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I have wanted to watch Super Size Me for a while now and finally a few months ago I got the chance to watch it and found it absolutely fascinating. This is a documentary of Morgan Spurlock, a man who tries to live on a Mcdonalds diet for one month. There are a few rules he must follow. Firstly he can only eat Mcdonalds, he cannot even drink anything outside from McDonalds and this means he cannot even drink water from outside. Secondly he has to try everything on the menu at least one and lastly if they ask him if he wants to supersize his meal, this means to go for the extra-large size, then he has to agree.
The documentary doesn't literally consist of him just eating for one month. It is filled with a lot of information about the fast food industry and the effect on how it has affected America. Also it follows Morgan as he gets his health checked regularly, and also interviewing the general public as well as speaking to people at Mcdonalds to get their own opinion. He is quite charismatic which is why this documentary works, and it is interesting to find a bit of a background on why this documentary was made. A few years ago two girls sued Mcdonalds saying their bad health is cause by Mcdonalds, and this case is absurd right and should be thrown out? Well if the girls lawyers could prove that Mcdonalds provides meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which they currently do, and if the meals are unhealthy then in fact they would succeed with their case. Just to clarify they didn't succeed. This documentary was to judge the effects and they are frightening to say the least.
Morgan put on 10% of his bodyweight within 12 days which is astronomical and he himself started to get addicted to the Mcdonalds food even though whilst he was eating it he was so disgusted at times that he would literally throw up as he was eating. But then a few hours later the urge comes back and he didn't even mind ordering another meal. Of course this changed as the month went along. His liver was so bad about 2 weeks that the doctor said that his liver had literally turned in to patty and that what he is doing may not even be reversible. The doctors were begging him to stop but he went all the way through. He also had a lot of mood swings and like I mentioned before he only felt happy when eating so had become an addict, who knows what the food contains.
I have heard that this documentary is a bit too critical of Mcdonalds saying it is only showing the bad points, but you know what I don't care. I haven't had McDonalds in months since this documentary and I have heard from friends who are the same. It has opened my eyes to how disgusted junk food is from places like McDonalds, Burger King, KFC etc and unless I am in a situation when I have no choice I will never go there again.
There were some weird images of Ronald Mcdonald and of what looks like his family, it was pretty bizarre and would just pop up throughout the documentary. Clearly to put people off mcdonalds and try and make it seem evil and I guess in a way it works. It is like some sort of subliminal messaging technique. Overall I very much enjoyed this documentary and it is one of the better ones I have seen in recent months. It is very informative and it has put me in better shape and I am now a lot more conscious about my health.
I love McDonalds every now and again. If it wasn't so bad for you I'd have one a lot more than I currently do. Their burgers are tasty and they keep their menu exciting by having limited edition items and chopping and changing them regularly. They also do a lot of promotions where you can get free glasses with a large meal etc, these are good quality and we have a few in our cupboard!
I first watched 'Supersize Me' a few years ago and I really enjoyed the concept and the documentary style of filming. I love progams about diet and nutrition so this documentary was of great interest to me. I watched this again last month as I had forgotten most of the facts mentioned in the documentary and it was still enjoyable the second time round.
The documentary looks mainly into the obesity problem in the USA, I would have liked it to be worldwide and contain facts about the UK but this film in particular is only taking data from the US. To be honest, the UK isn't far behind so it isn't too far from the truth. Morgan Spurlock is a good presenter and throws a lot of facts out there throught the documentary. He has an interesting voice, one that keeps you gripped to what he is saying and he also adds humour to it. He is very honest about his feelings and mental state throughout the mamoth task he sets himself dispite doctors warnings.
Morgan interviews experts in twenty US cities getting nutritional facts and he also gets monitored throughout his experiement of eating only McDonalds for 30 days straight. This doesn't sound so big at first but when you consider he has McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner, he must have 3 meals a day and every single thing he eats and drinks must come from McDonalds.
Morgan set out with some rules in order to achieve this goal:
1. He could only eat what was available over the counter at that time - no special ordering
2. No Supersizing unless offered - if it was offered he had to take it!
3. He had to eat every item on the menu at least once throughout the experiment.
4. Three meals a day - no skipping meals.
I liked rule number two because a lot of the time he didn't want to supersize his meal but he had to accept if it was offered. As all McDonalds employees are taught to sell, nearly all of them asked him to go supersize which he had to agree to.
