Only in America could over-eating be a sport, and what's more, could a fan of a sport become a star of same!
If you've ever wondered if there's a sport that could garner less respect than professional wrestling, then pro-'eating' would be it. What this film seeks to do is enhance the audience's appreciation of a sport that basically involves shoving large quantities of food down your throat in a set period of time.
Some people may find this fascinating but the self-mocking 'Crazy-Legs Conti', while talkative and humble, is not someone you want to spend a lot of time with. And his journey from #1 'fan' of championship eaters to becoming an actual 'professional' himself is worthy of more pity than awe.
With world hunger at an all-time high, only in America can people get paid to eat way too much on the (can you believe this?) 'eating circuit'. A circuit featuring the 500 lb. talents of guys like Eric 'Badlands' Booker and Ray 'the Bison' Meduna. They even have their own show on the Discovery Channel.
However, if watching the eating 'master' Kobayashi down 50 hot dogs (with buns) in 12 minutes is your idea of entertainment, then this may be your film. As for me, all I got from it was heartburn (BELCH) - ah, that's better.
Note: this review was not sanctioned by the IFOCE: the International Federation of Competitive Eaters (no joke, this organization actually exists!)
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