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Fast Food Nation (2006)
"Slacker" tone ruins the film
This film had the potential to provide some insight into some important issues such as our treatment of livestock, conditions in meatpacking plants, the safety and quality of our food, and illegal immigration. But no such insight is provided, instead we are merely told what most of us already know, which is the common knowledge that these conditions/problems exist. The film never goes beyond this in any deep or meaningful way. Instead, we get a loose, half-assed story full of lame, half-assed characters. This film comes across as made by a "slacker" and not an accomplished filmmaker which Richard Linklater certainly is. Perhaps he should stick to "Romance" films, which he does quite well.
And another thing, I'm sick and tired of seeing actors like Bruce Willis show up in films for no damn good reason. Yet here he is again, sleep-walking through another cameo role that is a poor fit for him. It would have worked much better to hire an unknown actor to portray this character who could have been so much more appropriate and convincing in the role. Why cast Willis here? Did the filmmakers actually think having Willis in a 10 minute scene would give the film more prestige and sell more tickets? One of several poor celebrity actor cameo casting choices in this film.
Important issues in this film, but poorly executed with no real insight provided. Perhaps material better suited to Michael Moore or someone who makes actual documentaries.