Genre Guesstimation – Super Size Me (2004)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In and it is Documentary Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to docuquiggy@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Documentary Films.

“[while consuming a double quarter-pounder supersize meal] See, now’s the time of the meal when you start getting the McStomach ache. You start getting the McTummy. You get the McGurgles in there. You get the McBrick, then you get the McStomach ache. Right now I’ve got some McGas that’s rockin’. My arms… I feel like I’ve got some McSweats goin’. My arms got the McTwitches going in here from all the sugar that’s going in my body right now. I’m feeling a little McCrazy. ” – Morgan Spurlock

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary about the dangers of fast food to one’s health as a filmmakers takes a challenge of only eating food from McDonald’s for 30 days.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I heard about years ago and never really had much of an inclination to see what it was all about.

WE all know that another name for fast food is junk food and this film gives us an interesting premise and is able to exceed the original expectations of the original thesis.

The choice to go on a 30 day McDonald’s diet is absolutely absurd and it definitely takes things to an extreme because everything in life needs some kind of level of moderation.

THis film does a great job chronicling the thesis and this allows us to sympathize even more with the way things are being presented to us along the way.

The way we get to see the gradual changes to his lifestyle along the way is actually quite compelling and scary at the same time.

This choice of a diet like this is not something that most people should choose to do because it’s clear that anyone doing these kind of things outside of the bounds of moderation is just crazy.

After seeing this, I must admit that I’m glad that I don’t usually eat fast food and if I do, it’s definitely within the bounds of moderation because 3 square meals a day of fast food is absolutely way too much especially given the results that this film allows us to see.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing premise that actually exceeds what it expects to.  We all know that fast food is also called junk food and that in and of itself would constitute a reason to keep things in moderation. The way that this film chronicles the thesis works quite well and we get to sympathize whole heartedly with the idea since we see the gradual changes that are discovered over the course of the film.  The idea is not something that would be a good idea for just about anyone to do, but anything done outside of the bounds of moderation can also be harmful.  Ultimately, I’m glad that I like McDonald’s and other fast food joints in moderation because 3 squares a day is way too much especially when being able to view the results of such a study. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Morgan Spurlock got the idea for the documentary when he was lying on his couch at his family’s house shortly after Thanksgiving dinner, watching TV when he saw the news about two teenage girls suing McDonald’s for making them obese. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close but still something is missing that would make this film amazing.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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