A documentary review written by: Lee Sonogan
98mins(2004) Documentary, comedy, drama
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With a budget of $65,000 this documentary made 22.2 million at the box office. While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month. With 250 hours shot for the documentary only 0.66% made it into the final cut. This is the documentary that got writer, director and star famous. It took Morgan Spurlock 13 months to lose the 25 pounds that he gained during the McDonald’s binge.
The documentary was released at the Sundance Festival in January, 2004. Shorter than two months later, McDonald’s announced that it would no longer sell any of its menu items in Super Size. McDonalds officially denied that this move was in reaction to this film. The movie suggest at its time the McDonalds dominated convenient food in America and is a self serving money-making machine compare to other companies. In my research on this documentary I was unaware that there was a sequel. That documentary came out in 2017 and rated generally lower than this documentary.
Made a long time ago, it shows the horrors of eating too much food in America. In its context is shows people’s needs with something just being there for you to consume and its negative effects. This little experiment shows that. It is done in such a way where it is one of the best comedic documentaries and a thought-provoking film. I recommend this documentary to anyone who struggles with eating too much food that is bad for you. This documentary may be the film that keeps you away from the bad choices of fast food restaurants.
PS – Do not be like a guy in the film who has eaten over 19,000 Big Macs and only eat McDonald’s food once a week.
Morgan Spurlock: I consumed over thirty pounds of sugar. That’s an average of a pound of sugar a day.
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