Fast Food NationNovember 17, 2006
An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 6.3/10 (15,009 voted)
Critic's Score: 64/100
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Don Anderson is the Mickey's food restaurant chain's Marketing Director. He is the inventor of the "Big One" the hamburger best seller of Mickey's. An independent research reports the presence of cow's feces in the Big One. So Don is sent to Cody, Colorado, to verify if the slaughterhouse, main supplier of Mickey's, is efficient as it appears and the production process is regular. During his investigations he discovers the horrible truth behind a simple hamburger; the reality is not like we think it is. Don discovers what the mass production system involves, from the temp workers like Amber, to the exploitation of Mexican irregular immigrants. It is not only the meat that is crushed in the mincing machine, but all our society.
Writers: Eric Schlosser, Richard Linklater
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Ana Claudia Talancón
Juan Carlos Serrán
(as Juan Carlos Serran)
(as Armando Hernandez)
Michael D. Conway
(as Michael Conway)
(as Ellar Salmon)
(as Luis Guzman)
Are we what we eat?
Release Date: 17 November 2006
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA
Opening Weekend: $410,804
(19 November 2006)
(28 January 2007)
(Cannes Film Festival)
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
Greg Kinnear's character is credited as "Don Anderson", however, he clearly introduced himself as "Don Henderson" to the cashier after ordering at Mickey's.
Well I can't think of anything right now more patriotic than violating the Patriot Act!
A healthy dose of much needed reality
This movie is a fast food chain's worst nightmare. The trans fats,
chemicals and artificial flavors these corporations pump into their
so-called "food" has been slowly killing a generation of children for
long enough, and finally someone's come out with a film revealing the
inner workings of this dishonest and dangerous industry. The imagery is
compelling, with a convincing and talented cast. This is the payback
fast food corporations have needed for a long time coming. Hopefully
many will see this movie and walk away better educated in order to live
a longer, happier, and most importantly, healthier life. Watch out for
fast food industry propagandists posing as film critics in order to
discredit this film, their future and income very well depends on the
ignorance of the general population. (Cigarette corporations anyone?)