David Satcher MD)
Lisa Young ... Herself - Professor of Nutrition, New York University (as Lisa R. Young PhD RD CDN)
Kelly Brownell ... Himself - Professor, Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders (also as Kelly D. Brownell PhD) (as Kelly Brownell PhD)
Jacob Sullum ... Himself - Senior Editor, Reason Magazine
Kloe Kinsey ... Herself
Kyle Kinsey ... Himself
Tommy Thompson ... Himself - Secretary of Health and Human Services (as Secretary Tommy Thompson)
William J. Klish ... Himself - Head of Dept. of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital (also as Dr. William Klish) (as William Klish MD)
Caitlin Spurlock ... Herself (as Caitlin)
Jared Fogle ... Himself - Subway Spokesman
Twila C. Patterson ... Herself
Victoria Patterson ... Herself (as Victoria)
John Robbins ... Himself - Health Advocate, Author: Diet for a New America
Matt Bohling ... Himself
Vincent E. Page ... Himself
Jermaine Elam ... Himself
Greg Unger ... Himself
Teresa McGill ... Herself
Sarah Sinclair ... Herself
Don Gorske ... Himself - Big Mac Enthusiast
Mary Gorske ... Herself - Don's Wife
Ron English ... Himself - Artistic Genius
Marion Nestle ... Herself - Chair of Nutrition and Food Studies, NYU (as Marion Nestle PhD MPH)
Margo Wootan ... Herself - Center for Science in the Public Interest (also as Margo Wootan DSc) (as Margo Wootan D.Sc.)
Pedro Manfron ... Himself - 1st Grade Student
Michael Paige ... Himself - 1st Grade Student
Nicole Allen ... Herself - 1st Grade Student
Manoosh Abtahi ... Himself - 1st Grade Student
Adrienne Mazeika ... Herself - 1st Grade Student
Mary Bollino ... Herself - Food Services Director
Barbara Brown ... Herself - Sodexho School Services (voice)
Kay Glover ... Herself - Head Cook, Park Middle School
Greg Bretthauer ... Himself - Dean, Appleton Central High School (as Gregory D. Bretthauer)
Paul Stitt ... Himself - Founder of Natural Ovens Bakery (voice) (as Paul Stitt MS)
Marlene Canter ... Herself - Board of Education, L.A. Unified School District (as Hon. Marlene Canter)
Gene Grabowski ... Himself - VP, Grocery Manufacturers of America
Phil Lawler ... Himself - Phys Ed Instructor, Madison Jr. High School
Bryan Phillips ... Himself - Phys Ed Instructor, Francis J. McGrath Elementary School (as Brian Phillips)
Judith C. Young ... Herself
Gerald N. Tirozzi ... Himself - Exec. Dir., Nat'l Assoc. Secondary School Principals (as Dr. Gerald N. Tirozzi)

Dallas Travers ... Herself
Julian Clayton ... Himself
Phyllis Spurlock ... Herself - Morgan's mom
Neal Barnard ... Himself (as Dr. Neal D. Barnard)
Bruce Howlett ... Himself
Tammy Howlett ... Herself - Bruce's Wife
Adam Naaman ... Himself - Laparoscopic Surgeon (also as Dr. Adam Naaman) (as Adam Naaman MD)
Carl Geisler ... Himself - Laparoscopic Surgeon (also as Dr. Carl F. Geisler) (as Carl Geisler MD)
Laura Sandy ... Herself
Kacie Sandy ... Herself
Ashley Sandy ... Herself
Kymme Simchak ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Ambrozy ... Himself (scenes deleted)
Angela ... Herself - Overeaters Anonymous (scenes deleted)
Barbara ... Herself - Overeaters Anonymous (scenes deleted)
Bob Baugher ... Himself - McDonald's Collector (scenes deleted)
Myra Baugher ... Herself - McDonald's Collector (scenes deleted)
Molly Cannady ... Herself (scenes deleted)
Charlie ... Himself - Overeaters Anonymous (scenes deleted)
Andrew Gorske ... Himself - Don's son (scenes deleted)
Lisa Howard ... Herself - Director of Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility, McDonald's (voice)
Ken ... Himself - Overeaters Anonymous (scenes deleted)
Debra Larson ... Herself - School Social Worker
Phil Lempert ... Himself - Supermarket Guru (scenes deleted)
Gia Melissa Maciano ... Herself - President, International Size Acceptance Association (scenes deleted)
Pat ... Herself - Overeaters Anonymous (scenes deleted)
Catherine Schilcher ... Herself - Nutritionist (voice)
Chris Sell ... Himself - Park Slope ChipShop Owner (scenes deleted)
Allen Steadham ... Himself - Director, International Size Acceptance Association (scenes deleted)
Sylvia ... Herself - Overeaters Anonymous (scenes deleted)

