Super Size Me

  • Review Date: September 27, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Fascinating documentary on American fast food.
  • Review Date: September 27, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Extremely graphic scenes of an operation.

Sex

Sexual references.

Language

Some very strong language.

Consumerism

McDonald's is mentioned, but not portrayed positively.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some sexual references (Spurlock's sex life is adversely affected by his diet) and some very graphic images of a stomach-stapling operation. There's some strong language, too.

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What's the story?

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock takes on American fast food culture in general and McDonald's in particular in this prize-winning documentary. He eats nothing but McDonald's food for an entire month, and says "yes" whenever he is asked if he wants to supersize his order. To the horror of his vegan chef girlfriend and the three doctors who monitor his 25-pound weight gain and severe liver damage, he eats "meat, meat, sugar and fat" for a month. At first, his body rejects the supersized food and he throws up. But by the end of the month he craves McDonald's food and feels happier and calmer when he has eaten some. He also talks to experts, including a surprisingly svelte man who eats his 19,00th Big Mac on camera, the lobbyist for the food companies, and a law professor who is suing McDonald's on behalf of two obese teenagers. Spurlock visits schools that feed students the same kind of "cheap, fat-laden" meals served by fast food outlets -- provided by the USDA's school lunch program. He also finds one school for kids with behavior problems in Wisconsin that is experimenting with a healthy, additive-free menu with successful results and no extra costs.

Is it any good?

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Mordantly funny and trenchantly sobering, SUPERSIZE ME is a Big Mac attack with real bite. Spurlock strikes just the right note, frank about irresponsibility at the personal and corporate level but more bemused than outraged. America has the biggest everything, including the biggest people. We have alternatives, but we choose what is easy.

We spend much more on food that is bad for us -- and then on diet books -- and then on treatment and lawsuits -- than we do on exercise and other ways to prevent disease. The "small" size soda in the US has the same volume as the "large" sold in other countries. Yes, companies sell us food that is not good for us -- Spurlock's doctor says that his liver has gone from perfectly healthy to "pate" -- but we are the ones who want to supersize everything, even ourselves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they eat and why people do things that are bad for them. Who is responsible for America's obesity crisis? What should we do about it? How will seeing this movie change your behavior? If you were Spurlock, what movie would you make next?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 7, 2004
DVD release date:September 28, 2004
Cast:Morgan Spurlock
Director:Morgan Spurlock
Studio:IDP Distribution
Genre:Documentary
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, sex and drug references, and a graphic medical procedure

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Written byAnonymous January 30, 2013
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9
QUALITY
 

Good for 9 Year Olds just watch it with your Parents.

This movie is fine for 9 Year Olds just watch it with your Parents. I'm an Adult so you can see this. I was 16 or 17 Year when I saw this Movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old June 16, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

Tasty-Except For the Brief Cussing

This is an awesome movie, and it's all about eating healthy. It's also pretty funny, too. Mr. Spurlock's experiment clearly explains to viewers what fast food does to you on screen. Unfortunately, he says "sh*t" and "b*stard" at least once. If you can get past that, then you are ready for this nutrition lesson.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byAnnoyedteenguy May 14, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 
Well, We watched this in biology. Our teacher would tell us "Earmuffs" when a swear was about to be uttered but none of us did it. I was laughing the whole time. This did show the negative effects of a mickey ds addiction and diet. Nothing a 12 year old cant handle. It is very educational.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byThorndrop October 29, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Great messages

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