For me, I found it really interesting to see the effects for 30 days of fast food had on Morgans body. He was weighed weekly and also had lots of other tests and scans to record the progress. Doctors actually warned him to stop on every occassion they saw him as the effects really are quite shocking. Makes you think abou how often you should be eating junk food, if at all.
Supersize Me is one of the most sucessful documentaries of all time and has won a few awards and you can see why. Morgan makes this experiment a very interesting thing to watch and it is one that I would watch over again. I would like to see a UK version with Louis Theroux, I think that would be brilliant as I also love his way of coming across on documentaries.
Worth a watch if you are interested in nutrition, US facts, corporate marketing etc - this documentary has it all.
This fast food & obesity documentary is one of the best and most informative i have ever seen. You see stuff on ITV and the BBC but nothing compares to this. Why? Because this involves a real life experiment, whereby the presenter eats everything off the mcdonalds menu. 3 times a day. For a whole month. And supersizes when asked. And does no walking. And records his results of changes to his body.
The documentary does have some very interesting facts and rather than just eating food it does provide a helpful insight into what nutritionists, politicians, directors, doctors, nurses and members of the public think about fast food. There are regular interviews with these people and there are several helpful facts scattered throughout the film like the fattest states of America, what % of Americans are obese, and how many calories you should eat per day.
The documentary really got me thinking about my diet, it made me think about the food that i eat, particularly at McDonalds. It highlighted the fact that McDonalds does not do enough to help people eat healthily. Even the salad's are fattening just as much as big macs!
There are a few things i didn't like about this though and that was the fact that he didn't talk about fast food on a more global scale. All the facts and figures were for America. Rather than just do it for America or even any countries specifically there should be more global facts about obesity, McDonalds in other countries etc.
There are plenty of hard hitting examples and experiments in this that i found disturbing, but also as a form of a wake up call. For example over the course of the month the presenter eats 10 1kg bags of sugar. these are then displayed out on a table and shown along with the amount of fat and salt he was eating.
There was also a lot of research into this rather than just testing the calorie count on a day to day basis. There were tests to see where you could find out calorie facts at McDonalds by asking for the calorie fact sheet, and most didn't have one.
Overall a very informative documentary that i really enjoyed watching. Even if it doesn't change your attitude towards food and you still eat at McDonalds (like me) it will at least make you think about what disgusting filth you are putting in your mouth.
When I heard this documentry came out way back in 2004 I couldn't wait to get my hands on it at the time. All about Mcdonalds and someone living off it for a month sounded my idea of bliss to be honest and I was interested to view it so bought it. Moving on it has been in my collection for a good while now of course and now with me embarking on a new healthier lifestyle I decided to give it a go again.
Well like I have already revealed it this is a documentry and it mainly features Morgan Spurlock, an American in good shape and who is rather healthy and of average weight etc. After two girls trying to sue Mcdonalds in the states for making them fat and uhealthy he decides to take up this challenge of eating only Mcdonalds food (and drink) for 30 days.
The rules are simple. He can only consume Mcdonalds food and drink and nothing else and he must eat every single item offered on the menu at least one during the experiment (he did this in 9 days). If he's asked to supersize a meal he must do so but he cant ask it to be and he's only allowed the same amount of walking and exercise as the average American has and no more. Sounds quite a good plan right? So off he goes on the rounds of lots of different Mcdonalds outlets.
With three doctors (a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, and a general practitioner), as well as a nutritionist and a personal trainer at the beginning of the documentry like I stated earlier he was in very good health and is monitored very carefully throughout the whole process.
Not only do we see Morgan eating (and looking sick and sometimes being it!) we see the changes that going from a healthiesh diet to one only consisting of Mcdonalds and the effects this has. Along with all this Morgan talks to people on the streets getting their opinions on fast food, fast food executives and even looks at Americans attitudes at schools and how big buisness seems to run everything in America and seeming not to care about health issues.
