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B Murray says ...
Fast Food Nation is the worst of the recent flood of movies about the food industry in the USA. Bad acting, lousy dialog, and an incoherent plot do not do much to sell the message. Stick with Food Inc or The Future of Food. These are movies that will change lives.
04/28/2010 8:40:07 PM CDT
Kurt R says ...
Haven't seen "Fast Food Nation" yet, but its next in my Netflix queue ... other great food and sustainability films I've watched recently include: Our Daily Bread, The Gleaners & I, The Future of Food, Food Matters, End of the Line, and Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution ... all have given me insights into our world's "sick" food production system and ideas and inspiration to make better food choices. Thanks for supporting and encouraging healthy eating!
04/28/2010 9:04:34 PM CDT
Susan Vogt says ...
Have not seen the film yet, Fast Food Nation--but am very interested in the subject matter and hopefully will get a chance to see it!
04/28/2010 9:23:45 PM CDT
christine parker says ...
This film should make you think twice about what's being done to our food. I try not to think about it, but the owners should take responsibility & not always think of the bottom line. Saving a few pennies is not worth risking someone's health. I'll wager that they treat their pets better. It's not just limited to fast food. Even the extremely fancy restaurants have chefs that have unclean habits using things that fell onto the floor or serving food that's been around too long. I had a personal experience where the nova lox I was served was so spoiled that no amount of salt or washing could hide the foul taste, let alone smell. The owner of course said it was just delivered. My son worked in an ethnic deli where he saw someone drop ashes from his cigarette into the mashed potatoes & served it up. I worked at a nursing home where there were centerpedes floating in the bottom of clarified butter sitting on the stove, ready to be served. It's not just the exec's making decisions to cover up bad food, it's also anyone handeling the food.
04/28/2010 9:25:39 PM CDT
dee plair says ...
I saw this movie as part of my nutrition class, and mostly I was bored. My favorite line in the movie was from Bruce Willis, who said, "Sometimes we all have to eat a little shit". The Bruce Willis character really got to the heart of the matter, and was just a vehicle for conveying the message about price driving everything. Are we really stupid enough to expect quality food for a dollar? Prepared by minimum wage workers who hate their job, and by extension, you? Actually, I never really thought about it. I've been eating fast food my entire life, and only stopped because of health problems that made me more aware of the importance of a quality diet. This movie had no impact on the friends I made watch it with me. I think they went for a burger right after. Overall, I don't think the movie is going to change anyone's diet, because behavior modification takes more than just being exposed to information. You've got to be motivated to act on the information, and even then, most people don't change. So basically, the movie was just preaching to the choir. For real change, parents have got to stop feeding their kids fast food. It's like cigarettes, if you get hooked early you're probably a customer for life.
04/28/2010 10:18:38 PM CDT
Melba Neal says ...
Impactful presence, but not a clear statement is being made here. Unless this is the short version, I think a clear blunt statement needs to be made to be an effective film.
04/28/2010 10:48:07 PM CDT
Caroline Marcos says ...
I heard a lot about this movie but I have not watched it yet. Sounds quite creepy but maybe I'll learn something. I did watch "Super Size Me" and I heard that that man who did it, was never able to go back to the way he was (health-wise) before the experiment. I guess it was worth it for him to make the sacrifice to prove his point to the world. Yuck!
04/28/2010 10:56:27 PM CDT
Ty says ...
I saw it a long time ago. I think the movie was fairly good.
04/28/2010 10:58:28 PM CDT
Kevin says ...
Any information available to the public in films like this or books about really what happens to the food (especially meat products) before you ingest it, can only help to raise the consciousness of people in making better choices. I would have liked if there was some talk about how the state of the animal when it is killed will have a connected effect energetically on the person who eats that meat. We are what we eat!!!
04/28/2010 11:51:51 PM CDT
Trudie Wang says ...
Food Inc. in a nutshell.... now we just need Food Revolution in a nutshell to be the sequel!
04/29/2010 3:03:24 AM CDT
andrea young says ...
This excerpt was short and to-the-point. It was accerbick. From the moment fast food was posted, it clearly showed how unconcerned the management was, how gullible the public was, how disturbing the food practices were and how the future held nothing productive. It was impossible to accept the fast food commodity as appealing. Food on the floor that was reused says it all. Anything goes for the big buck.
04/29/2010 6:24:07 AM CDT
Jennifer Holder says ...
In high school, my sister's boyfield, worked at a fast food restaurant. When he opened a box of "hamburgers" (and they were probably closer to being hamburgers than they are today!) he spilled some of the frozen patties on the floor. He started flipping them in the garbage can and when the mgr caught him, he told him that if he threw any more away, he would be fired. Our family never ate at this establishment after that incident.
04/29/2010 6:25:12 AM CDT
Deborah says ...
lokks interesting, not crazy about the rateing
04/29/2010 7:01:58 AM CDT
Kristin Calabrese says ...
