Super Size Me

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Fascinating, award-winning docu on American fast food.

PG-13 2004 98 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 57 reviews

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age 18+

Never seen anything as gross as Supersize Me

I watched this in my Health class, and was absolutely disgusted my two parts of it. The day 2 section, when Morgan vomits, would have been fine if the camera had not zoomed in on the puddle. The other part that was unfit for anyone under the age of 18 was the stomach surgery, where the camera zooms in and shows the surgery being performed. My father works as a trauma nurse and after asking him to see the most graphic thing in his photo album, it did not even come close to this. This movie is disgusting, horrid, and should never be watched.

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Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

A Fun Educational Film!

Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock in 2004 is a documentary about one man’s (the director’s) experiment to understand the impact of fast food diet on obesity. The film shocked me most with how fast Morgan’s health deteriorated through eating 3 McDonald’s meals every day for 30 days. Everyone, including Morgan’s three doctors, were stunned at how swift his health declined. After mere five days of consuming only McDonald’s meals, Morgan’s liver was inflamed, and he gained 10 pounds in one week, and several of his blood test markers were off. The funniest scene is on Day 3 when Morgan developed McStomache, McSweat, and McTwitches after one supersized McDonald’s meal. Beyond the director’s personal journey, the film also shows us how big corporation lobbyists influenced elected officials and how big food hooked the public by bewitching young children with unhealthy happy meals adorned with charming toys. According to Wikipedia, McDonald’s discontinued its SuperSize portions six weeks after the film’s debut. I would give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 7, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: 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
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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