Food, Inc.

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Important but disturbing docu about food biz.

PG 2009 94 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 21 reviews

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age 13+

Good, but needs to be addressed properly to children.

First off, I’d like to say that first I saw this film in my 8th grade year of English class during our Unit on the reading of “ The Omnivore’s Dilemma “ by Michael Pollan. While the film itself was brilliantly made— much like the book— I found it absolutely terrifying and traumatic. The imagery alone made me sick to my stomach and dare I admit, furious about my country and it’s capitalistic moralities. It also didn’t help that I was severely emetophobic and associated the concept of vomiting with a death sentence. For this reason, I developed my first diagnostic Anxiety disorder and began experiencing panic attacks. After years of being on ADHD meds had already made weight gain a struggle for me, it began to worsen with a newfound fear concerning the origins of the food I had on my plate— to a point where my parents had to force me to eat. I can remember years of road trips where I had to be dragged inside a McDonald’s by my hungry folks— often in tears and always against my will. I knew now what was lurking in those Happy Meal boxes… and it was outrageous and inhuman. To this day as a 20 year-old I still refuse to watch it. I still get into arguments with my father at the supermarket when he refuses to purchase pasture-raised organic beef… and I have years of traumatizing panic attacks behind me that hindered my independence severely into adulthood. I look back on that 8th grade experience and encounter with this film in disdain for the hectic experiences it has caused me— much like a victim of PTSD having flashbacks. It was a necessary awakening to the awful people in this world who seek money over health and wellbeing of others— but one that was presented perhaps too soon. Against my will and understanding of where it would take me. In short? Feel free to show it to your children. Let them know the truth behind their “happy” meals and “delicious” pastries… but do so knowing very well what consequences it may cause for your parenting as it did with mine.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

good but sad at some parts

Your kid will never eat anything again. The killing of animals is very sad thought

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

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