Super Size Me
Super Size Me

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject in this documentary about the commercial food industry. After eating a diet of McDonald's fast food three times a day for a month straight Spurlock proves the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food. Spurlock also provides a look at the food culture in America through it's schools corporations and politics. "Super Size Me" is a movie that sheds a new light on what has become one of our nation's biggest health problems: obesity.System Requirements:Running Time: 100 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: PG-13 UPC: 043396085435 Manufacturer No: 08543

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rejected five times by the USC film school, won the best director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for this alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation. Under extensive medical supervision, Spurlock subjects himself to a steady diet of McDonald's cuisine for 30 days just to see what happens. In less than a week, his ordinarily fit body and equilibrium undergo dark and ugly changes: Spurlock grows fat, his cholesterol rockets north, his organs take a beating, and he becomes subject to headaches, mood swings, symptoms of addiction, and lessened sexual energy. The gimmick is too obvious to sustain a feature documentary; Spurlock actually spends most of the film probing insidious ways that fast food companies worm their way into school lunchrooms and the hearts of young children who spend hours in McDonald's playrooms. French fries never looked more nauseating. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Biased Propaganda
    I watched this movie because I was told how much of an "eye-opening" experience it would be. The only thing I saw, that apparently those who laud this movie's praises can't, is that generally, people do not continue to eat when they begin to throw up. But not this, he's hell-bent on proving a point, even if his biased tactics negate the very point he claims he is trying to make. He probably could've done the same thing by eating in excess liver or brussel sprouts or something else he dislikes. Anything in excess is bad for you. Anything you don't like that you eat in excess will likely make you throw up. Anything eaten in excess to the exclusion of anything else will have negative effects on your body over an extended period of time. How many people REALLY eat three full meals a day at a fast food restaurant, EVERY DAY for a month straight AND continue to eat that food after they begin vomitting?!?!?! The whole movie is propaganda b.s. and i/m/o anyone who tries to claim it's "prophetic" is simply refusing to acknowledge it is nothing more than "pathetic." ...more info
  • Mc Donalds
    I will never eat Mc Donalds again. This is not a slick film, but it is real and shows the ups and downs of this type of project. It is clear that anyone who eats this type of food for every meal is a nutter. What about a sequel though run over the course of a year? On second thoughts don't, I don't want someone's death on my conscience....more info
  • Super Size Me
    Fantastic DVD. More people should see this and stop the fast food habit.
    I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in protecting their health. Fast food is one of the worst things we can put in our bodies, unless we have a death wish, then go ahead and eat it! See the DVD, you will be glad you did....more info
  • A MUST Watch for Everyone!
    Its time for us Americans to take responsibility for our actions, especially what we put in our mouths and how it affects our bodies. THis movie will make you think twice about what you eat and definitely makes its point. Let's take care of our bodies and live healthy, its the only one we have....more info
  • the barbecue fire is calling me!
    This film was shot to illustrate how dangerous over eating burgers etc might be but after watching it, it just made me wanna eat a big juicy burger even more:) i ordered double whopper menu and enjoyed the guilty pleasure of calories...long live burger king!!!...more info
  • A Complete Fraud
    Spurlock makes a case by distorting the truth to where it is an outright lie. When his caloric intake was added up by an outside nutritionist they found that there was no way that he could have been taking in 9000 calories with the designed meal without inbetween snacking. He makes other false statements such as there is no milk in McDonald's milkshakes, and that aspartame is unsafe even though it was approved by the FDA as completely safe in 1999.

    He generates propaganda much in the same manner as Michael Moore, unable to make the simpliest truthful statements, instead casting accusations without supporting them with sources or facts.

    In fact out of all fast food chains, McDonalds has been a pioneer in developing alternative, healthy alternatives to their burger and fries.

    This movie is a complete waste of time and could have been convincing if Spurlock hadn't twisted facts like his actual caloric intake in order to make the case for his movie more convincing.

    There is no "0 star" rating but this movie deserves it....more info
  • Good for nutrition education..
    I am a nutritionist and dietitian. I used this DVD in my nutrition education class. The participants were very impressed by the movie. It saved me a lot of time for the preparation. ...more info
  • Not bad kinda one sided
    This movie is pretty ones sided but it brings up a good point about how much fast food we eat and that it can't be good. I think he starts it off well showing that he is healthy and exercises regularly he gets blood work done and a check up at regular intervals during this film and sets ground rules for how it is conducted which I think makes it pretty honest, but 30 days of just eating McDonalds for every meal is just hard to take. He does bring up some interesting facts about the food served and what it does to you. Obviously if you eat this way you will gain weight and he also stopped exercising to be the so called average American. I believe this movie has valid points due to the fact that all of the fast food companies are on the healthy menu bandwagon and that it's pretty hard to dispute that a majority of Americans are overweight and out of shape. You can see that just walking down any street in America. All in all a pretty good flick and an interesting way to make your point....more info
  • Intellectual junk food...
    This is five-star must-see viewing for losers who want to blame corporations because they don't have the good sense and willpower to run their own lives.

