Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Movie Review: Fast Food Nation

This was a fascinating movie, touching on many themes.

  • Illegal immigrants and the role they play in our economy (and the oppty those who have power may take to abuse them)
  • Marketing and how companies can stimulate demand.
  • Urban development
  • the importance of education in economic advancement

A poignant film that highlights the stomach-churning practices of the meat-packing industry. It's enough to make you want to be a vegetarian.

Here's the thing that I didn't like though. In its critcisim, both in the film and the DVD extras, it highlights the 'big bad corporations,' but what I didn't see was the fact that if people just stop going to the fast food joints, the whole problem goes away. It ignored the demand side of the equation.

Still, a great feature film that had a documentary message. The only thing that annoyed me was that 2 of the stars were the same as Little Miss Sunshine. I guess I don't like seeing the same actors appearing together in a totally unrelated movie. Hard to break the association.

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