Make Sure to Catch the Smart, Thought-Provoking, Insightful Film “Fast Food Nation”

Filed under: In The News — @ November 17, 2006

Planning on grabbing a quick bite this weekend at the nearest fast-food joint? Before you become one of four Americans who daily wolf down a burger, fries, soda or other quickie foods, go get entertained and educated first by catching the smart, provocative celebrity-filled flick “Fast Food Nation,” which hits selected theaters nationwide today.

A fictionalized account of the absolutely fabulous bestselling 2001 book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal from the talented, muckracking journalist Eric Schlosser, the movie is smart, provocative, and worth viewing whether or not fast foods regularly beckon you.

So I discovered at an advance screening and special event/press conference sponsored by the New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches, which, as its name implies, is dedicated to improving school foods and helping kids develop heatlhy eating habits.

Again, let me repeat: You simply must see this well-done movie “Fast Food Nation,” which is brilliantly directed by Richard Linklater.

But be prepared: This isn’t a mind-numbing, escapist piece of cinema full of nonsensical, gratuitous violence.

Rather, this film — which is basically an ensemble drama featuring wonderful roles for such talented actors as Greg Kinnear, Patricia Arquette, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Avril Lavigne, Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale and Esai Morales — really gets you thinking. In fact, the tag line for the flick is “The truth is hard to swallow.”

Put it this way: Minutes into “Fast Food Nation,” you learn — as does new marketing hot-shot Don Anderson (Kinnear) for the fictional Mickey’s Fast Food chain — that the best-selling “Big One” burgers are full of manure. Seriously. (Get ready for some nightmarish, shocking movie moments.)

From there on in, you join Don on his investigation into ranches, slaughterhouses, and cookie-cutter strip malls in Cody, Colorado, where he seeks to uncover the sordid, shocking truth as to how the heck &%#$ could make its way into the frozen patties.

Read more here about this exciting movie.

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