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Fast Food Nation (2006)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 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

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

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Release Date:

4 May 2007 (UK) See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where Amber and her friend are driving and talking about going to a college party, an HEB grocery sign is clearly visible in the background. This grocery is only located in Texas, so therefore the girls in Colorado wouldn't be driving by it. See more »

Quotes

Don Anderson: It's the first rule of Marketing: Don't kill the customer.
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The 2nd set of end credits scroll from top to bottom in front of a conveyor belt with pre-processed hamburgers. See more »

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The point of the film is that these issues ARE intertwined.
16 November 2006 | by distraidoSee all my reviews

It's fascinating (and a bit frightening) that, of the people I've heard criticizing this film for not being "moving" enough, none seem to consider the possibility that this could be due to their own cynicism, jadedness, or other similar accumulations of scar tissue. Which are, of course, the very attitudes that allow the abuses depicted in the film to occur in the first place. Some say that Fast Food Nation takes on too many issues, but really it's about one thing: America. It asks us to look at how millions of us live and at the by-products of our living like this. Schlosser and Linklater, by presenting together the issues of fair wages, health, family, drug abuse, etc., give us the BIG picture. We can then have a close look, those of us who dare, at the details, reflect, and get to know our own feelings about it all.

You'd have to be a hardcore-serious skeptic not to revel in the sarcastic wisdom of the old rancher played brilliantly by Kris Kristofferson. Likewise, the family portrayed by Patricia Arquette, Ashley Johnson, and Ethan Hawke feels so genuine and loving, that anyone with a pulse ought to be attracted to the unspoken promise of their humility. All three of those actors give nuanced, subtle-yet-powerful performances. Luis Guzman's bit part is not meant to threaten or scare. It's humor in sleazy, but fairly harmless, smuggler's clothing. Worth mentioning is the palpably real character of "Mike", the meat packing plant supervisor played by Bobby Cannavale. His is yet another fine performance in an important, well-crafted, and thoroughly enjoyable movie.


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