George W. Bush ... Himself (uncredited)

Michael Jordan ... Himself (uncredited)
Big Mac ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ronald McDonald ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Britney Spears ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Morgan Spurlock 
Writing credits
Morgan Spurlock (written by)

Produced by
Joe Morley .... executive producer (as J.R. Morley)
David Pederson .... associate producer
Morgan Spurlock .... producer
Heather Winters .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Horowitz 
Cinematography by
Scott Ambrozy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stela Georgieva 
Julie Bob Lombardi  (as Julie 'Bob' Lombardi)
Art Direction by
Joe the Artist 
Production Management
Michael Jackman .... post-production supervisor (as Michael A. Jackman)
Art Department
Ron English .... McPaintings
George Georgiev .... additional graphics: Zographic Film
Nikolai Lukianov .... painter: Zographic Film
Kalin Stoyanov .... painter: Zographic Film
Ivailo Tonchev .... painter: Zographic Film
Svetoslav Tonchev .... painter: Zographic Film
Sound Department
Martin Czembor .... sound engineer
Hans ten Broeke .... sound designer
David Alvarez Zerpa .... sound recordist intern (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Haven Cousins .... digital compsitor
Nikolai Lukianov .... compositor: Zographic Film
Kalin Stoyanov .... compositor: Zographic Film
Jonah Tobias .... digital animation
Jonah Tobias .... motion graphics
Ivailo Tonchev .... compositor: Zographic Film
Svetoslav Tonchev .... compositor: Zographic Film
Camera and Electrical Department
Tracy Boulian .... photographer
Avi Gerver .... photographer
Ed Kosmicki .... USCAF photo: 2004 (copyright 2004)
Julie Bob Lombardi .... additional video footage (as Julie Lombardi)
Julie Soefer .... photographer
Morgan Spurlock .... additional video footage
Animation Department
Svilen Dimitrov .... lead animator
George Georgiev .... animation liaison: U.S.
Goran Kissiov .... animation supervisor
Kalin Stoyanov .... animator
Ivailo Tonchev .... animator
Svetoslav Tonchev .... animator
Editorial Department
Haven Cousins .... digital colorist
Thomas Edmon .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Tom Edmon)
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
William Zoe Fitzgerald .... post-production intern (as William 'Zoe' FitzGerald)
Gwen Fry .... high definition transfer
Wayne Goldblatt .... post-production intern
Grant Goodman .... assistant editor
Richard Haylock .... on-line editor
Laura Heckman .... post-production intern
Abbi Jutkowitz .... assistant editor
Corey Michael Lincoln .... post-production assistant (as Corey Lincoln)
Alexander Livingston .... post-production intern (as Alex Livingston)
Mick O'Conner .... high definition transfer
Olivia Relova .... assistant editor
Ben Vaughn .... high definition transfer
Matt Woo .... on-line editor
Charles Herzfeld .... film lab coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jim Black .... music consultant
Folkfoot .... composer: additional music
Michael Parrish .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Jim Armstrong .... creative consultant
Tanya Assova .... project manager: Zographic Film
Albert Bramante .... research assistant
Paul Brennan .... legal consultant
Wayne Cheng .... transcriber
Joseph De Vito .... creative consultant (as Joseph DeVito)
Winston Emano .... publicist: TC: DM & Associates
Kathy England .... insurance coverage
Erin Sabra Fuchs .... transcriber
Dena Goldstein .... research assistant
Jillian Gumbel .... production assistant
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Jeff Hill .... publicist: House of Publicity
Paul Kim .... transcriber
Robert Luttrell .... film transfer supervisor
Stuart Macphee .... production coordinator
David Magdael .... publicist: TC: DM & Associates
Matthew McMurdo .... legal consultant
Paulina Merekiova .... assistant project manager: Zographic Film
Jackie Moldawer .... production assistant
