Monday, March 14, 2005

Can't wait for the porn parody title...



I'd heard that if you've read Fast Food Nation then there's really no reason to see this film. While I didn't learn anything new from SuperSize Me, I still disagree; the physical toll of Morgan Spurlock's diet comes across rather powerfully in a visual medium. Reading about cholesterol and liver problems and cancers is less likely to change behavior than watching a rather athletic and vigorous guy turn into a tub 'o lard nearing liver failure in a single month. Seeing him--in the name of science--force himself to eat an upsized Quarter Pounder with Cheese meal, and the resulting technicolor yawn--mmmm, better than Fear Factor. SuperSize Me is not a great film, but it's well-done (imagine Michael Moore's Roger and Me formula created with today's production tools--very slick) and Spurlock is appealing enough to keep us interested and concerned. Seeing the genuine shock on his GP's face when those liver test results come back is in itself worth the price of admission! I found watching this as difficult as Leaving Las Vegas; at times I felt an acute physical revulsion.

McD's and the other "fast food" joints are certainly rude bastards as far as corporations go, but what about those other big chains (Applebee's, Ruby Tuesdays, TGIFridays, ChiChi's, etc.) that also upsize their portions and use the same processed schlock? I bet America's growing middles owe as much to these not-quite-fast-food pre-packaged gloop factories as they do to Taco Bell and Wendy's, and neither Schlosser nor Spurlock mentions them.

The DVD features interesting extras, including deleted scenes, an interview with Schlosser, and an experiment featuring McD's fries that must be seen to be believed. I recommend it.

Disclaimer: I'm responsible for two or three zeroes on the 1,000,000,000,000,000 people served sign. I met my wife working at McD's!

7 comments:

Nick said...

Those links! I'm blind!!

The rambler strikes--You're on the right track! McDonalds, Burger King etc. are only the breakfast and lunch portions. What really puts it on are those places you mention (Applebees=Satan) and the buffet/super bar places like Golden Corral. Another culprit is the Clubs--BJ's, Sam's--selling huge ass tubs of mayonaise and beef patties so that they can eat like that in the privacy of their own homes. I love the fast food of old but this horseshit of the past 15 years is nasty. One should be able to tell the difference between Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts; therein lies the crime. Maybe I'll check this film out--I really enjoyed FFNation.

McDonalds free for 3 years.

Alert at Bon Jour's HA + beignet's to die for!!!

Nick said...

Super Size Pee

geoff said...

For a while there Amazon.com was totally down, as were all their links. Wonder how much money they lose if they go offline for an hour?

I still think of that one dude in FFNation who got injured on the job and then fired and had no benefits and can't hardly walk let alone work somewhere else. Fucked up.

I hadn't eaten fast food for probably five years or more before Manilla; we had a lunch at BK one day--no other options on the long highway. I don't miss it at all (though during my brief fall off the veggie wagon I did go to Chic-fil-a once).

SuperSize Glee

SuperSize Queen

SlurpaSize Teen

geoff said...

Oh, and McD's has 30k plus joints now? Holy fuck! When I quit in '94 there were "only" 6k.

Mommie Dearest has Sam's Club troubles--she's triple the gal she used to be since they opened in York, PA.

Nick said...

Yes, my parents also have been affected but the move down south has

{time out}

sorry, but I just renewed a book the second time for an attractive female patron entitled:

Becoming orgasmic : a sexual and personal growth program for women / Julia R. Heiman, Joseph LoPiccolo ; drawings by David Palladini.

Damn, I sure hope she succeeds! That reminds me of the very first customer that Bashi rang up while I'll was training him: a girl buying what must have been every single anal sex health tome in Boreders 043. We held it in admirably! After she left our immature guffaws rolled out...

{time in}

seemed to help. The food seems much less crappy down there. Even while eating at a Popeye's last Nov. both T and I noticed the difference from the bland Popeye's up north. Chick fil a is not too bad for a chain--this illustrates the difference between bad and good fast food. They're closed on Sundays too, and while part of this is their Mormon lineage the fact that their workers can get at least one day off a week is awesome. Couldn't eat it every day, shouldn't. (By the way T says chicken is the worst for cholesterol--lean red meat and even pork is better...) But I do like Krispy Kreme and El Salto--places that do fast delicious cheap food right! And there's a barbecue place in Houston airport that rocked too//// One day I would like to open a noodle cart man I'm hungry now!

Nick said...

Yes, my parents also have been affected but the move down south has

{time out}

sorry, but I just renewed a book the second time for an attractive female patron entitled:

Becoming orgasmic : a sexual and personal growth program for women / Julia R. Heiman, Joseph LoPiccolo ; drawings by David Palladini.

Damn, I sure hope she succeeds! That reminds me of the very first customer that Bashi rang up while I'll was training him: a girl buying what must have been every single anal sex health tome in Boreders 043. We held it in admirably! After she left our immature guffaws rolled out...

{time in}

seemed to help. The food seems much less crappy down there. Even while eating at a Popeye's last Nov. both T and I noticed the difference from the bland Popeye's up north. Chick fil a is not too bad for a chain--this illustrates the difference between bad and good fast food. They're closed on Sundays too, and while part of this is their Mormon lineage the fact that their workers can get at least one day off a week is awesome. Couldn't eat it every day, shouldn't. (By the way T says chicken is the worst for cholesterol--lean red meat and even pork is better...) But I do like Krispy Kreme and El Salto--places that do fast delicious cheap food right! And there's a barbecue place in Houston airport that rocked too//// One day I would like to open a noodle cart man I'm hungry now!

Nick said...

Uh, OK

sorry 'bout the double post.

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