Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011)
Average Rating: 5.7/10
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject. Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn't make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating
Apr 1, 2011 Limited
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For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message.
"Fat, Sick" may be no great shakes as a movie, but as an ad for Mr. Cross's wellness program its now-healthy heart is in the right place.
A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.
Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship.
[Cross] tells us of his self-redemption and his explanation of the principles is mostly entertaining, though eventually repetitious. The case histories he presents are effective and even sometimes moving.
The first half is a sycophantic and unfocused look at the health benefits of liquidated fruits and veggies, but Fat's latter half blossoms into something unexpected and heartrending, making it a passable recommendation.
This Oprah-ready doc about the beneficial effects of good dieting manages to be educational and watchable without making you feel too bad about that Twix bar in your mouth.
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