We see him gain weight and what it does to his mood and labido and at one point Morgan is advised to quit the experiement...but does he? Is it really possible to make good food choices in Mcdonalds or should we all be sueing fast food giants because we can't control what we put in our mouths?
I find this film usually enjoyable though I'm in England and the statistics of Amercica don't worry me too much however it is true since the film was made we are getting fatter here too!
I liked Morgan and I liked his grit though there were times i thought please stop I've got the message your trying to convey now and I did feel that only living on Mcdonalds was a bit extreme for 30 days.....I mean I've never heard of anyone only eating 3 meals a day from a fast food chain before and come on it is common sense that if you don't eat fruit and veg and exercise and so on its going to affect our weight and general well being eh!
I liked the statistics that were given, was shocked at how much bigger Mcdonalds portion sizes are over there and that they had a much larger menu than us and offered a delivery service and by the end of it...yep I was seriously put off eating Mcdonalds!
This is a 98 minute length of docmentry which I think is a good length of time and it keeps me engaged!
Worth a watch indeed!
When it comes to great documentaries it seems that American movie makers are the best at them, most notably Michael Moore ans his excellent films "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine". With this in mind I sat down to watch Morgan Spurlock's 2004 Documentary "Supersize Me" a film that sees the aforementioned Spurlock eating fast food every meal of every day for a month. To me it seemed obvious that Spurlock would gain weight, though what else would happen to him at the end of his experiment?
We start the film with Spurlock talking about the obesity epidemic in the US an issue that seems to be at the heart of the film and soon afterwards Spurlock sees a Dr seeking the medical advice that he'd need before starting his "McDiet". As it turns out Spurlock is in excellent physical condition before he starts, this, if nothing else, allows him to be an excellent "subject" for the film, a good thing I guess considering it seems to have been his idea...
Swiftly after starting his experiment Spurlock suffers from the obvious issue of eating fat foods, his weight goes up, in fact it goes up incredibly swiftly with him adding 5% of his body weight inside around a week. The fact Spurlock was getting fat was never going to be a surprise to anyone though it's the issues that develop later on in his experiment that start to make the film incredibly interesting notably an "addiction" of sorts to the food.
As well as looking at the direct effect of eating the food the film also looks at issues regarding advertising of fast food (which if you watch American TV you will see a lot of) and the ways that the food industry has an aggressive marketing strategy. This strategy is blamed for the way that young children are targeted and the impression that the adverts and "characters" (such as Ronald McDonald) leave on children.
Staying on the theme of children Spurlock turns his attention to the Schools who seemed to again be serving fatty, sugary foods. Foods similar to those served by McDonald's which included Fries, Cookies, soft drinks. Spurlock looks into why "bad" food is sold in schools and uncovers a number of shocking details which again adds to the intrigue of the film. Whilst this actually seems more of a distraction from the core theme of the film it's an interesting side story and one that viewers need to watch out for.
With in 3 weeks of his experiment Spurlock's body is wanting him to stop and he starts to have serious internal medical issues. It's at this point that you start to see that eating fast food does more to you than just makes you fat, in fact it does a huge number of things to Spurlock, things that you wouldn't have expected to occur as quickly as they did (or at all for that matter).
Sadly by the end of the film I was thinking to myself that the key thing I've learned is that we've got to have things in moderation. Eating McDonald's every day is no different to drinking every day, of course you will end up becoming unhealthy. At the end of the day however it's down to us to make the decisions on what we eat and how much. McDonald's doesn't lock us up and force feed up, nor does McDonald's break into our home and threaten our family until we eat their food.
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Whilst everyone has been initially shocked by the documentary and allegedly seeing how bad McDonald's is for you there is actually a secret behind this whole documentary that makes it undeniably inaccurate and misleading through the false information and findings that Morgan Spurlock claims to have discovered.
There has been a 'Anti super size me' documentary named "fat head" which basically points out the flaws and the false findings made by spurlock. Tom Naughton essentially questions and proves Morgan spurlocks findings in super size me and explains to us all why we have been mislead and how Super Size me was a documentary full of lies and propaganda.
