Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food and features an all-star cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and Luis Guzman. Mickey's is the most popular fast-food chain in America, and The Big One is the top-selling burger that put them on the map. When the higher-ups at Mickey's corporate offices learn that the frozen meat patties used to make the wildly popular burger have somehow been tainted with contaminated meat, they send marketing executive Don Henderson (Kinnear) on an urgent mission to ensure quality control and find out precisely how their product became compromised. It's a long way from the Southern California boardroom to the immigrant slaughterhouses, though, and the further Henderson works his way through the bustling feedlots and toward the ubiquitous restaurant sites that have become a staple of modern culture, the more he begins to realize just how dangerous convenience can become when it leads to blissfully ignorant complacency. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This movie was not what I thought it would be. It was R for a reason and I didn't think it was necessary to throw in the the sexual innuendos to make the point about the bureaucracy of where our food comes from. Definitely not for kids of any age.
I expected, like many it appears, that this would be an informative and educational view of the topic, but it failed to live up completely to that expectaction. I did learn of some practices and situations but it more glorified what is done with both meat production plants and with illegal immigrant work forces being used. It was star filled cast, even some you weren't told to expect had parts, but the overall tehme ended up being more filler like sex scenes and situations that had no real place in the story and less real fact. It's a very biased and single minded view. I am sure some if not all happens in these places but they are simply only showing the bad aspects with no possible positives being shown. I don't honestly know if there is positive but I find it almost impossible to believe it is all negative. Last thing, don't try to watch this over dinner! Trust me on that one...
This movie was one of the worst I've watched. I would rather have seen the information presented in a documentary format, as it was good information, but the movie itself was awful. It was presented in fictional format but with very little plot. I will not watch this again. Ever. Watch Food, Inc. instead.