    I'm a vegetarian for both health and ethical reasons, and I despise the trash food served at fast food joints like McDonalds.

    But this movie is intellectual junk food. It is the mental equivalent of a Quarter Pounder, with a double side order of pure lard. It will actually make you less knowledgeable.

    It is so dishonest as to be useless; virtually no one eats food the way Spurious Spurlock does here. As other reviewers point out, in various ways he stacks the deck to guarantee preposterous, but sensationalistic, results. Totally bogus, totally unscientific.

    Hey, you know you shouldn't be eating tubloads of this kind of garbage anyway, don't you? It doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

    Nanny state politicians who want to rule our lives "for our own good" will love this.

    Also highly recommended for sleazy lawyers who want to sue fast food joints.
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  • McDiet equals McStroke
    McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Wendy's Burger King, Dairy Queen what do all of these restaurants have in common besides workers being paid minimum wage and offering artery clogging food in large quantities at cheap prices: they have overtaken the food market and supposedly are to blame for making America the fattest country in the world.

    Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, after reading about two obese girls suing McDonald's for making them fat, decides to go on a "diet" a McDiet in which he eats McDonald's three times a day and sets up such restrictions as not allowing himself to eat or drink anything not available at McDonalds and only supersizing his meals when the server asks him if he wants to. Before beginning on his expedition, Spurlock has a massive vegetarian meal prepared by his vegan chef girlfriend which will be his lowest calorie meal for the next thirty days. Spurlock, whom rarely ate fast food before the making of the film, laughs at the ridiculous proportions served by McDonald's and the amount of sugar he consumes just in his milkshakes and soft drinks. The first couple of days he is okay, but he begins to get sick soon thereafter and once vomits on camera after eating a supersized meal. As the thirty days pass on by, the viewer gets to see how the food is destroying Spurlock such as in one case it is mentioned that he is destroying his liver like an alcoholic, but with food instead of beer, wine, and liquor. The weight he gains and the damage to his mood the food creates are real eye-openers.

    Super Size Me has been criticized by a number of individuals who have stated that Spurlock's diet in the film is unrealistic and that no normal person would consist just on McDonald's for such a long time. However, Spurlock is attempting to consume enough McDonald's food for an eight year equivalent and he even reduces his daily exercise to get in line with the average American some of who do eat junk every day and who with their automobiles and general laziness walk little each day. Spurlock might be going to extremes, but he is showing how a number of Americans are destroying themselves through junk.

    One issue that I wish Spurlock addressed is that of who consumes fast food the most. There are of course soccer moms and the like who treat their kids to McDonald's after practice and individuals who just need to grab a quick bite to eat. However, at least in my experience having lived in a small southern town, a good number of people who eat fast food, and especially the dollar meals, are from poor families who honestly cannot afford better foods when they eat out, and sometimes eating out is a must when one has limited time to prepare foods. If one looks at a number of people who eat fast food and compare with their economic level one can see a correlation between obesity and economic status.

    A fun, albeit horrifying film, Super Size Me has done a good job trying to make Americans think before consuming fat-laden junk....more info
  • Die Anyway...
    I remember seeing this and thinking it was, at best, a slanted documentary. It's not entertaining. It's a back-door attack on big corporations in the style of Michael Moore's best stuff, but not nearly as good.

    Not that I embrace big corporations, mind you.

    However, bad things in food are NOT exclusive to McDonald's; the guy in the documentary could have purchased frozen french fries, hamburger, etc. and cooked the stuff at home!

    Basically, any large-volume food processing company, even of so-called healthy and organic foods, faces problems of keeping "stuff that's bad for you" out of the food you buy.

    Anecdotally, I can say that I once found an insect in a can of French green beans packed by a well-known company. And most vegetables are still not grown organically; in fact, many foods labeled "organic" are not in fact so. (No government has the resources to check these things.)

    _Fortean Times,_ a British magazine, in its October 2007 issue on p. 19, shows several photos, one of a frog found in an organic salad bag, the other of a rat's head found in a jar of gherkins.

    And wasn't there a story recently about a man who found a snake's head in his green beans?

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  • Super sized eye opener
    The information provided by the DVD Super Size Me was so incredible that I have shared it with my students. It has changed the way that I eat and conduct my everyday activities. ...more info
  • Will open your eyes about what you eat
    Do we all know fast food isn't good for you? Of course. But we don't know just how dangerous it can be-and that one of those dangers is a drug-like addiction that will keep you coming back for more, which is exactly what the fast food companies want.