Admittedly I was grossed out at the effects of what super size me initially showed us, but I too questioned the reality of someone actually eating a Mcdonalds every single day, three times a day - why was this study not conducted in a more realistic manner? Why did the daily calorie count total up to 5,000 calories a day when in fact the nutritional information was less of that? Morgan spurlock seemed to be basing his study on false information and embroidered fact with fiction in order to gain controversy and make an impact on the fast food industry.
Whilst fast food is undeniably bad for us to a degree - a lot of super market items hold just as much unhealthy elements, if not more. Spurlock fails to point this out and conveniently attempts to back up his "home cooking is better for you" theory by letting us all know that he has a wife who is a vegan chef. Certain elements of home cooking can be just as bad for you as a McDonald's meal can - but because spurlock has told you so, it makes it absolutely correct, right? Wrong!
Spurlock continuously gave unrealistic answers and reasoning; one of which were the fact that he let us all know that his calorie intake was wrong and once this flaw was discovered it seemed that spurlock was all part of an agenda to take down fast food companies using false allegations and feeding fear to consumers.
Whilst fast food isn't beneficial to us when eaten regularly, spurlock doesn't even mention the possibility of eating McDonald's within moderation, he merely goes on a never ending mission to consume and expose McDonald's and blame them and similar companies for the reason why there are obesity problems.
Spurlock proves nothing but the fact that if we become greedy by eating fast food every single day, all day, then yes we are going to make ourselves incredibly ill, yes we will gain significant amounts of weight and cause ourselves severe health problems in the long run. But let's be honest; who here has the time, money and ability to eat such foods that much for 30 days straight? I know I certainly don't.
I'm not fooled by this documentary and I feel that it is a waste of time and money that went into it being put together. However I will recommend it as it gives you a chance to see what Morgan spurlock tries to put across, but then I heavily suggest to watch "fat head" thereafter as it puts all of that nonsense into perspective. Hooray for the sceptical kinds who are able to question and find out the lies that people like spurlock are willing to feed us.
** I have had feedback saying I'm basically wrong and that I have taken Spurlock's findings in the wrong way, this is not correct as this review is based on my opinion founded on both documentaries that I watched (Super size me and fat head). Whilst both parties claim there are false claims on each side, I respect and understand this, however I do have and reserve the right to express what I really thought on the documentary, this doesn't necessarily mean I am either correct or incorrect. Please respect my review and not assume I'm completely dismissing spurlock's claims entirely as I do make the point of how fast food are bad for us, however I talk about the realism of actually eating it every day for thirty days. He gives across the impression that it is all McDonald's fault and the consumers fail to act responsibly and have even gone to lengths to sue them. I feel that spurlock cannot push the blame entirely onto McDonald's as we are all aware of how unhealthy these foods can be, it's all down to moderation and controlling our greed and our diets. **
On the surface, the basic premise of Supersize Me, namely that McDonald's is bad for you, is hardly groundbreaking stuff. Yet Morgan Spurlock manages to take this almost elementary truth, and using his usual straightforward, approachable and no-nonsense documentary style (no Michael Mooresque confrontation and showboating here) creates a film that leaves you gradually feeling queasier as you watch it, an experience mirroring what he himself goes through.
The premise is pretty simple: Spurlock commits to eating only McDonalds for a month, while various physicians monitor what this does to his body. While some weight gain is expected by all involved, the negative impact far exceeds anyone's expectations. At the beginning of the month, Spurlock is actually a fairly healthy and fit individual, generally eating healthily and engaging in frequent exercise. As the month goes on, and with Spurlock not shying away from sharing anything, whether it's vomiting on camera or describing the negative impact on his libido, everybody starts expressing feelings of unease on the experiment, from the Spurlock's physicians monitoring his skyrocketing cholesterol to his appropriately horrified vegan chef girlfriend. Yet Spurlock soldiers on to the conclusion of the month, narrating the ravaging effect Big Macs have on his body.
It's easy to see why this documentary led McDonald's to one of their most expensive and extensive crisis management PR campaigns: personally I'm unable to look at the golden arches without thinking of Spurlock's brilliant experiment.
