aelst’s review

The guy in this movie went on a diet of McDonalds for 30 days. I’m not sure what the point of that was, but watching people harm themselves is also amusing. It explores western culture’s addiction to fast food, suing, and capitalism. In Australia, I don’t see that many fat people so I wouldn’t worry too much. They only problem I can see is an increased burden on public health care.

The movie draws an interesting parallel to fast food and smoking, but I think this is unfounded and some people are truly, inherently fatter with all things being equal. I didn’t see any fat people in the cinema when we watched this, I guess if you were a fat person you’d feel even more self conscious than ever before.

Why do some people not know how to eat properly… This movie makes Americans look even stupider than I already thought.

4 out of 5 stars.

ratbag’s review

Our eating habits are often learned from home, and from school. Morgan Spurlock shows us that American kids are doomed to a diet of highly processed, sugar and fat loaded “food” as they are weaned into that diet at school. Families are enticed to bring their children to McDonalds with their playgrounds, birthday parties, etc.

Morgan’s style of filming is not as provocative and confrontational as Michael Moore, and his personality is more acceptable, and more like the Average American. Nutritionists can rave on all they like about calories and cholesterol (of which the majority of Americans have trouble understanding what those words actually mean), but Morgan easily demonstrates to us what they are, using bags of sugar, tubs of oil, and his own body.

Unfortunately, there were no overweight people in the cinema when we watched this. This documentary needs to be viewed by all, and shown in health education classes in schools, so that it may reach the intended audience. Although I believe I have applied basic commonsense in choosing what I eat, “Super Size Me” made me a little more mindful of what I eat.