    Want to know the details? Watch this movie. But be prepared to second guess your eating habits when you do....more info
  • Amazing video!
    You will find this video hard to believe. Check out this very healthy young man's decline to a near fatal health condition in a few short weeks from a steady diet of McDonald's fast food. Three doctors measure his vitals from beginning to end - very entertaining and convicting!...more info
  • Supersize Me
    I had 2 different orders with this product. One was for a single DVD, the other was for 5 of these DVDs. SO I don't know which order I'm reviewing right now. Both orders came in sealed wrapping. I haven't watched any of them, because they are for prizes in a life-style change program. The program is CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project). They came in record time. Thank You....more info
  • Interesting film on the state of nutrition in America
    Morgan Spurlock's film is based on an experiment that uses himself as a guinea pig in which he ingests nothing but food and beverages sold by McDonald's for 30 days to see the results. Spurlock is a healthy man in his early 30's who - prior to this film - has eaten a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight, and gotten plenty of exercise on a regular basis. He is embarking on this experiment because apparently McDonald's has made the claim that you could eat their food daily as part of a healthy diet. Spurlock's rules are he can eat nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days, he must eat three meals a day, and if asked if he wants to supersize something he must always say yes. On top of this, he simultaneously cuts back on his exercise to be something corresponding to what the average American gets. Also, though not part of his official rules, he never orders a salad or bottled water. He always goes right for the greasiest food offered. It should be obvious to anyone that this is not what McDonald's meant in their press release as Spurlock goes on a month long fast food binge. At least part of the results were not that startling to me. If you are over thirty and you do this to yourself, even for just a month, you should expect to gain a lot of weight and feel awful - which he does. He gains about ten percent of his original body weight over the month. What did surprise me was that the diet did so much damage to his internal organs so quickly. Spurlock's blood pressure shot up, he began to show signs of liver damage, and all of his blood tests frightened his doctor so much that he told him to go to the emergency room if he should begin to experience shooting pains in the middle of the night.

    Actually, Spurlock's experiment doesn't take up probably more than half the film. A large part of the documentary is spent talking about the state of nutrition in America, focusing particularly on the food served in the public schools. He visits several typical public schools in which kids can order anything they want at the cafeteria, have ready access to candy and soda via vending machines in the halls, and have greatly reduced physical education classes due to budget constraints and, although not mentioned, quite probably the greater emphasis on teaching to the standardized tests that students have to take in most states that takes up a great deal of school time. For contrast, Spurlock visits a school in Wisconsin for troubled kids in which organic food is served and notes that the behavior problems in these children is vastly reduced, most likely the result of this diet. This part of the film really made me think. I'm almost fifty, and when I was a child in public school we had to eat a balanced diet if we ordered one from the cafeteria, had limited access to desserts, and had no vending machines. There were no soft drinks served at lunch - only milk, iced tea, and water. Finally, we had daily P.E. classes in which we all had a period of mandatory calisthenics. I also remember that obese children were a rarity, and now if you look around they seem to be everywhere. Spurlock doesn't limit himself to examining the health habits of children, though. He also points out how the portion sizes in restaurants have grown tremendously and so have the waistlines of adults. Spurlock does come across one very interesting human oddity of an exception that proves the rule. This fellow has been eating an average of three Big Macs a day for years, is obviously in at least his late 30's or maybe even 40's, and is as thin as a rail. I'd love to find out if this behavior ever catches up with him.

    Basically, Spurlock's experiment on himself is used as a kind of Frankenstein horror tale to hold your interest while he talks about the crisis brewing in America from a combination of bad eating habits and greatly reduced physical activity. He doesn't seem to have any answers, though. People have to work longer hours to pay the bills, giving little time for exercise and home-cooked meals, and public education budgets have gotten tighter. The high price of housing has meant people with families live further from the center of cities in order to find affordable homes in safe neighborhoods and thus spend more time in traffic and less time walking. Since Spurlock himself is living the life of a single guy in New York City with no family pressures and can walk to the office every day, he would probably have a difficult job seeing that for many people just recognizing this problem isn't enough to solve it. However, it is a start....more info
  • No more fast-food!
    This is a real eye opening film into the unhealthy world of fast-food! Everyone should see it!!...more info
  • Makes me feel better about myself
    As someone who is slightly overweight nothing makes me feel better about myself than watching footage of severly overweight people shoving french fries down their fat faces. Whenever I'm upset because I'm 10 lbs. overweight I like to see morbidly obese people who need to lose 200 lbs. and suddenly I don't feel so bad. Why shucks, I look like Brad Pitt when you compare me to those chubby little meat-sacks with their double chins and neck rolls singing the McDonalds song during the opening credits.

