The city of Altoona, Pennsylvania was paid to change its name to Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, PA for 90 days. The money went to the city's Police Department budget. The connection to the movie and the city is from a local convenience store chain (Sheetz) from Altoona appears in the movie as one of Spurlock's sponsors for the film. See more »
During the end credits, their is a phone conversation between Morgan and an artist discussing how he will be the "only person with a photo in the end credits"....and he is. See more »
The Brilliant thing Morgan Spurlack does with this movie, is he throws in your face, what advertisers and movie executives have hidden, (in some case very poorly) in the movies they produce. The Transformers all being GMC for example. Spurlack satirises the whole idea of advertisements and sells out his own film in the process, though he sells out only to buy in, so he doesn't really sell out. Its this ingenious and hilarious concept to the movie which makes you think "holy cow I'm an idiot" and Morgan pushes his film to show the manipulative ways of commercial giants. Another clever trick Morgan uses is the, documentary within a documentary style. The film follows Morgan as he attempts to get advertising for his film which is going to be a documentary on advertising. So essential what we see is the pre-production of a movie which then becomes the movie. This gives a real insight in to how the big Hollywood blockbusters are able to get such high budgets by selling to advertisers.
This film only really appeals to people who are interested in how the media is able to have control over consumers, as we are pretty much witnessing a prolonged documentary on how Morgan Spurlock can find a million dollars to make a pretend movie.
A cleverly put together gem that manages to patronise an audience in to realising just how we can be manipulated by the big name brands.
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