What would happen if you ate nothing but fast food for an entire month? Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just that and embarks on the most perilous journey of his life in Super Size Me.
For 30 days he can’t eat or drink anything that isn’t on McDonald’s menu; he must wolf three squares a day; he must consume everything on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked. Spurlock treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and an equal number of regular folk while chowing down at the Golden Arches.
Spurlock’s grueling drive-through diet spirals him into a physical and emotional metamorphosis that will make you think twice about picking up another Big Mac.
About the Filmmakers
Super Size Me was produced by Virgil Films and Entertainment and directed by Morgan Spurlock. Find out more about the film at morganspurlock.com.
“This is the documentary that caused a sensation at Sundance 2004 and allegedly inspired McDonald’s to discontinue its “supersize” promotions as a preemptive measure. In it, Spurlock vows to eat three meals a day at McDonald’s for one month. He is examined by three doctors at the beginning of the month and found to be in good health. They check him again regularly during the filming, as his weight balloons 30 pounds, his blood pressure skyrockets, his cholesterol goes up 65 points, he has symptoms of a toxic shock to his liver, his skin begins to look unhealthy, his energy drops, he has chest pains, and his girlfriend complains about their sex life. At one point his doctors advise him to abandon McDonald’s before he does permanent damage. The doctors say they have seen similar side-effects from binge drinkers, but never dreamed you could get that way just by eating fast food.” – Roger Ebert. Super Size Me Movie Review. 7 May 2004
“The arguments in ”Super Size Me” will be familiar to readers of Eric Schlosser’s best-selling ”Fast Food Nation,” and like that book, Mr. Spurlock’s film is as much about corporate power as it is about health. His conclusion is that it’s us or them, that we should kill McDonald’s before McDonald’s kills us. This may be a little melodramatic, but it should nonetheless give you pause.” – A.O. Scott. New York Times. Film Review: When All Those Big Macs Bite Back. 7 May 2004
“Spurlock’s experiment isn’t rigorous nutritional or sociological science, but it’s a revealing motif for what is happening.” – Peter Bradshaw. The Guardian. Super Size Me. 10 Sept 2004
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