    Thank you Morgan Spurlock, thank you for reminding me that no matter how out of shape I get there will always be some porker rolling through the drive-thru of a McDonalds somewhere to order his Big Mac with cheese and extra mayo who will always make me look trim and sexy by comparison....more info
  • Decent documentary.
    When this documentary was released and received a ton of press, I thought the general storyline was rather interesting. A man, Morgan Spurlock, goes on a 30 day McDonald's-only diet and tracks his health (and weight) to determine what eating high-fat foods can do to a person. The documentary also goes into the obesity epidemic as a whole and what goes into the advertisements for different kinds of unhealthy food.

    Morgan's rules are simple; he must consume 3 meals a day at McDonald's and nowhere else, he must supersize the meal if the cashier gives him the option, and he must try every food item on the menu. I personally wouldn't think that a 30 day McDonald's diet would be extreme but apparently it is. Aside from the obvious cholesterol and liver problems Morgan experienced, he also went through some unexpected things (like depression and problems performing sexually).

    As mentioned above, Spurlock also goes into side topics and broader topics as well. From what kids eat in school to the deceiving tricks big companies play on consumers, this film covers it all. The one thing that I was left thinking after watching this documentary is "Duh!". Look, nothing in this documentary is anything new. We've been hearing about the obesity epidemic and how awful fast food joints are for your diet from various sources for YEARS. You probably won't learn anything new after watching this documentary. However, it was neat to see how eating McDonald's for 30 days can destroy your health in such a short time.

    This documentary hasn't and it probably will never convince me to stop eating McDonald's. The big guys over at McDonald's know what they're doing and they're making a ton of money doing it. Do I think they're evil for thinking more about their wallets than their consumers? Not at all. It's all about personal responsibility. If you're interested in this topic, I highly recommend "Super Size Me"....more info
  • Suprisingly entertaining
    I kept hearing this was good, so I got the dvd. The title & idea sound boring but it was fun & informative. Makes you think twice about some bad habits we have....more info
  • hilarious!
    This documentary is just hilarious! We'd seen it before, and hubby loves it so I bought it for him. Great if you need a giggle....more info
  • You're missing the point
    All the naysayers are missing the point. Let me address each critique:

    1) Who would be so stupid to believe that eating McDonald for a month is not unhealthy for you?

    McDonald it seems. The reason for making this movie was the judge claiming that there was no proof that McDonald food (or food in general) could cause any physical problem. Besides McDonald worked hard to censore an article that suggested to limit McDonald foods.

    2) Is this some sort of revelation? Are we supposed to be shocked that Mr. Spurlock gains weight and doesn't feel well after the month is over?

    Apparently so, since McDonald and a judge declared there's no evidence food can make this to you. Hence the reason for making the movie.
    Most of the value of the movie is not in the McDonald attack but in showing people that indeed you can cause your depression, weakness, tiredness, apathy, mood swings, irritability, migraine and much more with foods. Many people believe it's impossible for a wrong diet to cause problems and whenever they feel sick or chronically sick they blame genes or germs and gulp down pills. Not many believe that what you eat can make such a difference in your life and hence this movie is a real eye-opener.

    My mother depression was caused by her diet. Once she started eating smaller portions, more often, an healthy protein and an healthy carb, healthy fats and dropped the sweets and sugars and processed food her diagnosed manic-depressive-compulsive depression disappeared completely. But she just laughed at me when I suggested that the way she ate was causing her sickness ... until she saw this movie and made the choice to change her diet.

    The most important scene in the movie is the way school students on an healthier diet feel and function. No one can deny the eye-opening effect of such clearly explained information.

    3) No one is forcing people to eat at McDonald, it's their choice!

    An important aspect of the movie is how McDonald food is addictive for the brain causing dependency at which point it becomes a drive you have no control upon. If you miss your dose you feel sick. So people might say "I will just have one" but they found out they can't control their impulses to have more. Such effect (expecially from sugar rich foods) has been demonstrated on the medical literature.

    4) Exercise makes the difference.

    There's no way exercising can bypass the damage caused by a wrong diet.
    If you knew someone who ate lot of McDonald and exercised and was healthy and slim it just means you were dealing with a fast-metabolizer probably young person who had a system strong enough to deal with such massive junk overload and nutritional deficiencies. Eventually comes the last straw that breaks the camel's back and from there it's all downhill. Besides being in high school and slim and exercising doesn't mean being healthy. A lot of people call themselves healthy but suffer from a lot of food-related issues like mood-swings, tiredness, indigestion, stomachace, chronic headache, nausea and so on.

    5) They could choose healthier foods when eating at McDonald

    Another important aspect of the movie is how the healthier alternatives are not that healthier but filled with hidden fats or extra sugars. Even the salad are not that healthier.

    Going back to point two it is easy to see that many people might be mislead to eat McDonald foods ignoring it causes neuroendocrinological dependence and believing to be safe by choosing the healthier options.
    Hence it's right to consider them victims of misinformation, misleading compaigns and poor food quality. If we can agree on this we can agree that this movie is indeed useful.

