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Super Size Me

2004, Health  -   54 Comments
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Ratings: 7.06/10 from 70 users.

Super Size MeMorgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, came up with a great hook for his debut as a documentary filmmaker.

His experiment, to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engaging tangents about American culture's disturbing trend toward obesity.

Though the prose in his voice-overs occasionally reveals Spurlock's amateurism, the editing and the quality of his interviews more than make up for it.

Spurlock has absorbed the work of Michael Moore and manages to achieve the same intricate balance between laughter, shock, and information that makes Moore's films entertaining, although Spurlock is without any righteous anger.

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Renee W
4 years ago

No, eating crappy food over healthy food is NOT a choice because the average American has not been informed about how extremely poisonous the American diet is. In Europe, poisonous foods like trans fats have been banned.

Jr Casterline
9 years ago

the point to this movie is that Americans make the wrong choices and don't know that they are but everybody has the right to eat what they want

10 years ago

give me the freedom to choose crappy foods over healthy foods, it's my choice! and if i die from it it's my own fault, not the governments!

doggie
10 years ago

This documentary is very interesting.I've watched it at school. I don't eat at McDonalds thsat often and I'm not overweight or close to.I'm 90 pounds and I'm from Canada and there is only small medium large

Gaolee Vang
10 years ago

what are the three main point that stand out of this film?

Janez4545
10 years ago

This guy's an absolute scam-fraud. If he had eaten the healthiest items on the menu -- Granola and Muffins for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch, and a salad for dinner -- Guess what? He would have been healthy! And there would have been no movie!!!

This money-grabbing, self-serving prick went out of his way to make himself a millionaire by stretching and fabricating the truth. I get it: grab a video camera, go to McDonalds, eat the worst food possible, then go to your Doctor for a test. Wow! How creative?!? What an innovator!

Lordwaldimort
10 years ago

One of the worst documentaries ever if you can even call it a documentary. With the same methods i can prove that carrots are bad for people.

TheWindsoftara
11 years ago

@Homemaker l hope you see this, you can lose weight quite simply if you follow these rules carefully. There is 4.5 Litres in your Gallon, you must drink at least 2 Litres per day of water if not more, a coffee in the morning if you wish, nothing else only water. Water is your friend, eat your meals off a bread and butter plate, never go over the edge, and do not stack high, make the plate up as you would to a visitor, don't be foolish your only hurting yourself. You can have 3 snacks a day, a handful of unsalted nuts, a yogurt, a piece of fruit. You must walk 5 kms, you have to work that out in miles, l have to bring my bloody calculator every time l come to the US, well you won't convert to metric you lot. As l said you must walk 5 kms, that's 5 kms there and 5 kms back. l promise you, if you do that for 1 year, you will lose at least 25 kilos, in a very healthy way, if my memory serves me correct, that's somewhere up near 45lbs, you won't know yourself, and you will thank an Australian Sous Chef, who took the time to tell you this, l wish you all the luck in the World and l know you will look fantastic. l bet you will look a right dish too. This film inspired Australia's McDonalds to be the first in the World to change their menu, immediately after, with fresh, healthy and well balanced food added to their menu, salad, yogurts, orange juice, etc, etc. Also a new burger called McOz with less than 3 grams of fat, even we Chefs eat. This film did more good than bad around the World, good on ya Morgan Spurlock, thanks for helping Australian kids.
Kind Regards
A Sous Chef.

Tiffany Rector
11 years ago

dude i love this show !

Homekeeper
11 years ago

Something to really think about. We eat mostly homemade meals-try to minimize processed ingredients. We don't eat 'fast food' often. We wouldn't even fall into the category of 'heavy user' but we occasionally indulge. I ate a carrot for lunch, thinking as I chewed. I talked to my kids about the food groups and why our bodies need them. Despite all this, I am overweight (not obese) I just love food! I eat more than I need at most meals-what's up with that??

Avaritia
11 years ago

In case there were any doubts that the damn corporations are killing us all. It's open war on humans.

LiquidCourage
11 years ago

For those who missed that: this movie had been scientifically disproved several years ago (by Swedish scientists I think). They did the same things like in the movie with none of their subjects displaying any of the drastic effects. In other words: this is a funny movie but it's not a documentary. It's fiction.

xxsaxahxx
11 years ago

i seen this doc like ages ago and havent eaten any mcdonalds since and in my country mcdonalds dont have supersize only large, medium and small !!

misschriss
11 years ago

I would make the argument that the value of liberty is what Americans prize the most. You are free to say what you like, you are free to profit of your successes, but you are also free to ruin your own life. It is an individualistic view of the world. At best, it places the responsibility of each individual's prosperity on their own shoulders. At worst, it promotes a selfish society where the state of one's fellow man is of no importance. This view of the world supposes one critical thing: That generally speaking, its citizens have the good sense and intelligence to do what is right for themselves and for their family. We know very well this is not the case. For example, countless people borrow and spend, because they are 'free' to, sums of money they can't possibly pay back. Or, increasingly, people don't eat foods that will nourish the bodies, choosing rather to over-consume foods that will make them obese and sick. As demonstrated time and time again, corporations have their own interests at heart and won't bat an eye-lash at exploiting, to the point of ruin, the very consumers who have made them rich. In my view, it is the role of government to regulate business to prevent practices that are not good for society as a whole. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Be it Republican or Democrat, there is no difference, they accomplish the same thing: the erosion of laws which protect its citizens in order to maximize the profits of big business (the reason for this current economic crisis!), the erosion of the social net (welfare, health care, old age pension). The result is the rapid disappearing of the middle class and the further widening of the gap between rich and poor. No, people certainly do not have the good sense to do what is good for them.

mikeysbro
11 years ago

intresting who said they couldnt commit suicide by eating junk food?