Super Size Me is an American documentary released in 2004, directed by and starring film-maker Morgan Spurlock. For 30 days, Morgan attempts to eat only food from Mcdonalds, and this film documents the effects this has on his physical and mental health over the 30 day period. Morgan sets himself a few specific rules:
- He can eat only Mcdonalds food, and must eat at Mcdonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- He must eat everything on the menu at least once
- If he is offered a Super Size meal, he must accept
Watching Morgan consume nothing but fast food for a month and seeing his health considerably degenerate is rather disturbing, and also alarmingly fast. Only on the second day, Morgan is offered a Super Size meal, and on completion promptly throws up in the Mcdonalds car park. the film is not just clips of Morgan eating however. These scenes are interspersed with sound bites from his girlfriends, doctors, and various people who eat regularly at Mcdonalds who voice their opinions about Morgan's task, his health and fast food in general.
The film is really interesting to watch, and really highlights just how bad fast food is for you, and the dangers that lie in regular consumption of it. It serves as a warning to people who frequently give their children unhealthy food, and illustrates graphically the health risks involved.
This film is an engrossing investigation into what goes into Mcdonalds food, and how it can affect us. I would recommend this film to anyone.
Morgan Spurlock directed this documentary to show that eating fast food is indeed harmful to the human body. The film itself has never been used to press charges against the fast food industry. But then it was by the court decided that no charges can submit to a fast food manufacturer because the food allegedly is not fattening. It is people themselves who decide whether they want to go to a fast food restaurant or not. This problem has Morgan himself under by exposing his body 30 days to all kinds of menus made in MacDonald's. With this film he can really prove that what they serve is too powerful and unhealthy. He has also won the prize as best director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
The story of this film is really about Morgan himself as a guinea pig who goes up every day to eat at a McDonald's. He is obliged to take each menu they offer and when they would advise him the largest menu, he is obliged to participate fully and to eat without stopping. Throughout his story he is assisted by his girlfriend, a cardiologist, a doctor, a scientist gastroenteritis, a nutritionist and a fitness trainer. They test him before he starts and after so you as viewer can clearly see the difference.
He also travels around the country to conduct interviews with people who are committed to the fight against fatty food and you will clearly see how people go from a small menu in a fast food restaurant to one of the major menus where you actually get a lot of fat. Even the salads are not safe because they have more sugar than if you buy a dessert. The plot of the story is very clear. They try to create a picture how bad fast food chains are. Of the acting performances, you should not really expect anything because it's a documentary where a person explains.
The story I thought was very intriguing and it gave me a much clearer picture of how the fast food chain McDonalds literally dominates the life of people and really shows how bad the food really is compared to food that you buy in the store. Morgan gives a clear picture of how he went from a healthy person to in thirty days a unhealthy person. I definitely recommend this movie if you want to see the true reality of the American system. But I do feel they exaggerate certain bits sometimes and they show McDonalds off as the devil which I think goes to far. They trying to make a valid point that fast food is indeed unhealthy and you shouldn't eat to much of it. After seeing this movie I'm still a fan of fast food but moderating is the key word in this story.
As somone who likes the occassional McDonalds meal I thought I'd watch this documentary style movie a few years ago now on DVD. SuperSize Meal is a bit like a Michael Moore movie, except that it is about food instead of corporate businesses that are crooks. It certainly doesn't really show McDonald's in a good light and was one of the reasons they got rid of super size meals. I have to admit that everyone knows fast food is bad for you but this movie goes a steps further and shows the horrifying results of eating too much in a short space of time.
The documentary follows Morgan Spurlock and his experiment to just eat McDonald's meals for a whole month. He would have to eat three meals a day from the fast food restaurant and nothing else. If asked to super size his meal he always would. During the experiment he checks in with his doctor every week to take weight and blood tests. The results are horrifying and put me off fast food for a while I have to admit.
What I found fascinating about this movie is that it was very informative. Everything that was brought up was interesting and it was definately food for thought if you will pardon the pun. I have always been under the impression that eating unhealthy fast food like this made you gain weight and that was the main problem. But after watching this movie I realised that there was much more to it than just that and more underlying health issues. Spurlock began to gain weight, but also suffered from depression, anxiety and high blood pressure among other things.
In true Michael Moore style, Spurlock tries to get hold of a McDonald's representative to answer his claims about their food, however he nevery really got anywhere with that.
