Picture from Super Size Me
Overall B

With obesity on the rise in North America, it is no surprise filmmakers would eventually take a look at this growing dilemma. Contributing to increased health costs and lost man-hours, the weight issue is a hefty problem facing our society. In his documentary Super Size Me, first time director and writer, Morgan Spurlock, singles out the fast food industry as a culprit in the crisis and personally takes them on.

Violence A
Sexual Content B
Profanity D+
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, sex and drug references, and a graphic medical procedure.

Talk to your kids about…

Super Size Me

What is society’s ideal of the perfect body? What is considered to be beautiful? Are beautiful and healthy always the same thing?

What is the consumer’s personal responsibility when it comes to eating fast food? Should the government pass legislation about the selling of this product? What might be the fallout of such legislation?

Should fast food outlets and vending machines be allowed in the school setting? What kind of education programs might help students make better food choices? How often does your lunch resemble those of the students in this film?

What things, including his past drug and alcohol use, may have had an influence on Morgan’s health concerns during the fast food diet? What effects might his work and travel schedule during the filming of this movie have on his lack of well-being, sexual relations or energy level?