    I have bought this movie to show it to as many people as possible, not to demonstrate that McDonald is unhealthy but that food can indeed makes the difference between health or sickness, between feeling radiant or feeling miserable....more info
  • Wake up America!
    Everyone should see this and wake up to what is happening to our nation's health. It was frightening to learn just how damaging eating fast food regularly is to a body. Spurlock presents the information in an interesting, entertaining, and sometimes disturbing way (like when it took him over 35 min. to eat a super-size meal and then couldn't keep it in!). I do hope every health class in every school is showing this to their students! Wake up America!!...more info
  • Scary, but true!
    After watching Super Size Me I can honestly say I will think twice before stopping at the "Golden Arches" or anywhere else for that matter. I'm not one for fast food; in fact, I'd rather not eat any of it. But we all crave it at some point, whether it is due to stress or a late night out. This movie is the perfect story to show how dangerous this food truly is for you. One point that the movie discusses throughout, and is very pertinent to today's obese society, is that eating this way is a choice. You are not forced to eat fast food. They liken this epidemic of obesity to smoking as the second most deadly, yet preventable, killer. Great documentary and a must watch for everyone! ...more info
  • An Interesting and Unsuccessful Attack on Fast Food.
    Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonalds food three times a day for 30 days. His goal is to eat everything on the menu during that time and to super size his meal only when asked by the cashier if this is what he wants. He also drank regular cola instead of diet soda.

    During these 30 days, he gains 24 pounds, and his liver and enzyme levels go through the roof. He is now 2x more likely to have a heart attack, and he is short of breath and tired and depressed much of the time. He feels that this experiment proves how addictive and dangerous fast food can be.

    In response, I would say that eating McDonald's wasn't Spurlock's problem. Eating an insane amount of calories and carbohydrates was his problem. Others have eaten McDonalds on a daily basis as part of a USA recommended 2000 calorie diet, and have maintained a consistently healthy lifestyle.

    This movie is an interesting study of what can happen to a person when he follows a stupid diet. But it is an unsuccessful attempt at proving that fast food is by nature worse or more addicting than other foods.

    I contend that if you eat smart and exercise a little self-control, you can eat at McDonald's 3 times a day and lose as much weight as you like. For example, as part of a USDA recommended 2000 calorie diet, a guy could have an Egg McMuffin with cheese and ham (300 calories) and black coffee for breakfast, a Big Mac, a small fries, a side salad, and a diet soda for lunch (910 calories), and a McChicken with a diet soda and a southwest salad without the chicken(510 calories), and that still leaves you with 280 calories to spread throughout the day for snacks. Or you could use them all up with two scoops of ice cream. If you walk a half hour a day, you WILL lose weight! (Women may need to limit themselves to less calories).

    For variety's sake, you could have scrambled eggs and a hashbrown and black coffee for breakfast (310 calories), a quarter pounder with cheese, a small side salad and small fries and a diet coke for lunch (860 calories), and a ten piece Chicken McNuggets, a caesar salad without chicken, and a fruit and yogurt parfait without granola and a diet soda (670 calories), and still have 140 calories for some pretzels or 2 cookies.

    If you want to drink the highly caloric shakes, then drink half of what they give you. If you get the 1200 calorie Big breakfast, use the same approach: eat no more than half of what they give you. There's no law that says you have to eat everything in sight.

    The movie gets 4 stars for being an interesting documentary, but I can't give it 5 stars because its methodology is flawed. ...more info
  • Unscientific but still has merits
    I am very interested in the impact of McDonald's food on human health for a variety of reasons. For the purposes of scientific inquiry, Morgan Spurlock didn't do the job of illuminating the effects of McDonald's as well as he could have. He threw variables in the mix that could have caused his resulting adverse health effects, like drastically cutting his activity level and doubling his caloric intake per day.

    I would liked to have seen the outcome of an exclusively McDonald's diet if Spurlock had continued his normal daily activity level, and not engaged in the binging he forced on himself (the "Supersized" meals.) I realize the movie would not have been as dramatic if he had incurred only modest increases in weight, cholesterol and liver-stress indicators. But it would have been more interesting to the nutritionally-curious and more valid as a scientific study.

    A remarkable note at the end of the film is that the "Big Mac guy," who eats hundreds of them a year, only has a cholesterol level of 140. That is an exceptionally low level! Spurlocks' cholesterol went up during his experiment, most likely due to the quantity of trans fats he was consuming. These are present in high levels in McDonald's fried foods like French fries and chicken nuggets.

