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Fast Food Nation: Movie Review

Alternative Title: Why I Quit Eating Fast Food.

I just got through this on HBO. If you arent someone who handles meat on a regular basis (I went to a barbeque two weeks ago where the host was arm deep in a pig’s shoulder; he is going to be fine after watching this film), be prepared to get your stomach churning in the last ten minutes.

The last ten minutes of this movie – spent in the heart of a meat processing plant and chronicling the ugly process from the slaughter of cows all the way to the handling of the carcass – will make you want to throw up.

The first 90 minutes of the movie are entertaining watching but slow going. All in all, you are probably better off reading the book. Eric Schlosser is a fine writer and “Reefer Madness” – his follow-on work is excellent.

Skip this one unless you intend to turn vegetarian.

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  1. March 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    just watched Fast Food Nation, it’s impactful to say the least… earlier today i passed up a sausage mcmuffin because of it. Evidently it is worth passing up fast food for more than health reasons.

  2. March 19, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Yeah, I’ve definitely passed up on beef a few times after watching that movie. I think all it would take is one trip to a slaughterhouse to turn completely vegetarian.

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