Parents' Guide to

Fast Food Nation

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bloody exposé; not for kids. Want fries with that?

Movie R 2006 106 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

definitely not a movie I would recommend

Although educational, I would not recommed this movie to anyone. The sexual content is unnecessary and disgusting. Anyone with even a smidgen of moral sense would not allow their children (or themselves) to view this. Had to fast forward sex scenes and did not watch entire movie because I was appalled. Sick, sick, sick...And don't get me started about the profanity! Another reason it swiftly got deleted from the DVR.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

A Very Gritty Food Documental Film.

Fast Food Nation is a movie that portrays the dramatic independancies between workers and employees at fast food themed industries and restaurants, and the stress involved in the business of making and trying to sell the "Big One", a burger. In several parts of the movie, it shows actual yet very graphic and grisly scenes of cattle being shot, skinned, dismembered, and having their organs taken out by workers in a slaughter house. There's alot of strong profanity in this film, nearly every sentence has the f-word in it. There are three sex scenes in which the slaughter house manager has sex with female employees to make him give them a job, and the aftermath of him and another female smoking drugs.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Unabashedly didactic, the movie creates a fictional narrative from the facts presented in Eric Schlosser's 2001 exposé of McDonald's corrupt practices, also called Fast Food Nation. (A kids' version of the book was published under the title Chew On This.) As it does so, it adopts seemingly meandering structure, much like other films directed by the ever-inventive Richard Linklater. Such a structure makes sense here, as it underlines the connections between the different sorts of people affected by Mickey's corner-cutting policies.

Fast Food Nation doesn't end well, but it does end powerfully. As Sylvia at last gives in and takes a job on the killing floor, she sees for the first time -- and the camera shows explicitly -- what she's been hearing about since she arrived in the U.S. It's a gruesome, unforgettable sight, and she, standing in for the rest of us, is suitably horrified.

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