    I am not advocating eating Big Macs or other hamburgers every day, but they are probably the most benign foods on McDonald's menus. Dietary cholesterol, like that in red meat, is not the villain it is presented to be. Actually it is trans fats which cause so much cardiovascular harm. The McDonald's foods cooked in trans fats increase triglycerides, lead to increases in bad cholesterol and the lowering of good cholesterol, and contribute to artery hardening. In addition to the trans fats in their fries and chicken nuggets, there are unhealthy fats in McDonald's breakfast foods: the biscuits, hotcakes and the liquid margarines they use to cook in.

    Another misleading aspect of the film is that they showed large bags of sugar for shock effect, indicating what Spurlock was consuming these. Don't the filmmakers and featured dieticians in the film know that cane sugar is a rare ingredient in processed food these days? High fructose corn syrup is the sweetener in McDonald's sodas, ice-cream, and sweetened pastries. Studies show that high fructose corn syrup is very damaging to the liver, and causes insulin resistance, much more so than cane or beet sugar.

    Declines in Spurlock's health over the month span were most likely caused by lack of exercise, a dramatic increase in calorie consumption, as well as eating a diet high in trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. But we will never know which of those is the bigger factor from this experiment.

    The film is very entertaining and also contains good information about the grocery industry lobby, overly-processed school lunches and the increase in obesity in the U.S. What Spurlock didn't touch on, and a big factor in the obesity trend, is that people are so rushed that they don't have time to cook. U.S economic productivity has gone way up since his childhood in the 1960s-70s. (Wages have stagnated at the same time.) People are working more hours, they are more rushed than ever and our bodies are paying a price.

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  • This is a keen critique of a society growing fat over it's own shortcomings, and a must see.
    All the people giving it bad reviews just could go past the curtain of the guy living of MacDonald's. If you can go beyond that, you will see the sad state (of health) of a society (the whole western world by now) that has thrived on following mega corporations that could care less if you die of a heart attack as long as they can rip that $3.75 of your pocket.

    It was staggering for me to learn that MacDonald's acknowledges that they are selling products that are detrimental to health, and the government does nothing about it....more info
  • The "burger and fries" of documentaries!
    Watching this documentary is about as fun as eating fast food. Sure, maybe it's a bit of a stretch to be so harsh with McDonalds after going out of his way to abuse their food so long, but there's something irresistably fun about seeing the filmmaker actually become the documentary in addition to filming and narrating. It also impressed me that he would do so much damage to his own health to make a point.

    Actually one of my favorite parts of the DVD was the bonus feature where various burgers and fries were put in glass jars to see which ones would decay the most quickly. If I remember correctly, the McDonalds fries were still "fresh" after several weeks had passed, which makes one wonder if there's anything organic in them at all! Ha ha.

    I personally don't have anything against McDonalds, and I don't want them to go away, but certainly the message is at the very least "all things in moderation". What better way to illustrate this than by throwing moderation out the window and following food addiction to its logical conclusion. ...more info
  • Sweet land of liberty!!!
    I get it; as a matter of fact, we all get it, you're not supposed to eat fast food all the time. And I really don't think anyone can! Personally, I loved this movie, but I don't think it had a realistic premise. We all know fast food is a bad diet choice. Unfortunately; the hectic schedule faced by most working Americans these days has elevated the viability of the fast food diet. So it's not surprising that Mr. Spurlock got sick following McDonalds dietary lead. What was alarming though was the rate at which Mr. Spurlock's body started to deteriorate; his doctor was visibly shaken and that's scary. And although this may not be a scientific analysis, there seems to be a direct correlation between busy lives, sleep deprivation, fast food and obesity. In the end, Super Size Me is fun to watch and if you read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and/or watch Super Size Me, or both, you may never eat a happy meal again. You've been warned!...more info
  • McIcky
    Morgan Spurlock's documentary - in which he consumes nothing but McDonald's food for a month in 2003 - is funny, cleverly produced, and somewhat alarmist. It's not good science, but does offer some interesting social commentary on the power of the fast food/commercial food industry and is one man's rather striking video exercise in culinary self-abuse. The personalities (girlfriend, medical/nutrition folks, people on the street) were interesting. Most importantly to me Spurlock makes his point without being unnessarily mean. His various asides were also quite good, especially his forays into what public school systems can do to more responsibly exercise their in loco parentis duties as they care for our children....more info
  • And Michael Moore is annoying?
    "Super Size Me" is the type of movie that's better to catch in 15-second snippets on news programs than actually view at full length. It conducts a worthwhile experiment, if one with a dunderheadedly obvious conclusion, but conducts it in such an obnoxious manner than it's better to skip straight to the conclusion. One is surprised to see such a film done at all, but it is not done well.

    The central problem: Spurlock is unlikable, and he finds himself an limitlessly fascinating subject. Endlessly he hams for the camera, and he's all too happy to chronicle every smirk, chortle, twitch, and McJoke. *Especially* the McJokes - if a "McCoronary" or "McComa" is funny once, it's funny *every* time, darn it. I'd had it with him fifteen minutes in. The movie's like watching someone's home movies for ninety minutes - those of someone who constantly elbows you in the ribs, prodding "c'mon, c'mon, ain't this GREAT?", and insists on narrating every banality.