Although I still eat at McDonald's I always think a bit more carefully about it after watching this and think twice about what I eat from there. The movies raises alot of questions and answers some of them. The great thing about it is that Spurlock is quite funny and tries to remain upbeat throughout despite what is happening to his body. Some of it can be quite disturbing at times too. I highly recommend this to anyone as it's insightful and powerful and will really make you think.
Morgan Spurlock stars in this entertaining but flawed documentary.
He is desperate to tell the world how bad McDonald's is for the public by eating a McDonald's meal three times a day for one month. If he is offered a Super Size version of a meal then he must take the option.
We go on an adventure with Spurlock as the film charts the days he eats McDonald's meals, often with bad consequences such as him suffering weight gain, feelings of mild depression, mentions of impaired sexual performance, liver damage and more.
With all this going on, the movie also gives us nutritional facts about McDonald's foods and also criticises the heavy promotion of various fast food chains.
However, when thinking about this film, there are flaws in Morgan's methods of proving how bad the food is.
Let me ask you a question, as an example....who do you know that eats McDonald's three times a day, every day?
I am sure there are people that do but I am wiling to bet they are one in over a thousand.
The rule that Morgan follows that he must take a Super Size meal option when offered is redundant to the public as we always have that choice of turning it down as it is not mandatory.
However, the film does get it's point across very well in explaining that these foods are bad for you if consumed excessively but Morgan's methods border on the insane!
It is good to know, though, that Spurlock has the best interests of the public at heart as he wants us to make better food choices.
I wouldn't take the rules that Morgan follows to heart too much but it is entertaining in following him around different States of America and eating these meals and questioning the staff of the different McDonald's restaurants about a range of subjects such as why they don't have the nutritional value of their food on display and seeing the reactions of the staff.
Overall, this is one of the most entertaining documentaries I have seen and it's one that I watch every now and again just to see Spurlock gobble up all them Big Macs!
I'm recommending this documentary as it is both entertaining and educational....just not flawless!
A film of EPIC proportions.
Before I start this review I must just firstly say that I like McDonalds, I would probably go so far as to say that I love McDonalds. Sometimes a Big Mac, fries and an diet coke is all that will hit the spot, but only once in a while and certainly not every day, not even every month but unfortunately some people do not seem to understand this and treat McDonald's like their everyday menu. This creates a country full of obesity and unhealthiness and girls who think it's ok to sue McDonalds for making them eat burgers everyday and then wonder why they are fat.
Why is America so fat? This is the question that Morgan Spurlock sets out to answer in his documentary Supersize me. If you ever want to eat at McDonalds again I would recommend approaching this film with caution as there are some parts that will turn your stomach but saying that I have watched it a few times and yes, do still like the golden arches thankgoodness!
Morgan uses this documentary to achieve two things, interviewing experts in 20 US cities whilst at the same time conducting his own little experiment, eating nothing but McDonalds for 30 days straight. Think you could do it, well it's quite a large task, one could say a Supersized task and not as easy as it first sounds. I really liked Morgan as a documentary maker. He has an interesting voice, one that makes you want to listen to him which I think helps and injects lots of different facts and funny parts into this movie that really makes it interesting and watchable and not boring at all. I think this probably has something to do with the fact that the McDonalds eating section is so fascinating.
Morgan set out with some rules in order to achieve this goal:
1. No options - He could only eat what was available over the counter
2. No Supersizing unless offered.
3. No excuses - He had to eat every item on the menu at least once.
4. No giving up - He had to eat three square meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Rule 2 was very funny in my opinion. It says no supersizing but the rule was if one of the employees offered to Supersize his meal (hence where the title came from) then he had to say yes. It was always funny to see them say it because in most American restaurants they teach their employees to sell up and create more revenue and Supersizing is a way of doing this as I believe a big meal is approximately $0.50 more.
Morgan saw doctors regularly throughout the experiment just to check on his progress and make sure he was well enough to carry on and those scenes really shocked me. It's really amazing what 30 days of junk food will do to your body and for some people it should be a real wake up call.
There were some funny parts in this documentary and some really awful scenes. One of my favourite scenes is where Morgan puts various items of food in containers and watch how they breakdown, keep an eye on the fries, its really interesting!
