35. Supersize Me (2004)

Fat with a sense of fun

8/10
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Written by: Morgan Spurlock
Starring: Morgan Spurlock

After only watching clips of Supersize Mein Physical Education classes in high school, I finally decided to watch the fat-filled McDiet documentary that rocked Sundance and later cinemas with its bite into America’s obesity epidemic and addiction to fast food, big portions and minimal exercise. Suffice to say, watching it from beginning to end was like sitting down to a proper meal instead of just scabbing small bites off other people. Oh, and my reference to food and eating will probably continue as this review goes on…

Super.

Morgan Spurlock takes on McDonalds as a regular, healthy and meat-loving American who just wants to know what will happen to his body if he eats everything on the McDonalds menu, three meals a day, for 30 days. While this intriguing experiment should be enough to appetize the interest of movie-goers, Supersize Me fills up on a lot more than just humorous and somewhat disgusting antics of shovelling fries and feeling exhaustedly fat afterwards. With information, interviews and even a legal perspective on whether we can sue the bastards for serving us Big Macs, Supersize Me takes the personal experience of Morgan’s and turns it into a national reflection on the quality of our diet and the importance of self-regulating what we put in our mouths.

The documentary, however, isn’t just a serious health message that we’ve heard time and time again. It’s a quest for a solution and a way of educating those who take heavy meals too lightly with a sense of fun and shock value that comes in the form of a shake. It would have been even better if Morgan had had the opportunity to interview someone from McDonalds, but without much perspective or words from the evil McFatty-makers, the documentary did feel a little heavier in a one-sided argument. But nevertheless, it was tasty, disgusting and all-round fun.

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