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Super Size Me
Short plot summary

What happens when a healthy 32 year old (Morgan Spurlock) eats nothing but McDonald's for a whole month? Surely he won't put on any weight. His cholesterol won't change a jot... Huh kids?

Movie rules
#1 Can only Super Size when asked
#2 Can only eat at McDonald's
#3 Must have everything on the menu at least once
#4 Three square meals a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Why pick on McDonald's, and not do a general fast food attack?
#1 In New York City McDonald's is the biggest fast food chain by far (twice the size of Burger King its nearest rival.)
#2 McDonald's, in particular amongst fast food giants, offers playgrounds for kiddies, getting them hooked at a very early age.
#3 The inspiration of the film was apparently a lawsuit brought against McDonald's by two customers who blamed their weight gain on the company.
Please tell me the ending or plot overview if necessary

Morgan Spurlock is advised to stop his experiment when it looks like his liver is in meltdown. But he sees it through...

By the end of the 30 day experiment he has gained weight: starting at 185 lbs (a healthy weight for a 6 ft 2 man), ending at 215lbs. His cholesterol goes through the roof.

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

This movie is for everyone who loves McDonald's and fast food in general who wondered what it would be like to live off their favourite food for every meal of every day and take no exercise at all. It's predictably not pleasant. But watching a person suffer is sooooo good to watch!

Our host, Morgan Spurlock, is a superb guinea pig, the loveable classroom comic type, acting out an 8 year old's dream of eating only fast food... It's a fantastic idea and the fact that McDonald's stopped super sizing 6 weeks after this movie premiered is another example of the power of the documentary form.

Quotable quotes (real)

"Super size me."

"Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Gall Blader Disease, Osteroarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial Cancer, Prostrate Cancer, Colon Cancer, Dyslipidemia, Steatophepatitis, Insulin Resistance, Asthma, Hyperuricemia, Reproductive Hormone Abnormalities, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Impared Fertility and Adult Onset Diabetes."

Date of review

9 May 2005

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