Neil Murphy .... film recordist
Sean O'Connell .... creative consultant
Zeke O'Donnell .... transcriber
Regina Pepe .... assistant: Mr. Spurlock
Michelle Pettit .... publicist: TC: DM & Associates
Holly Ricci .... research assistant
John Robbins .... childhood photo courtesy of: John Robbins
Rainier Rodriguez .... webmaster
Kate Schmitz .... research assistant
Ron Serfass .... swimware designer: All-American Speedo: HE Swim and Bodywear
John Sloss .... legal consultant
Phyllis Spurlock .... childhood photo courtesy of: Morgan Spurlock
Jessica Uzzan .... publicist: House of Publicity
Steven Wallace .... publicist: TC: DM & Associates
Kiril Yanakiev .... technical director: Zographic Film
Nicolette Aizenberg .... special thanks
Angela .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Shani Ankori .... special thanks
Anne .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Heather Arcovitch .... special thanks: YMCA
Dennis T. Avery .... special thanks
Michael Badami .... special thanks
Kara Baker .... special thanks
Barbara .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Stefane Barbeau .... special thanks: Release1
Bob Baugher .... special thanks
Myra Baugher .... special thanks
Lisa Bentley .... special thanks
Charles Bernstein .... special thanks
Ann J. Boehme .... special thanks (as Ann. J. Boehme, CMP)
Patricia Boussie .... special thanks
Josh Braun .... special thanks
Greg Bretthauer .... special thanks (as Gregory D. Bretthauer MST)
Christine M. Brinic .... special thanks
Andrew C. Briscoe III .... special thanks
Shirley Brown .... special thanks
Shannon Brownlee .... special thanks
Charlie .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous (as Charles)
Brenda Cheung .... special thanks
Stephanie Childs .... special thanks
Howard Cohen .... special thanks
Gayle Converse .... special thanks
John Cooper .... special thanks
Liest Copland .... special thanks
Greg Critser .... special thanks
Eric d'Arbeloff .... special thanks
Lisa Davis .... special thanks
Robert Davis .... special thanks (as Robert Davis MD)
Nick Desecare .... special thanks
Ben Durrell .... special thanks: Release1
Stephanie Durrell .... special thanks: Release1
Edna .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Ella .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Bill Fair .... special thanks
Tom Fenton .... special thanks
Mark Fernandez .... special thanks
Denny Finnearty .... special thanks
Shari Frilot .... special thanks
Laura A. Frnka .... special thanks
Michael Fung .... special thanks
William Fung .... special thanks
Vivian Galainena .... special thanks
Carole Garcia .... special thanks
Melissa Georges .... special thanks
Geoffry Gilmore .... special thanks
Andrew Glazier .... special thanks
Marnie Glickman .... special thanks
Gloria .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Mary Gorske .... special thanks
Meyer Gottlieb .... special thanks
Lance Gould .... special thanks (as Lance Gould MD)
Micah Green .... special thanks
Trevor Groth .... special thanks
Erin Heidenrich .... special thanks
Judith Hoetker .... special thanks
Sam Hollander .... special thanks
Ana Homayoun .... special thanks
Dawn Jackson .... special thanks (as Dawn Jackson RD LD)
Jose .... special thanks
Stephen L. Joseph .... special thanks
Francine Kaufman .... special thanks
Ben Kelley .... special thanks
Marla Kennedy .... special thanks
Steven Kidd .... special thanks
Kim Kimble .... special thanks
Jennifer Konawal .... special thanks
Hank Lau .... special thanks
Scott Lau .... special thanks
Phil Lempert .... special thanks (as Philip Lempert)
Steve Levy .... special thanks
Caroline Libresco .... special thanks
Gene Licht .... special thanks
Sandy Linn .... special thanks
Michael R. Lisowski .... special thanks (as Michael R. Lisowski AIA)
Matt Littin .... special thanks
Michael Lott .... special thanks (as Michael Lott DDS)
Michael Lubin .... special thanks
Miriam Mandelbaum .... special thanks
Gia Melissa Marciano .... special thanks
