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Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 4 May 2007 (UK)
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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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Richard Linklater
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilmer Valderrama ... Raul
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Sylvia
Ana Claudia Talancón ... Coco
Juan Carlos Serrán Juan Carlos Serrán ... Esteban (as Juan Carlos Serran)
Armando Hernández Armando Hernández ... Roberto (as Armando Hernandez)
Greg Kinnear ... Don Anderson
Frank Ertl ... Jack
Michael D. Conway ... Phil (as Michael Conway)
Mitch Baker ... Dave
Ellar Coltrane ... Jay Anderson (as Ellar Salmon)
Dakota Edwards Dakota Edwards ... Stevie Anderson
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Debi Anderson
Luis Guzmán ... Benny (as Luis Guzman)
Bobby Cannavale ... Mike
Francisco Rosales Francisco Rosales ... Jorge
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Storyline

Don Anderson is the marketing director for Mickey's fast food chain. He's the inventor of their bestselling hamburger, the Big One. Independent research has shown the presence of cow's feces in the Big One. Don is sent to Cody, Colorado, to verify if the main supplier of Mickey's beef is efficient as it appears, and the production process is up to code. During his investigation, he discovers the horrible truth behind a simple hamburger; the reality is not like it's portrayed. Don discovers what the mass production system involves, from the temp-workers like Amber to the exploitation of irregular immigrants. It's not only the meat being crushed in the machinery, but our society. Written by 1felco

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Are we what we eat? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Trivia

Avril Lavigne and Bruce Willis both previously starred in Over The Hedge. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Alice: I think our major learning was cows are pretty stupid.
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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 »

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Features La otra mitad del sol (2005) See more »

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Don Loope
Written by PG Beas and Pepe Mogt of Nortec Collective
Performed by Nortec Collective
Courtesy of Nacional Records
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An Optimistic In A Bleak World
15 November 2006 | by MannyVarjakSee all my reviews

I really like Richard Linklater, the director of Fast Food Nation, because no matter what pop culture, market research, or his distributors tell him he continues to make movies where people talk. I don't mean talk as in "Hasta la vista, baby," or some other cliché-ridden "isn't that clever" marketing jargon, but TALK, as in conversations; the kind that were common place before TV, the Internet, and X-Boxes.

In Fast Food Nation, the film's message is mainly delivered through words. Sure, there's sex, and violence, and even a special effect, but for Linklater's film to be truly affecting it requires the audience to listen. And if they do, they will be rewarded. It's a gamble that I hope will pay off because it's a story that we need to hear. And within his story is an underlying hope--or perhaps just blind faith--that an audience will watch a film about real people dealing with real issues.

There are no true good guys or bad guys in the film. In an interview with my friend, Denis Faye he says, "It's like, hey, everyone's doing their best in this world, you know?"

His characters, like all of us, are all flawed. The good aren't all good, nor the bad all bad, which is something mainstream movie goers, particularly in the USA, seem to have a problem with. Maybe it's because we don't watch movies to watch people in conflict because we get enough of that in our own life.

But to me, at least, this is a great statement of optimism and belief in our society; that we will, when given the choice, choose to listen, think, and make our own decisions. Even in a film that shows life to be pretty bleak, it's a very optimistic view of the world.


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4 May 2007 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$410,804, 19 November 2006

Gross USA:

$1,005,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,209,322
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