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 Super Size Me
 Critic's Rating
   [B+]
 Date Posted
   7th December, 2004
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Cast: Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, M.D.
Director: Morgan Spurlock

To get a feel of what documentarian Morgan Spurlock probably had to endure while filming himself on a diet of nothing but meals from McDonald's, I ordered myself a combo of fries, coke and a burger before the screening. Rest assured, by the end of the documentary, I was regretting my decision based on the effectiveness of what I had just viewed. It's a testament to Spurlock's abilities as a first time filmmaker that he enthuses his work with equal amounts of funny, entertaining and informative moments, never preaching or pontificating along the way.

His objective is simple; a direct attack at America's perverse obesity problem and the various causes behind it. These range from the majority of the vast populations reliance on fast foods, their passion for eating out as well as easily being swayed by effective branding and advertising of the fast food giants. Spurlock's thirty-day anti-fast is amusingly bounded by some simple rules that he sets for himself in the interest of fairness. This includes having three square meals a day, only ordering what is on the menu and upsizing his meal only when asked to do so. An expert dietician and no less than three doctors monitor all of this.

There are times during the course of his endeavor when he comes dangerously close to risking his health permanently and its at these moments that you can feel that his reasons for pursuing this subject are probably as true as they appear to be. Comparisons to Michael Moore would not be considered unfounded; his attack subject is popular, his methods pleasant to watch. What he refrains from doing is manipulating his facts and subjects using the Machiavellian technique of editing his content in a manner that Moore is known to have done numerous times. It's easy to question the points of reference used by Spurlock to make his point, especially considering that no one in their right mind would consciously eat fast food thrice a day, or walk as less as possible to put on those pounds, but he is equally aware of these little facets and points them out eventually. Thus the various deliberate setups that tip the scale in favor of his argument seem more acceptable.

Since its release early this year 'Super size me' has already gotten people around the globe more conscious and aware of what they put into their mouths each time they place an order to super size their meal. All I kept thinking about after the movie was how I could have saved myself some money had I seen this before my eating binge and not super sized. - Faizan Rashid

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