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Super Size Me 2004 [May. 12th, 2004|02:30 am]
I find difficulty with harsh critique of this film, as I did like it.

Yes, people should go to this film and enjoy it. Super Size Me is rather entertaining.

In fact, I haven't laughed quite as hard as I did during the scene where Morgan gets the "McSweats."

Morgan Spurlock tips the scales.

I do have some notes.

This is in the style of the "shock-u-mentary," aka a Michael Moore film. It is not quite Michael Moore, however.

Eating Mickey D meals for one month is a stroke of some genius, but this was meant to entertain before it was meant to send a message.

Michael Moore feels as passionate about his works as Spurlock does with this film. With Moore, there's less entertainment, more thought for his focus.

While Super Size Me is fairly entertaining, it isn't extremely thought-provoking.

As humorous as Morgan is, his love, Alex, isn't. I can't really remember if that's her name, but his vegan love came off as rather annoying, which slowed down the comedic roll. I'm sure she's a lovely person, but her parts weren't necessary.

The artwork that accompanies much of the film, that is rather amazing to behold. Bizarre renditions of Ronald . . . excellent work by that artist, very well done.

I have one rather cautionary tale . . .

The stomach procedure detailed in painful surgery scenes isn't the best solution to highlight. I felt this more careless of Spurlock, as he threw data with regard to success of this procedure.

A stomach-reduction procedure does not always stop the person from continued poor eating habits. Eating the same amount of food under such drastically-reduced stomach sizes can lead to hospitalization and death.

My aunt couldn't control her eating habits. While she did lose a drastic amount of weight, she had some near-death situations from cramming too much food. It didn't save her life. She had problems with substance abuse, and the stomach-reduction complications were a symptom of her general inability to control herself. She not only ate too much for her stomach, but she'd also practice a concoction of booze with medication that required her not to consume alcohol. The reduction itself did not kill her, but her success with weight loss came with the burden of having an increased responsibility over her food intake.

Enjoy Spurlock's crafty work for its entertainment. It reminds me very much of Moore's early blockbuster work, Roger & Me. Moore gave us a tour of desolate Flint, Michigan. While doing this, he tried to track down then-CEO of General Motors, Roger Smith. Smith's general lack of sympathy was well-defined by Moore. Yet, like Spurlock's film, we already knew that Smith wouldn't give a damn. Substitute McDonald's for the former GM CEO, and you have a similar and very promising career for Spurlock.

Super Size Me gives us everything we expected from Spurlock's Mickey D binge. I had my share of McChuckles, and I drove home in my McCar to my McApartment to give my McCents in my McJournal.

[User Picture]From: kerrykate
2004-05-12 02:48 am (UTC)
where is it playing?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-12 09:17 am (UTC)
In Los Angeles, for sure. I checked back home in Michigan times online, they didn't have it yet.

I noticed it's all over the place in LA. I went to the Pacific Grove to go see it.
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From: puppytron
2004-05-13 05:44 am (UTC)
the first time i was ever in Flint was two years ago. I was a finalist for Who Wants to Be A Millionaire (that's another story)

but when i got back, i told everyone "wow. Flint is like what Grand Rapids would look like after World War III". It has the look like it used to be a nice looking town, but the years of disrepair and apathy , all the buildings' facades are crumbling. it was truley loathesome.

but he point i was making was after i told people this, almost every one of them asked "havent you ever seen Roger & Me"?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-13 09:46 am (UTC)

Michael Moore makes us think.

Spurlock's Super Size Me, well, only did a good job at making me laugh.
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[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2004-05-12 06:31 am (UTC)
So you went and saw it. Cool!

I found out I think where you came up with "meat sweats".

In the Friends recap...Joey says he's getting the meat sweats. I recalled our conversation from times past with a smile.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-12 09:27 am (UTC)
I really liked the notion that people ate the food because it tasted so good.

Most of the time, the shit they serve in fast food joints does taste wonderful. Obviously, if much of it is processed, with plenty of sugar in the mix, then it'll be pretty yummy because we love sugar.

Plus, it's not the same, having a McTofu Burger doesn't really satisfy the cravings of 400-lb. folks, not like 3 Double Quarter Pounders with Cheese, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles, Onions, on a Sesame Seed Bun (with 15 mixed-in spoonfuls of sugar . . . helps the "medicine" go down).

There was a cameo by Jared from McSubway. There was a scene afterward with a girl who met and talked to Jared. Her grandpa had to be buried in a piano box a long time ago in the family history, so they were genetically prone.

She kept talking about how it's not as easy as Jared says it is to lose the weight.

She's right, but half-right. Going out to eat all the time gets you the same shit quality food everywhere, probably even at posh restaurants for over 20 bucks a plate. That she mentioned she kept going out to eat made me chuckle.
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[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2004-05-12 10:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, you're probably right.
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[User Picture]From: sm0t
2004-05-12 07:11 am (UTC)
Never heard of it. I wonder if it will ever play over here.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-12 09:20 am (UTC)
This is pretty much a recent film.

Like all films that focus on a company, this one drew hubub over the depiction of Ray Kroc's beloved corporation.

Yet, I still have no sympathy for folks who didn't know the food was poor quality. Not knowing is pretty much a testament to a foot in the ass becase in the States, the Nutrition Information has been widespread for almost 20 years, probably longer.
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[User Picture]From: _crack_my_ribs
2004-05-12 06:39 pm (UTC)
i had heard of the film a while back from a cousin of mine who lives in chicago. i would love to see it, but no one here in the little mexico i live in would play it. i will have to wait until TV.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-12 06:51 pm (UTC)
You're right . . . it's not back home in Michigan either . . . this is probably one that you'll see in the Blockbuster or equivalent store at some point, or maybe a Netflix-able film.

It's worth a rent when it hits the DVD/VHS, but I wouldn't buy it.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-05-13 01:02 pm (UTC)
We shall eat this slice of Americana with great umbrage and gratitude!
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