I just watched this movie a few weeks ago, I thought it was a documentary and then quickly realized it was a fictional story that related many true occurrences in our food industry. The movie was well done in how the character's lives intertwined with one another, it was a gritty look at how our fast food impacts us as a country and beyond. I hope that people will realize there is much truth to this story.
04/29/2010 7:03:35 AM CDT
Helen Brown says ...
I don't agree that the movie Fast Food Nation failed to deliver because there were too many stories intertwined. I thought it portrayed the issue from the prospective of the many kinds of people involved. I could not watch much of the scene on the killing floor. It nauseated me too, but I think that was the intention. What goes on is disgusting! I thought it was a nice touch of irony at the end when the coyote handed the children the fast food bags for their first meal in America. I saw all of the films at the Plam Beach gardens location. I enjoyed them all but I felt that Food Inc. was the most informative. I wish it had been possible for them to go into a little more depth about the corn subsidies and the evil things that Monsanto and other corperations have prepetuated upon the smaller farmers and the American people by taking away the diversity of our food supply and forcing genetically modified crops upon us. But this film covered so much territory. I wish everyone would see it.I would have loved to see King Corn and Fresh. I hope there will be more film series.
04/29/2010 7:29:58 AM CDT
eva says ...
good luck
04/29/2010 7:41:05 AM CDT
Vicki Print says ...
THIS SHOULD BE A REQUIRED FILM IN SCHOOLS FOR KIDS TO WATCH, PARENTS INVITED. I BELIEVE OUR CHILDREN CAN MAKE A GREAT IMPACT ON WHAT GOES ON IN THEIR HOMES BUY WHAT THEY CAN BRING HOME FROM HEALTH AND DIET EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS. LET'S FACE IT, MOST PARENTS ARE TOO BUSY TO EVEN NOTICE WHAT IS GOING ON OUT THERE WITH THEIR FOOD CHOICES (ESPECIALLY FAST FOOD) BECAUSE OF THEIR OVERSTUFFED SCHEDULES. KUDOS WHOLE FOODS FOR CONTINUING TO EXPOSE THE MONEY GRUBBERS.
04/29/2010 8:56:20 AM CDT
ann m says ...
over 23 years ago, i read "Diet For a New America" written by the then heir to the baskins-robbins dairy/ice-cream company. i never ate flesh again. not sure if this book is still in print, but so worth reading. not only is it revealing, even by today's standards, but it also looks at what we eat from a historical, spiritual, philosophical, and green perspective.
04/29/2010 8:58:19 AM CDT
Karen says ...
I watched Food, Inc. last week when it was on PBS and continue to be amazed! I will have to view this film as well.
04/29/2010 8:59:36 AM CDT
deb keilen says ...
This film accomplished putting a face to all the players in the meat industry, from the public consumer to the corporate giant. This hollywood version of the novel came across a bit hokey, but getting the message out about the horrors of the meat industry is appreciated in any form. And who doesn't love anything Greg Kinnear?!! I recommend this movie to all the eating citizens of the world.
04/29/2010 9:00:54 AM CDT
DoctorBotany says ...
I have not read the book and so have no comparison to make to it. What I did notice was the exploitation of the illegal immigrants who have no recourse to fight injustices. Also- Having witnessed the slaughter of cattle in a packing house, I can attest to the accuracy of the realistic depiction in the movie. The screenplay with it's multitude of characters is confusing to the issues that I think the movie was trying to get at-namely the deplorable conditions experienced by our food animals, the people who process them, and our planet, all because of our insatiable addiction to the consumption of protein.
04/29/2010 10:47:58 AM CDT
Marlene Inman says ...
A really truthful documentary would be much more effective.I, for one, am always leary of "movie stars" commens on anything, because for the most part "actors" are reimbursed for what they recommend or do not recommend. I would much rather see a "man on the street" give a blurb about anything. The film was too slick.
04/29/2010 11:25:17 AM CDT
Anthony Angelo says ...
"Fast Food Nation" the book, was very informative. The movie, however, should have been more of a documentary -- especially to be shown to students. The fictionalized parts of the story are just not appropriate for this to be used educationally. As an adult, I could watch past the sensationalized parts to get the information. All in all, ok, but had potential for more.
04/29/2010 12:36:04 PM CDT
kim says ...
Makes me want to eat a orange.
04/29/2010 2:29:11 PM CDT
mimi schirber says ...
the information is critical. for a nation that needs to know about everything, food seems to be one area we have been content to play ignorant. the film itself seemed a little dorky. the acting and drama of the storyline made the reality of our situation seem like a joke. what is going on in our country is serious and i wish this film had more of a serious tone. Food Inc, on the other hand, had equally important information and seemed to address the viewer as an intelligent person rather than someone to entertain.
04/29/2010 2:49:36 PM CDT

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