King Corn (2007)
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat--and how we farm.
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Critic Reviews for King Corn
Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, King Corn mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland.
A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well, King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.
While there's no startling news here -- most people know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a staple in food processing and isn't particularly good for us -- this documentary neatly, and often humorously, summarizes a very unhealthy situation.
King Corn is entertaining enough, but it's also a moral, crucially skeptical road trip down the food chain.
It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator.
We learn a few things from the two daffy guys about food, nutrition, agribusiness, and government support of the latter.
There is an interesting story here. It's just that the movie doesn't tell it very well.
The film always teaches and entertains in equal, ample measure. It's a treat -- and it's good for you.
entertaining and even a little mischievous, it finds perverse outcomes, but no villains. It is informative, without creating partisanship, respectful without being patronizing, entertaining without being dumbed-down
King Corn becomes an indispensable supplement to Spurlock's Super Size Me.
Absorbing...it's a lot of science and perspective to cover, yet Woolf manages to keep King Corn focused and sedate.
An entertaining look at the flagship of American empty calories, King Corn is a few bushels short of being the next Super-Size Me, but brings a legitimate message.
Well, it's certainly one of the less blatantly compelling subjects on the non-fiction circuit, and the doc has a lower-octane approach than most, but King Corn is surprisingly absorbing and amusing viewing.
Audience Reviews for King Corn
An occasionally interesting look at the food industry concerning two guys from Boston journeying to Iowa to plant a crop of corn. What's most impressive about the film is it's ability to derive answers without going Michael Moore finger-pointing style. It does drag from time to time and it lacks a firm, solid resolution, but certainly not a bad documentary at all, but definitely one that could've been more interesting if it had tried to be.More
Any documentary that has stop and go animation with fischer price and corn kernals is a good one in my book. I guess you hear 'high fructose corn syrup' in everything you eat, but I never really thought about what it was. You eat pretty much nothing but corn if you eat what most people do. Makes you want to eat hippie food instead, if only it cost less. Yikes.More
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