    "Super Size Me" would not seem to need padding, yet it repeats itself endlessly. There's about ten minutes of doctors praising Spurlock for his perfect health, trim figure, basement-level cholesterol, and on and on, until we suspect the film has gone beyond notation into braggadocio. The supersize portions at McDonald's are astounding, yes, but the movie takes way too much time to note this for each item, particularly when loudly driven home by Spurlock's faux, stagey marvel.

    Spurlock has a frat-boy sensibility. Grotesque caricatures serve as interstitials. The camera will focus pseudo-casually on the pin-ups in Spurlock's apartment to sneak some breasts into the picture. He swears like a 12-year-old - just to demonstrate he can. When he pukes, we have box seats. He chats as happily about his genital problems as any nightmare customer in line at the pharmacy.

    The in-depth, context-lending coverage of the obesity health issue is just a series of talking heads; the sleaziest 12-minute "Dateline" spot has more depth. There is a horror to Spurlock eating himself to near-death; this is as vivid and grotesquely memorable an illustration of a statistical reality as ever committed to film or memory. Spurlock's commitment to his cause cannot be impugned. "Super Size Me", though, relies on an emotional appeal, and as such, it's a particularly tiring one - a 90-minute "No, you fool! Don't go into the basement alone!" horror-movie moment, the indie version of those fundamentalist haunted houses that feature mock-ups of abortions and the puncture-filled torments of the Karo-decked condemned - venture not here, children, lest ye share this gruesome fate! The film's self-fascination and irritating affectations are as memorable as the experiment it chronicles. Wake me when the book comes. ...more info
  • They Supersized the DVD!
    This DVD has added material, but not just non-nutritive stuffing. There's a surrealistic interview with a couple who collects McDonald's memorabilia and an introductory analysis of how a supermarket's layout is designed to sell certain foods (guess which ones).There's a consideration of the deep-fried Twinkie- a subject that scarcely belongs with food at all and a completely revolting section on composting McDonald's.
    The additions turn this into more of a complete essay on trash food, although the viewer still ends up yearning for a bit more organization and an argument more complex than 'eeeyuuu, this is gross'.
    The five stars reflect the film's groundbreaking narrative. It challenges a now-engrained folk habit by turning it into a way of life and in the process making it look more than ridiculous.
    A must-see for everyone concerned about how we eat and how the sense of taste is disappearing even as food television becomes more popular.

    Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and the nutritious and delicious bang BANG: A Novel...more info
  • porno for judgemental health police
    I think this was an interesting film so I give it 3 stars, but it left me cold. It was too long a piece for such narcissism. He seemed to lasciviously enjoy his revulsion for the fast-food industry and for fat people. "OOOOOhhhh, it is so disgusting! Let's look at some more!" What a turn off. He seemed to really exploit that little fat kid, and have contempt for the Subway guy, who at least should get credit for losing 100+ pounds and trying to help other obese people.

    It seems like food, fat, and fear of fat is like the new forbidden sex. Change the words and images and you'd think the new food police were preachers talking about sex 100 years ago. This push to be "pure", to deny the body, to restrict, to look with disgust at the self-indulgence of all seems so petty, fear-driven and judgemental.

    Incidentally, I am not obese and I never eat at McDonalds. I don't eat there because the food is awful, not just because it is unhealthful....more info
  • Super Size Me
    The DVD condition was perfect; the film was a documentary about fast-food restaurants. I watched the first few minutes and that was all I could stand. Guess it's good to wake folks up to the damages fast food can do to the body....more info
  • be careful before you share this
    I liked the film content.
    however I shared this film with some clients I hardly knew and they were shocked at the language.
    There is supposed to be a family friendly version coming out.
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  • Super Size Me DVD
    When I received this movie, my oldest son and I watched the Super Size Me movie and it was terrific. We now understand how fast food affects our bodies and how really bad it is for us. After watching this, we no longer eat at ANY fast food restaurants. We value our bodies and what goes in them. I want to say thank you for making this movie, it needed to be brought to everyone's attention....more info
  • This is a 'MUST HAVE'
    This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It is important that as many people see this as possible, even younger kids....more info
  • Super Size Me
    This movie makes you think about what we are doing to our bodies by eating all this junk. Because of this we eat very little fast food....more info
  • Super Size Me Movie
    I was very disappointed in this movie. It was listed as a PG movie. My son was getting it for a class project. When we got it in the mail it was a PG-13. We watched it and I couldn't believe the bad language. It also talked about sex and drugs. I couldn't believe they put it on the internet as a PG. Even as PG-13 it was very dissappointing....more info
  • A small step toward balance
    I was quite surprised to read attacks on Spurlock's integrity in some of the reviews here. Super Size Me is a straight-shooting look at a cynical industry, focusing primarily on McDonalds, It sheds light on a profound problem, only beginning to get at all that's behind the appeal of unhealthy fast food. As protagonist, Spurlock is sincere and likable. He plays it straight, no edge, arrogance or irony - it would have been easy to slip into a smugness that he avoids. And the fact that his doctors actually urge him to abandon his experiment well before its conclusion dramatically underscores the seriousness of the relationship between serious health concerns and processed food, high in refined sugar and saturated fat.

