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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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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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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

When the movie opened in Australia, it had the highest opening gross ever for a documentary. It grossed just over AUS$1 million (over US$800,000) in the first two weeks of release. See more »

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When Morgan is in the car with the Super Size meal, as he shows the camera the big box of fries, before the picture zooms in, someone in a green jacket with a scarf knocks on the car window and waves. See more »

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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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The last credit line reads: With VERY special thanks to my ex-wife's insurance provider for covering all medical costs. Thanks co-pay! See more »


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Not a GREAT movie, but definitely a good and important one. (***)
8 June 2004 | by Ronin47See all my reviews

Fast food is good. I freely admit to running through fast food drive-thrus (Wendy's, Taco Bell and McDonald's being my top 3) often, sometimes several times a week. And I'm not the only one. I'm also one of the many millions of people in the country who are, uh...not thin. Think there's a connection?

In "Super Size Me", a documentary from talented debut filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that manages to be both entertaining and horrifying, he attempts to draw a parallel between the fast food culture we live in and the rampant (and ever-increasing) rate of obesity in America.

To do this, he launched into a little science experiment. A 33 year-old New Yorker in excellent health, he would eat nothing but McDonald's for an entire month, to gauge the effects on his body. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at McDonald's and whenever they asked him to supersize, he would have to accept.

Before starting, he consulted three doctors, a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, and a general practitioner, all of whom said this experiment obviously wouldn't be GOOD for him, but that the damages would be minimal.

Instead, the results were pretty shocking. Spurlock gained almost 30 pounds (over 10 in the first week), saw his cholesterol skyrocket, and experienced frequent nausea, chest pains, mood swings and loss of sex drive.

During this month he also drove around the country, interviewing several different people on the topic (including a "Big Mac enthusiast" who has eaten over 19,000 Big Macs). His research on our fast food culture definitely yields some interesting information, especially when he interviews a group of 1st-graders, and more of them can identify Ronald McDonald than Jesus or George Washington.

"Super Size Me" isn't perfect. It's a little repetitive and has a certain thinness to it (no pun intended!) that prevents it from being one of the truly great comedic documentaries of recent years like "American Movie" or "Bowling For Columbine".

But even if it falls short of greatness, it's an entertaining and thought-provoking film (especially if you're, uh...not thin).

Spurlock is a witty and engaging host (sort of like Michael Moore but not as much of a windbag), and I also liked his girlfriend (a vegan chef!) who looks on his experiment with a mixture of amusement, horror, and dismay. Just like we do.


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