Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation

Richard Linklater (Dazed And Confused, A Scanner Darkly) helms this adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s best-seller. Intriguingly, the filmmakers have taken the adventurous step of turning this non-fictional book into a fictional film. Says Linklater: "[We wanted to do] a character study of the lives behind the facts and figures of fast food". 

The Big One is the latest burger from fast-food chain Michey’s (not McDonalds, yet very much McDonalds) and it’s shaping up to be their most successful product yet. However, there’s something strange in the meat. Company man Don (Greg Kinnear) is sent to investigate the meat packing plant in Cody, Colorado. The story examines fast food industry goings on via Don's visit; a group of illegal immigrants from Mexico who can only find jobs at that plant; and a group of highschool kids who work at a Mickey’s outlet.

2006Rating: R16, contains sex scenes, offensive language and content may disturb114 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Richard Linklater ('Slacker', 'Dazed & Confused', 'Waking Life', 'School Of Rock', 'Bad News Bears', 'A Scanner Darkly')
Writer:
Richard LinklaterEric Schlosser
Cast:
Greg KinnearPatricia ArquetteLuis GuzmanPaul DanoEthan HawkeKris KristoffersonLou Taylor PucciAvril LavigneBruce Willis
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It remains appealing for its subversive motives and revelations even as one wishes its knife would have been sharper...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Minces its storytelling through its ambitious multi-narrative structure and really leaves you none the wiser...

3.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Crucially, Linklater withholds the urge to make fun. And that’s precisely why Fast Food Nation hurts. Uninterested in straining comedy from the mire, or camouflaging relevance in a marketable fantasy, Linklater proceeds to bite right for the core. He’s deadly serious. By sandwiching stricken characters between a quasi-oppressive bun – each victims of circumstance, each accessories to the act, each deployed to the four corners of the fast food brethren in a seemingly unbreakable chain of command – he leaves a bad taste of smothering disquiet and futility...

4.0
0

I expected such great things for this and I was a bit dissapointed. It seemed to include to much fluff, and not enough meat so to speak. Though I think it's worth a watch, a definite 3 star.

3.0
0

Thought I'd walked into Three Burials for a minute there. The Traffic-esque structure was destracting from the gold in the Ashley Johnson story-line. I enjoyed the ending for the graphic visuals and because the film was almost over.

3.0
0

While I found the book of the same name to be quite compelling, the fictitious adaptation seemed to fall flat. What was so interesting about the book was the history of the industry, the artificiality of the product and especially the marketing of the companies, how they roped us in as children and why we kept going back. The film, while it includes such...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

It remains appealing for its subversive motives and revelations even as one wishes its knife would have been sharper...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Minces its storytelling through its ambitious multi-narrative structure and really leaves you none the wiser...

3.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

Crucially, Linklater withholds the urge to make fun. And that’s precisely why Fast Food Nation hurts. Uninterested in straining comedy from the mire, or camouflaging relevance in a marketable fantasy, Linklater proceeds to bite right for the core. He’s deadly serious. By sandwiching stricken characters between a quasi-oppressive bun – each victims of circumstance, each accessories to the act, each deployed to the four corners of the fast food brethren in a seemingly unbreakable chain of command – he leaves a bad taste of smothering disquiet and futility...

4.0
0

I expected such great things for this and I was a bit dissapointed. It seemed to include to much fluff, and not enough meat so to speak. Though I think it's worth a watch, a definite 3 star.

3.0
0

Thought I'd walked into Three Burials for a minute there. The Traffic-esque structure was destracting from the gold in the Ashley Johnson story-line. I enjoyed the ending for the graphic visuals and because the film was almost over.

3.0
0

While I found the book of the same name to be quite compelling, the fictitious adaptation seemed to fall flat. What was so interesting about the book was the history of the industry, the artificiality of the product and especially the marketing of the companies, how they roped us in as children and why we kept going back. The film, while it includes such...

2.0
0