Super Size Me
A film of epic proportions.
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Starring: Morgan Spurlock
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
To expose the unhealthiness inherent in the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock sets out to eat only at McDonald's every day for a month and document its effects.
Sure, everyone knows that eating at McDonald's and other fast food outlets is unhealthy. But Morgan Spurlock's documentary does more than simply restate the obvious. It shows the vivid and immediate impact of adopting a lifestyle shared by millions of Americans who don't walk or exercise, and who subsist almost entirely on diets of fatty and sugary foods. With the help of medical professionals, he demonstrates the immediate physical effects, but also peppers the documentary with related facts to illustrate how similar his diet and activities were to so many Americans.
Spurlock's previous claims to fame consisted of hosting the brief television series "Fusion TV" and "I Bet You Will." With "Super Size Me," he demonstrates a wit and intelligence that should serve him well with future documentaries, should he choose, or other entertainment outlets.
Nothing will beat "Fahrenheit 9/11" this year at the Cosmos. But Michael Moore has decided not to pursue a Best Documentary Oscar this year, focusing instead on the Best Picture race, and that could open the door for "Super Size Me" to receive series consideration come Oscar season.
My Rating: 7
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