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Fast Food Nation (2006)

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An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Carlos Serrán ...
Esteban (as Juan Carlos Serran)
Armando Hernández ...
Roberto (as Armando Hernandez)
Phil (as Michael Conway)
Jay Anderson (as Ellar Salmon)
Dakota Edwards ...
Stevie Anderson
Debi Anderson
Benny (as Luis Guzman)
Francisco Rosales ...


Don Anderson is the Mickey's food restaurant chain's Marketing Director. He is the inventor of the "Big One" the hamburger best seller of Mickey's. An independent research reports the presence of cow's feces in the Big One. So Don is sent to Cody, Colorado, to verify if the slaughterhouse, main supplier of Mickey's, is efficient as it appears and the production process is regular. During his investigations he discovers the horrible truth behind a simple hamburger; the reality is not like we think it is. Don discovers what the mass production system involves, from the temp workers like Amber, to the exploitation of Mexican irregular immigrants. It is not only the meat that is crushed in the mincing machine, but all our society. Written by 1felco

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, strong sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coyote  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$410,804, 19 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,004,059, 28 January 2007
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Did You Know?


Paul Dano and Bruce Willis were both in Looper (2012). See more »


Greg Kinnear's character is credited as "Don Anderson", however, he clearly introduced himself as "Don Henderson" to the cashier after ordering at Mickey's. See more »


Don Anderson: It's the first rule of Marketing: Don't kill the customer.
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Crazy Credits

There's a scene during the credits: During a presentation, Don pitches a new hamburger called "BBQ Big One". See more »


Features Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12 (2005) See more »


Written by Daddy Yankee (as Ramon Ayala)
Performed by Daddy Yankee
Courtesy of El Cartel Records
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It's not just in the beef... it's in this movie.
13 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Fast Food Nation was a great book, and as a piece of nonfiction, it is still one of the best pieces of long-form journalism of the decade. But Eric Schlosser and Richard Linklater's fictionalized take on the same topic isn't deserving of the original book's name.

First, the film tries far too hard to do far too much at once. Is it a cautionary tale about eating beef? Cattle farming? Illegal immigration? Paying workers too little? Crystal meth? Optimism? Any one of these (or even two) would have been enough fodder for a 2-hour film, but tackling them all in one movie is a blunder. A very Big One. No topic is explored enough, and in the process, they all suffer.

Second, the casting is hit-or-miss. Wilmer Valderrama is surprisingly good, as are Greg Kinnear and Ashely Johnson. As expected, Catalina Sandino Moreno runs away with the film, when she's on camera, which is not very much. But Avril Lavigne is laugh-out-loud terrible, as is the comically unscary Luis Guzman.

Third, the grossout factor. There are graphic and bloody scenes of animal death and dismemberment in the movie, but to what end? They're stuck in with no discussion or reflection on them, and because of this, they seem simply gratuitous, not moving or instructive. And really, that's the story of the entire film.

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