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Super Size Me -- 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.  Nominated for an Academy Award.
Super Size Me -- An irreverent look at obesity in America and one of its sources - fast food corporations.
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A film of epic portions. See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
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)
 

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Rated PG-13 for language, sex and drug references, and a graphic medical procedure (original rating)
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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)
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Trivia:
Morgan Spurlock gave up drinking alcohol six weeks before he attempted the diet in order to remove any presence of alcohol in his body.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Although a calorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius, a food Calorie is actually a kilocalorie (aka "kilogram calorie" or "large calorie"), so the nutrition expert's definition is correct in this context.See more »
Quotes:
[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!
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Soundtrack:
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85 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Exposing an epidemic, 21 June 2004
Author: 0rganism from Portland, Oregon

"Supersize Me" is an original, humorous, disgusting, shocking, and -- overall -- scary film. Spurlock takes us on a whirlwind tour of the downfall of American health through poor nutrition, padding a lot of information with anecdotal footage of his own foray into a McDonald's-only diet.

What amuses me about the negative "reviews" for this film at IMDb is how the majority of the naysayers focus on exactly one thing: Spurlock's 30-day McDonalds binge. Heck, you could pick that much out of the trailer, and write a slanted review based solely on the imperfections of that particular plot device as an overall impact study and call it a day. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find out that's what's happening, either. Certainly, anyone who's watched the political BS pour in to commentary for Michael Moore's documentaries knows how it's done.

However, if you actually take the time to watch the film, you'll see something quite different emerge: a pattern of childhood indoctrination, poor nutrition, inadequate exercise, and skyrocketing obesity rates, that's sweeping this nation like a plague. Spurlock's self-afflicted experiment is, as I've mentioned, a continuity device that unifies the broad range of the film within a single case study. In the total scope of what's addressed in this film, it's a relatively small part, and many decry it as unrealistic.

But Spurlock never claimed it was entirely realistic! He says as much in the film: he ate as much McDonalds in a month as *nutritionists* recommend one eat in 8 years or more. However, the problem is, a lot of Americans are eating as much fast food in a year as he ate in a month. What is the net effect going to be after five years? After 10? Spurlock further restricts himself to an AVERAGE amount of walking exercise, typical for our national population. The problems he exhibits after 3 weeks on this diet are NOT unique, they are the ones that people around the country are exhibiting in spades: weight gain, fatty liver, depression, inactivity.

It cannot be overemphasized that this condition is widespread. Those arguing "personal responsibility" have to answer the question of how it is that suddenly, over the last 30 years, so many people have "chosen" a life of sickness and self-destructive addiction over one of health and common sense. The effect of mass-media indoctrination is an obvious factor, and the film addresses it well. Spurlock also takes us behind the scenes at school lunchrooms and gymnasiums around the country, where we find out a little bit of what's been happening to the kids of America. Is the "french fry" truly the only vegetable we can afford to serve to school kids, aside from the dubious catsup? How children could be expected to show "personal responsibility" above and beyond that exhibited by their likely-obese parents in such an environment of brand franchising, 2nd-rate meal "programs", and cutbacks in PE/recess time is a matter that I invite all fast-food apologists at IMDb to explore.

For pure entertainment value, I have to deduct points for an uneven pace (especially near the end) and insufficient exposition from some of the people in the film. Still, "Supersize Me" stands as an indictment of the prepackaged food industry, its marketing hype, and its congressional lobbyists. It also serves as a warning to Americans trapped in demanding low-activity jobs which leave little time for lunch or exercise: don't eat the fries!

8/10

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