If you've got a bit of a delicate stomach try to avoid the scene where Morgan has to throw up but then has to finish the meal in front of him, disgusting!
The film was released in 2004 and is rated 12. The film opened in the U.S. on May 7, 2004, and grossed a total of $20,641,054 worldwide, making it the 10th highest-grossing documentary film of all time. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
It's common sense that eating McDonalds thrice a day for a month isn't going to do you any good, but documentarian Morgan Spurlock allows us to observe the horrifying extent to which this is true, not just with the physical symptomps, but the psychological and physiological manifestations also. Spurlock put his health in jeopardy to bring us this documentary, and it's no surprise as a result that he recieved an Oscar nomination as a result.
The film begins with letting us know that Spurlock is a man of above-average health, and then introduces us to the rules surrounding his experiment: he must have a McDonalds meal for breakfast, dinner and tea, and if asked to SuperSize his meal, he must always do so. He will do this for 30 days and then re-examine his weight, body mass and the such like. While the immediately physical effects are the most obvious, what's more startling is how it affects his relationship with his girlfriend: his sex-drive ends up severely diminished and he becomes more lethargic throughout. There's also one disturbing scene where he forces himself to eat the third meal even though he's not hungry, and another one where he vomits the meal back up.
Car crash viewing at its best, Super Size Me is a highly intruiging documentary, and while it ultimately does tell us what any sane person would already know, it cements its point with a wealth of humour and some disturbing looks at what the industry doesn't want you to see. As interesting as the challenge is, its examination of the iconography of the famed fast food chain is utterly fascinating.
Supersize me is a documentary about film maker Morgan Spurlock's experiment of eating only Mac Donalds food for 30 days. The film follows Spurlock and his bodily functions as he gorges himself on junk food. To lend some scientific merit to his film Spurlock sees a number of medical specialists at the beginning and end of the experiment to show its affects. I don't want to spoil the end but surprise, surprise eating junk food is bad for you, who'd have though it!
The film also focuses on some the junk food industry in general and highlights the ticks they use to get us hooked such as targeting children. It also reveals how bad some of our favourite snacks are for us, including how much sugar is in a can of coke. The film also includes a general look at the level of obesity in the US.
Worth a watch
In a word no. I cannot believe there is a person alive that does not know that junk food is bad for you. The film is one mans rant at an industry he blames for a problems that lets face it is not their fault, just because Mac Donalds tells us to eat a cheeseburger does not mean we have to. However if your aim is to put yourself off Mac Donalds for life then this was made for you, the bodily functions alone that accompany Spurlock's scoffing will stop you from ever wanting a Big Mac again.
Run Time 97 (long) minutes
Supersize Me is a documentary about MacDonalds and the effects it can have on your health. Morgan Spurlock intended to ask the question, why is America so fat? He set out to answer this question by eating nothing apart from MacDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner for an entire month! (Why he would want to do this is beyond me!).
He had only four rules along his journey. One, he could only eat what was available over the counter. Two, no supersizing his meals unless it was offered. Three, eat every item on the menu at least once. And Four, no giving up or cutting corners - three whole meals a day.
After doing this for only one month the effects it had on his appearance and internal factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol were astounding. This documentary is a really good insight into the harmful effects of fast food, and really makes you think twice before going to MacDonalds!
Fans of Morgan Spurlock's engaging documentary Super Size Me won't want to miss almost an hour of extra footage on the DVD. Best of all is a 25-minute one-on-one interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, but other interesting moments are a chat with a couple who collects McDonald's memorabilia; an analysis of a supermarket's layout; further conversation with Big Mac fan Eric Gorske and his wife; a look at the deep-fried Twinkie; and a disgusting but funny piece on how McDonald's food rots (or doesn't). Spurlock also provides a commentary track along with his girlfriend Alex Jamieson (you know, the vegan chef) in which they discuss why he included certain scenes, how many times he ate McDonald's salads, and his recommendations for books to read and action to take. And because he and Jamieson received so many inquiries about the "last supper" he ate on film before embarking on his special diet, an insert contains the recipes, including the highly sought-after tofu and vegetable phyllo tart. --David Horiuchi