11 years ago

watch this then Food. Inc
cant believe we watched both in class :O

Jenny Kim
11 years ago

Wow, this is soooooooooo cool. I'm totally off fast-food now. I'm going for a nice chicken salad.

David Wang
11 years ago

jesus christ!! This guy is suicidal!

12 years ago

I thought is was 2004.

12 years ago

In the Netherlands we don't even have supersize. There is just small medium and large. And I even think that our large is like the American medium.

You know what is funny at preschool in the Netherlands candy is forbidden so well as soda's. And we can't buy fries and pizza etc. at high school as well.

Remco
12 years ago

Genius documentary about how the big companies get us!

L.Walker
12 years ago

@ springfieldcolors

in the end it's both the corp. and the gov't responsibility to monitor the quality of food - for the same reason you can't sell e-coli burgers - people get sick. fast food shouldn't be as nasty as it is, it should be edible within reason without the risks of obesity and heart disease.

that said i also think people shouldn't eat it and have better access to good food.

12 years ago

It is really frightening when Morgan Spurlock is getting serioulsy ill, I quit eating fastfood (most of the times).

Shawn L.
12 years ago

We need to tax sugar and invest the money collected into healthy food education programs, farmer's markets, rebates on fruits and vegetables, etc.

C.K.
12 years ago

tiny,

They may influence kids, but kids aren't driving to the restaurants and paying for the meals, the parents are. We should BLAME THE PARENTS for 1)Not teaching their kids proper nutrition and exercise, and 2) Refusing to tell their kids NO.

tiny
12 years ago

Karenep
Neither, McDonalds nor any other fast food restaurants are forcing consumers to buy their food.
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While not forcing kids they influence kids in a major way into believing something false. Since kids cannot be asked to make healthy decisions which can effect the rest of their lives while being overwheight or diabetic. Kids could be protected from this, but that's not solving the problem. The aggresive mcdonalds marketing machine is to blame. Commercials which are glorifying candy etc. are partaking in the same idea.

Gil
13 years ago

Apr 2010 This doco has been around a while now and its the first time i've seen it. Wish I'd seen it earlier! Very informative, eye opening and a touch scary.
I had a friend a little older than me have a heart attack aged 47. He survived and they told him if he hadnt been playing football (thats soccer to you Yanks) until 5 years previously he probably wouldn't have survived it. His fitness saved his life! This brings home what's really important on top of the food is some kind of exercise. It's a drag and there is no way around it. We HAVE to move our bodies around alot more than we currently do in our urban lifestyles. The human body just wasn't evolved to sit around watching tv or working at desks every day.

AO
13 years ago

A great documentary - truly innovative at the time. Morgan Spurlock is an engaging personality and the fact that he uses his own body in this experiment makes his point all the stronger.

13 years ago

good documentary. got the message loud and clear.

Still couldnt find answers to
who should take responsibility people who eat FF or Corp. or Govt.??

Karenep
13 years ago

This is a great documentary, very informative, which I enjoyed! I find it interesting that one can sue a company like McDonalds for "selling food that is not good for people", previously. That is ridiculous! Everyone should take personal responsibility for what they eat! Neither, McDonalds nor any other fast food restaurants are forcing consumers to buy their food. I think one should eat foods that suit one's lifestyle. The type of food served at McDonalds which are more high calorie type of foods are appropriate for people who do labour intensive jobs or have a lifestyle that needs that kind of high calorie foods. Of course one has to balance it with some vegetables and fruits and eat healthy portions according to one's size and not American portions. I have gone to an American restaurant called Billy Bombers and their serving for 1 person is equal to 2 persons, according to our standards. I generally can't finish my main meal (which I have to always give to my sister) and I don't order any soups, salads or desserts but only drink water. By the way, I am 5'9 so I am not a small size person. I think Americans should reduce the portions of their meals as it is just too large! Thus, the adverse results of eating at McDonalds for 3 meals for a month came as no surprise to me. Though, even if at all, I eat a McDonalds meal, it is because my sister buys from there which is about once a month. I have decided to not eat at fast foods from now on because I don't have the kind of profession or lifestyle that justifies eating such foods. I was a bit concern about what I have seen in this documentary and have concluded that fast food is not a healthy choice for me even if it is eaten for only once a month. I thank God I am thin but I don't want to feed my body with such foods in the future.

DancingSpiderman
13 years ago

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15 years ago

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blahblahblah
15 years ago

i wanna see this movie, what year was this movie showed? cause i never heard about it, just on youtube, how stupid i was? ilove mcdonald's but i dont eat there often... like 1-2 times a month? is that often or what? but, whenever we eat there...i would eat so much. HAHA. guess its the reason im 116lbs. HAHA.