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Super Size Me (2004)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chemeeka Walker Chemeeka Walker ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Dania Abu-Rmaileh Dania Abu-Rmaileh ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Amanda Kearsan Amanda Kearsan ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Christian Baucher Christian Baucher ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Amelia Giancarlo Amelia Giancarlo ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Geoffrey Giancarlo Geoffrey Giancarlo ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Alexandria Morgan Alexandria Morgan ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Chanelle Clarke Chanelle Clarke ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Marisa Danenfield Marisa Danenfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Katie Danenfield Katie Danenfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Megan Foley Megan Foley ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Edmand Cardero Edmand Cardero ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Jay Cohen Jay Cohen ... Himself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Jonnae Strong Jonnae Strong ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
Audrey Whitfield Audrey Whitfield ... Herself - Kid of Camp Mt. Laurel
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Storyline

Several legal suits have been brought against McDonald's Restaurants that they are knowingly selling food that is unhealthy. Some of the court decisions have stated that the plaintiffs would have a claim if they could prove that eating the food every day for every meal is dangerous. As such, documentarian Morgan Spurlock conducts an unscientific experiment using himself as the guinea pig: eat only McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day. If he is asked by the clerk if he would like the meal super sized, he has to say yes. And by the end of the thirty days, he will have had to have eaten every single menu item at least once. Before starting the experiment, he is tested by three doctors - a general practitioner, a cardiologist and a gastroenterologist - who pronounce his general health to be outstanding. They will also monitor him over the thirty days to ensure that he is not placing his health into irreparable damage. He also consults with a dietitian/nutritionist and an exercise... Written by Huggo

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The first ever reality-based movie ... everything begins and ends in 30 days! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, a disturbing medical procedure, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super engórdame See more »

Filming Locations:

Appleton, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$516,641, 9 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,529,368, 26 September 2004
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Morgan Spurlock got the idea for the documentary when he was lying on his couch at his family's house shortly after Thanksgiving dinner, watching TV when he saw the news about two teenage girls suing McDonald's for making them obese. See more »

Goofs

When Jared Fogle attended an assembly at Northview Middle School, he mentions that he lost weight on the Subway diet. Subway's meals have just as much calories and fat as McDonalds. Subway's nutritional labels show that just about every sub sandwich including the meal has hundreds and hundreds of calories. There is no way to lose weight while on a fast food diet. Morgan himself proved it to be a fact. See more »

Quotes

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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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Crazy Credits

Among the many people and entities thanked at the end of the movie is the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech and freedom of the press. See more »

Alternate Versions

The spoof drawing of the Last Supper was cut from the Singapore theater and some DVD releases of the film (it is present on R2 rental discs, at least.) See more »

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No Haelth Blues
Performed by Michael Parrish
Written by Michael Parrish
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It's McFunny 'cuz it's McTrue!
4 April 2005 | by rchadwi@hotmail.comSee all my reviews

This movie is a documentary for those who hate documentaries. Funny, relatively fast-moving, and a cautionary tale without being preachy. Spurlock is a funny guy and treats his subject with good humour, making us laugh and shake our collective heads over our own poor decision-making. There is no "Ronald is Satan" message here, and no "look how bad Americans are." It is simply a down-to-earth, well paced, insightful and humorous look at how insidiously entrenched The United Corporation of America has become in our institutions and minds, and the consequences therein.

One of my favorite scenes was a peek into a school where the now-famous (and irritating) Jared Fogel (you know...fat guy becomes skinny guy !thanx! to Subway) does a "get fit" speech. Spurlock interviews a mom and her significantly overweight daughter, and the daughter actually laments that of course SHE cannot lose weight like Jared because...and this is priceless...SHE cannot afford to buy/eat two Subway sandwiches a day! So this girl walked away actually believing that the ONLY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT would be to follow Jared's example, VERY SPECIFICALLY, and eat two Subway brand sandwiches each day. So for her, even the SOLUTION to her problem had a corporate logo! Amazingly, she could not even envision the general message of "eat right/exercise more."


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