Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation
Fast Food Nation
  • R
  • 1h 54m
  • 2006
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Inspired by the incendiary New York Times bestseller that exposed the hidden facts behind America's fast food industry, Fast Food Nation combines an all-star ensemble cast lead by Greg Kinnear, Wilmer Valderrama and Avril Lavigne with riveting, interlocked human stories to serve up a firecracker of a movie that jumps off the screen. When a marketing executive (Kinnear) for the Mickey's burger chain is told there's a nasty secret ingredient in his latest culinary creation The Big One, he heads for the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate... but discovers the truth a bit difficult to swallow.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Critics Consensus: Despite some fine performances and memorable scenes, Fast Food Nation is more effective as Eric Schlosser's eye-opening non-fiction book than as Richard Linklater's fictionalized, mostly punchless movie.
Reviews
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
Fresh

Avril Lavigne even pops up to rail against deforestation. Who knew she could pronounce it?

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

Though it may well make you vow never to eat a burger again, the film never really holds itself to...

January 23, 2019
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

This movie has taken a firebrand book and turned it into a whingeing piece of defeatism.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Bloody exposé; not for kids. Want fries with that?

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most kids probably won't be that interested in this exposé of the fast food industry (which is based on Eric Schlosser's non-fiction best-seller). And just as well. It includes an extremely graphic sequence on the "killing floor" of a meat-packing plant, which shows actual footage of brutal hacking at cattle. Other violence includes the difficult border crossing endured by Mexican workers and a bloody scene of a worker's leg getting caught and cut off in a grinding machine. Some sex scenes between a manager (who trades sex for favors at work) and his female workers show naked body parts. Characters drink, smoke marijuana, and take methamphetamines. Language includes some 20 uses of "f--k" and a variety of other curses.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 17, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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