Fat Head (2009)
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I genuinely couldn't finish this movie. I kept checking to see how much more I had left. Not only is the production terrible (I'm talking lower budget than Tim and Eric great job-type stuff--bad graphics, often not filling the whole frame, bad music and random sound effects, slapstick humor, the same clip art over and over, strange skits?!, obnoxious repetitive vocabulary, the same cadence for every sentence in the V.O.), the content has a lot of issues too. There are a ton of logical fallacies--straw men, inconsistency, no true Scotsman, red herrings, etc. The movie perpetuates some myths (the only one that comes to mind is sugar rushes/crashes). The ideology gets in the way of its core message. It probably even lines up with my ideology for the most part, but the film maker is just so damn annoying, I couldn't take it. The people he debunks in the film are ass holes, but he's an ass hole too, and it doesn't make me want to keep watching. But I stuck it out 2/3 of the way through because I really enjoyed the heart of the content--all of the science and math behind this! Those "segments" are VERY well done. But so much could have been cut out of this. I only made it a bit less than 2/3 of the way through. This could have been really, really good if they had invested more time or review of the final product by someone who watches movies! It's just VERY difficult to watch.
In response to Morgan Spurlock's faux documentary about fast food, Fat Head examines the truth about nutrition and dieting in America. Much of the film discusses the corruption in government and its unscientific assessment of obesity and what constitutes a healthy diet. But the film also examines the disinformation and inconsistences put forth in Super Size Me. However, at times too many facts and figures are thrown out, and it feel like an information dump. And this is part of a larger structural problem that the film has in creating a narrative. Still, Fat Head is a fascinating expose on how healthy living is being sold to Americans and the politics that are being played.
Remember that "shocking" documentary SUPER SIZE ME that was "eye-opening" in how bad eating fast food is? This is the response, and it's pretty much this: SUPER SIZE ME is bullshit. It's a little long, but THIS is the eye-opening documentary that you should watch. Morgan Spurlock got fat eating 5000 calories a day without ANY exercise. (That, by the way, is debatable. If you ate three square meals at McDonald's and super-sized every one, you wouldn't reach 5000 calories.) Duh. If you ate 5000 calories of "heath" foods, you'd still get fat. This guy ate fast food for a month and lost 12 pounds. Watch it.
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