Mark .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
David Martosko .... special thanks
Tom McEntee .... special thanks
Charlotte McManus .... special thanks: Release1
Ryan McManus .... special thanks: Release1
Megan .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
David J. Mendel .... special thanks
Scott Merville .... special thanks
James Mihaliak .... special thanks
R.J. Millard .... special thanks
Mac Moore .... special thanks
Sue Moore .... special thanks
Gary Nichols .... special thanks
James Nutting .... special thanks
Nicholas Nutting .... special thanks
Dana O'Keefe .... special thanks
Pat .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Rita Pederson .... special thanks
Monica Poitras .... special thanks
Doug Ray .... special thanks
Queenie Reda .... special thanks
Mick Reed .... special thanks
Dan Reilly .... special thanks: Release1
Rebekah Sale .... special thanks
Tom Schember .... special thanks
Eric Schlosser .... special thanks
David Schommer .... special thanks (as Duke Mushroom)
Jeremy Scott .... special thanks
Chris Sell .... special thanks (as Christopher Sell)
Francis Sheehan .... special thanks
Jonny Sheehan .... special thanks
Craig Siegel .... special thanks
Delilah Siegel .... special thanks
Naomi Siegel .... special thanks
Michael Silberman .... special thanks
Chuckie Simon .... special thanks: wherever you are
Elizabeth H. Singer .... special thanks (as Elizabeth H. Singer MS)
Duane Smith .... special thanks: Release1
Priscilla Sommer .... special thanks
Lena Spengren .... special thanks
Yvonne Spengren .... special thanks
Austin Spurlock .... special thanks
Bailey Spurlock .... special thanks
Barry Spurlock .... special thanks
Ben G. Spurlock .... special thanks
Buffy Spurlock .... special thanks
Caitlin Spurlock .... special thanks
Carolyn Spurlock .... special thanks
Craig Spurlock .... special thanks
Kelsey Spurlock .... special thanks
Phyllis Spurlock .... special thanks
Piper Spurlock .... special thanks
Tootie Spurlock .... special thanks
Allen Steadham .... special thanks
Shannon Stember .... special thanks (as Shannon Stember RD LD)
Sylvia .... special thanks: Overeaters Anonymous
Jordi Valdes .... special thanks
Burl Valentine .... special thanks
Kathleen Valentine .... special thanks
Eric Wattenberg .... special thanks (as Eric T. Wattenberg)
Becky Wiley .... special thanks
Susan Yanovski .... special thanks (as Susan Z. Yanovski MD)
Lisa Young .... special thanks (as Lisa R. Young PhD RD CDN)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for language, sex and drug references, and a graphic medical procedure (original rating)
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Chile:14 | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-3 | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL | Norway:A | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:PG (educationally enhanced version) | USA:PG-13 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Author Eric Schlosser, who wrote Fast Food Nation, had declined to interview for the documentary. However, Schlosser eventually agreed to an interview with Morgan Spurlock, which is featured on the DVD.See more »
Factual errors: Ray Kroc did not found McDonalds, the McDonald brothers did.See more »
[first lines]
Children:A Pizza Hut! A Pizza Hut! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! A Pizza Hut! A Pizza Hut! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! McDonalds! McDonalds! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! McDonalds! McDonalds! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! I like food! I like food! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! You like food! You like food! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut!
See more »
It Must Stink to Be PinkSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
115 out of 148 people found the following review useful.
Please don't, 29 November 2004
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