    Tobacco, drugs and addiction are all raised in the film in comparison and the connection works, particularly with respect to the ethical indifference of the industries that have peddled their unhealthy products to an all too willing public, long aware of the consequences of prolonged regular use. Those in denial about these concerns will of course see the film as much ado about nothing and/or will attempt to discredit its legitimacy by finding fault with his methods or disputing the credibility of his numbers. The fact remains, however, that the U.S. is, as Spurlock claims, experiencing an epidemic of obesity and its concomitant health risks, along with the exacerbating and increasingly severe lack of physical exercise.

    There is much to think about in this important movie. And having shown very effectively how clever and thorough the fast food industry is at marketing their products - primarily to children, it is good that we have another perspective to consider. Spurlock was preaching to the choir in my case, since I haven't eaten fast food in years, but his fleshing out the dire state of America's school lunch programs and disappearing physical education left me shaking my head in disbelief. ...more info
  • After a while it was just making me hungry for "McDonald's"
    I think that the guy who made this movie was trying to be like Micheal Moore in that he was trying to bring down "McDonald's" in a very sensationalist and dramatic way. I think that a 20 minute expose on the health value and marketing strategies of "McDonald's" would be sufficient to bring forward the points he was trying to make, but a full-length movie on the subject was too much for me. After a while it was just making me hungry for "McDonald's".

    By the way, I love "McDonald's". I understand that it is a big capitolist money-making machine that markets junk food to children. However, they do have healthy foods on the menu such as chicken salad. They also raise money for children with cancer. Every month or so I just have to fill my craving for a Big Mac, a Fish Filet or an Egg McMuffin.

    My belief in healthy eating has to with moderation. of course, as the movie makes clear, eating "McDonald's" every day is bad for your health. But I don't think there's anything wrong with taking the family out to "McDonald's" every other month or so, especially if your on a road trip.

    This is not the kind of movie that you'll want to buy and watch over and over again. I would rent it and stop at "McDonald's" on your way back to returning it. ...more info
  • OH MY GOD!!!
    Why didnt anyone tell me that McDonalds was bad for you??? THANK YOU for making this documentary, I would have been lost without it! I thought the love handles came from something I was doing wrong, but now, thanks to Mr. Spurlock, I realize that I am not to blame for anything. I must say, it feels good knowing that nothing is my fault, and that large corporations are to blame for everything. ...more info
  • America, and soon the world is on the down-ward-slope
    Some people don't know that fast food is not good for you, and some do. Other people just don't know how unhealthy fast food is. This documentary shocks people not only in what he is doing but FACTS that are going on in the US.

    Some rules that were set that they set in the start of the movie:

    1. He MUST eat everything that he orders. (even the condiments and toppings that are added)
    2. He MUST Supper Size if they ask
    3. He will eat McD's for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    4. He will have to walk what the average American walks in a day. (1 mile or less a day)
    5. Lastly he can't exercise (the average American doesn't exercise).

    In the start he is at the peak condition for his age range. He asks three doctors what they can expect through the duration of this experiment. Pay very close attention to what they will say, also pay very close attention to what they say through out the experiment.

    Yea, many Americans don't eat fast food for all three meals, also he is not trying to bring down McD's. He doesn't even show an answer for what to do at the end. The purpose of the film is to raise attention about the epidemic of nutrition deficiency, and for you to make up your own answers using your best judgment.
    ...more info
  • Recommended along with the Fast Food Nation
    It is funny and outrageous at the same time. Everyone knows that fast food is not good for health, but I never thought that the film-maker would actually go ahead and perform that kind of experiment on his body. Now you know what happens when you eat too much fast food. Even if nobody will actually replicate that kind of experiment for his eating style, you know that in the long run it will poison your entire body system. So wake up, eat healthy food, exercise, get plenty of rest, sleep well, learn about nutrition and how our country is being run by corporations....more info
  • Eye Opening
    This movie is completely eye opening to how horrible fast food in general really is. It is must see for all Americans and people around the world. I mean really guys, this obesity stuff is really getting nasty and needs to be fixed, immediately. After watching this movie, I haven't even gone to a fast food restaurant. ...more info


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