Super Size Me
Starring Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu,
Dr. Stephen Siegel, Bridget Bennett, Eric Rowley
|Reviewed by: Jim|
|Release date: May 7, 2004||Released by: Roadside/Goldwyn|
This addictive, fast-moving documentary by Morgan Spurlock deservedly won the Best Director prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Super Size Me effectively relates how a life of fast food can be very unhealthy and it’s topical when it comes to America’s growing problem with obesity.
Michael Moore would complement Spurlock’s film making methods that combines investigative work and a month dieting from McDonald’s where he must super size when asked, eating three meals a day, and having every item on the menu board at least once.
Spurlock’s research brings him to one son of Baskin-Robbins who lived a mostly sick childhood on ice-cream. The USDA- approved school lunches are hardly better than students picking their favorite item from a vending machine. Super Size Me leads him to Texas, where a half dozen cities rank in the top third of the fattest in the U.S.
This documentary is quite humorous and involving as the reality of Spurlock eating is rather alarming. Probably more than would care to admit spend too much time at the likes of McDonald’s, though maybe not consuming the quantities shown here. But, this West Virginia native with a girlfriend who had doctors examine him before and throughout probably didn’t see the kind of harmful effects of this type of diet. It inhibited his sex drive and made going up stairs a chore.
As in Moore’s provocative Bowling For Columbine, there’s more here than a tirade against fast-food with plenty of statistics here about the excessiveness of being overweight in our country. Moore got to K-Mart to help further his point and though McDonald’s declined answering Spurlock for his incisive documentary it appears that it has the corporation changing and not making super-sizing an option for its patrons anymore. Through Spurlock’s personal immersion in the story and his concern for the subject, it packs a sizable humanistic quality, maybe enough to have fast food lovers reconsider how often they should frequent their favorite establishment.
Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen Avg. Super Size Me B+ B+