This documentary film by Morgan Spurlock asks the intriguing and topical question: What would happen to a normal 33-year-old man in perfect health who stands six feet two and weighs 185 pounds if he ate nothing but McDonald's fast food for thirty days?

Well, it is not recorded that he shrunk. In fact, Spurlock, forsaking his vegan girlfriend's healthy cuisine, gained about 25 pounds and saw his cholesterol level shoot up to dangerous levels as he huffed and puffed his way three times a day through myriad Big Macs and fillet o' fish sandwiches, milk shakes, sodas, fries and other not-so-delicate items from the menu of the world's largest purveyor of fast food. He had hired three doctors and a registered dietician to check his vital signs and give him a thorough physical exam prior to this experiment in not-so-fine dining. Before the gorging was done all three doctors and the dietician advised him in the most uncertain terms for the sake of his health to stop eating the sugar-laden, fat-smeared, nearly fiber-free "diet." But Spurlock, trooper that he is, amid the McTingles and the McPukes, hung in there until the very end.

I can report that he survived the experience. Whether the viewer will is another matter. If you yourself (God help you) are seriously overweight you might want to pass on this excruciatingly detailed misadventure under the Golden Arches. All that fat slapping against those waddling thighs (Spurlock mercifully fuzzed out the faces of his subjects, allowing us only body shots), all that jiggling flesh under those XXXL garments might be too uncomfortably close to home for some sensitive viewers.

But was this a fair test of the harmful consequences of eating Happy Meals and being super sized? After all, Spurlock eschewed exercise during the experiment, and of course nobody (?) actually eats every meal at McDonald's as Spurlock did. Furthermore he actually doubled his normal caloric intake from about 2500 calories a day to about 5000. Regardless I think we can say that his experience was indicative.

The real question to be asked here (and Spurlock asks it) is whether McDonald's (or as some have dubbed thee) whether McDeath's can be or should be held responsible for the epidemic of obesity that is sweeping the country. Spurlock implies that McDonald's should be held responsible at least for its advertising aimed at children. I agree with this. But I also think that adults ought to know what they are doing. If they choose to chow down at a place that loves to super size and under nourish them, perhaps they themselves should be held responsible for the consequences. However, some people feel that the advertising has been so insidious for so long and the food so addictive to susceptible individuals that McDonald's ought to be taken to court just as the tobacco companies have been.

For more information on the epidemic, its consequences, and what can be done about it, I refer the interested reader to The Hungry Gene: The Science of Fat and the Future of Thin by Ellen Ruppel Shell; Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fastest People in the World by Eric Critser; and Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser. Schlosser appears in one of the bonus features being interviewed by Spurlock. This interview is one of the highlights of the DVD. Schlosser is articulate, candid, and very well-informed.

Spurlock of course is a performer as well as a film maker. His directorial style owes something to that of Michael Moore, and his playful on-camera muggings remind me of Ian Wright of PBS's Globe Trekker series.

See this as an introduction to this most serious threat to the nation's health, especially as it affects children. Morgan Spurlock is to be commended for bringing the reality of the epidemic to the attention of the general public.

By the way, "McTingles" are those highflying, scary feelings you get after rapidly injecting massive amounts of pure sugar and caffeine into your system, usually by gulping your way through a 64-ounce McCola--and to think when I was a kid, Coca-Cola came in six-ounce bottles. How ever did we survive? "McPukes" are self-explanatory.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (392 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Super Size Me (2004)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Fathead Vs Super Size Me This_Is_My_IMDB_ID
What an idiot dog_force21
His girlfriend swyd7788
Don't let this propaganda manipulate you! Use your common sense! doctor_victor_vector
How things have changed. charliesafari
How does this movie prove fast food is bad? terestrife
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Fast Food Nation Freeway Click The Best Years of Our Lives Nowhere
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.