Morgan Spurlock as Himself
Ronald MacDonald as Himself
Dr. Darryl Isaacs, M.D. Internal Medicine
Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, D.O. as his Gastroentomologist & Hepatologist
Dr. Stephen Siegel, M.D. as his Cardiologist
Bridget Bennett, MS, RD as his Nutritionist
Eric Rowley as his Exercise Physiologist
Alexandra Jamieson as his Vegan Chef Girlfriend
Dr. David Sather as Former U.S. Surgeon General
John Banzhaf, III as Professor of Law, George Washington University
John Robbins as Author, “Diet of a New America”
Don Gorske as Big Mac Enthusiast
As interesting and informative that data is, it’s not nearly as powerful as watching Spurlock’s own struggle to meet the challenge he has put on himself. The rules are fairly simple: he can only eat food offered over the counter at McDonald’s, he must eat three meals a day, and if they ask him to “super size” it, he must accept. At first, he seems to enjoy the chance to gorge on fast food, but Spurlock’s demeanor changes along with his physique over the course of the movie. In a matter of weeks, he has gained over twenty pounds, his cholesterol has skyrocketed, and he has put himself in danger of liver failure. The addictive nature of the food causes him severe depression, causing his girlfriend-a Vegan chef, no less!-to worry about the permanent damage he is doing to his body and health with the experiment. As the doctors warn him to stop his crusade, you wish that you can reach into the movie and shake him out of his insistence on finishing his crusade.
Although the topic is fairly serious, the movie is amusing due to Spurlock’s good-natured sense of humor, keeping things light despite what his body is being put through. The animations and graphics used to depict Spurlock’s data are as entertainig as they are informative, right down to the kitschy clown paintings Spurlock uses to introduce each segment of the film. Spurlock’s sense of humor even carries over to his choice of music, opening the movie with Queen’s “Fat Bottom Girls” and introducing the section on the addictive qualities of fast food with Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman.” Showing an actual gastric bypass operation to the tune of the “Blue Danube Waltz”, while a bit gross to watch, borders on pure genius.
Sadly, the data Spurlock gathered doesn’t help with the original lawsuit. It’s also a shame that he was never was able to reach a spokesman for McDonalds, as that would have been the perfect capper for the movie. Of course, he also doesn’t resort to any of the guerilla tactics used by Michael Moore to get into so many doors.
The Bottom Line:
Super Size Me opens in twenty-fives cities nationwide on Friday, and then opens throughout the country in May. Check the ‘More Info’ above for the Official Web Site to find when it’s playing near you.