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Are you planning to see the movie Fast Food Nation?

I want to see it. I like Richard Linklater movies.

I also read a lot of the book and want to see how they turned it into a movie.

But I've a bit of trepidation, because it's said to be really graphic.

I don't eat a lot of fast food, but I'm still a little queasy about seeing the movie.

Probably will, though ...

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  1. Sure. I will watch it when it comes to Netflix.

    1. Absolutely, tomorrow in NYC. And I loved the book. The enemy is big agribusiness and massive food processing plants and chains. The answer - support local farmers and producers and those restaurants that do so.

      1. I see it everytime I go into a Walmarts. (Sorry if that sounds elitist. I DO shop there.)

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        1. re: NotOurCrowd

          I'm from Arkansas originally, and I just have to tell you that it's "Walmarks". Don't ask why. I have no idea. But it has been ever since they've been around.

        2. I believe it only opens in LA and NYC tomorrow.

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          1. re: ML8000

            Not true. It's playing here in Portland. I'll see it this week.

          2. When I can get it in Blockbuster. I loved the book - I already knew much of what was written in it, but it did open my eyes up to things that I was unaware of and once again made me pull-back from eating fast food when I have a better choice available. But, I don't know if I want to spend $20 for us to see in on a big screen - don't think it's that worth seeing (it hasn't been getting very good reviews this far).

            1. Yes, I'll be seeing it this weekend. How could I not? I thoroughly loved the book and have been quoting from it for years, though I know this is has been reworked as "fiction" for the screen. I know it got somewhat mixed reviews, though the New York Times liked it a lot. It's playing in a small art house near me, so it has opened in more places than NY and LA.

              I imagine that it will be disturbing watching the slaughterhouse scenes, but I lived through "Tree of Wooden Clogs," one of the best movies of the early eighties.

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              1. re: pitterpatter


                I prefer living in my culinary dream world...bring on the fois gras!
                ....and the burgers...

              2. I'm with ChowFun derek, no!

                I don't like being lectured, and it feels lecture-y. I enjoyed Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me because it was funny. But this just looks like it's gonna hector me. Lighten up, movie ;-)

                1. I saw it at a press screening a few months ago and agree completely with this review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460792/u...

                  It's got its charms, but much of the film is unbearable (and I'm not even talking about the final super gross-out montage).


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                  1. I saw this last night and thought it was great, probably Linklater's best film. He used the book as a jumping-off point for a character-driven ensemble drama. It's about as far from a polemic film like Fahrenheit 9/11 as could be, much more like "A Scanner Darkly." Fabulous cast with some great cameos by major stars, none of the characters are mouthpieces or cartoons.

                    To the limited extent that it includes some of the ideas in the book they're either quietly implicit in the situation (many of the characters work for a McDonald's-type chain and a beef packing company that supplies it), or expressed as half-baked opinions by flawed individuals.

                    If you don't want to see footage of what goes on in slaughterhouses, don't see it, but there were no surprises or shocks for me. I was starving for a burger afterwards.

                    1. I'll see it when it comes out on DVD. I'm in no hurry to check it out since I read the book. And truth be told, it didn't dissuade me from stopping at McDonald's or most of my favorite fast food haunts.

                      However, the e.coli breakout that's happening in NY/NJ Taco Bells is giving me second thoughts. Yikes!!

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                      1. re: ArtemisNYC

                        I have no interest in this movie whatsoever...lol. Supersize Me has me all set on food movies until the day I pass on to that big cheeseburger in the sky.

                      2. Why bother? Who thinks fast food is good for them?

                        Going to this movie is a religious exercise where the audience can feel self righteously superior. If you really feel strongly about this stuff take the money you were going to spend on admission and give it to some charity that feeds the third world.

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                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                          This movie's about as true to the book that inspired it as was Woody Allen's "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex."

                          The script does include a few short monologues that might have come from the book, but they're delivered by naive or crazy characters. And other characters deliver contrary opinions.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            What's the "take away" from this movie? If it's "fast food is a bad thing" then I think I'd rather put the money towards a good meal.

                            My scepticism is based on numerous threads where someone proudly cites the fact that they're read "Fast Food Nation" and then go on to voice some shrill opinion. I *know* fast food isn't good for me - I can skip the attitude that goes along with the conclusion.

                            1. re: Bob Martinez

                              What's the "take away" from Slackers or Waking Life?

                              Linklater's scripts don't offer easy answers. They don't even ask easy questions.

                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                "What's the "take away" from Slackers or Waking Life?"

                                So the "FFN" movie is like Seinfeld, a show about nothing? If the movie isn't about food, then we shouldn't be talking about it on a food board.

                                1. re: Bob Martinez

                                  There are several interrelated plots involving people who work for a McDonald's-type fast food company and a meat packing plant that supplies it.

                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                    Let me make a wild guess - the McDonald's-type company doesn't come off very well?

                                    The suspense is killing me.

                                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                                      The workplace scenes seemed pretty realistic to me, just a bunch of different people doing various boring jobs because they need the money. Nothing like the standard Hollywood villanous cartoon corporation a la Robocop or whatever.

                                      As one character says when trying to dissuade a friend from quitting, "This job sucks, but that doesn't make it wrong."

                                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                        I'll make you a deal. I'll watch it on cable.

                                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                                  So what you're saying is that it's an artistic success, since art doesn't lecture and offer easy answers or perhaps any answers at all. But would the author consider it a success? Surely he wouldn't want you walking out craving a burger.

                                  1. re: Glencora

                                    The message isn't that 'burgers' are bad.

                                    1. re: Glencora

                                      He's said he thinks the film is "true to the spirit" of the book, but I don't see how that can be, since so much of the film is about Linklater's characters.


                                      1. re: Glencora

                                        I think the author wouldn't mind the audience craving a burger as long as it was from the "right" source. I saw an interview w/ Eric Schlosser in which he says he enjoys burgers and gave a thumbs up to the burgers at Burgerville, a fast food chain in the Pacific NW. He apparently supports their practices.

                                        I've read the book and will see the movie on DVD. No rush.

                                        1. re: Carb Lover

                                          Just went to Burgerville (only within a 60 mile radius of Portland) last night. Enjoyed the sweet potato fries. No more pumpkin or huckleberry milkshakes, but the next seasonal one is the chocolate Oregon hazelnut. Yum! Also they use Oregon Country Beef which is local family co-op hormone/antibiotic free veg-fed. Fair-trade coffee. You get the picture...

                              2. The NY Times review puts it pretty well:

                                "... 'Most people don’t like to be told what’s best for them,' says Bruce Willis in a sly, brilliant, single-scene cameo, and the suspicion that the movie is doing just that may provoke some reflexive resistance. Which is too bad, because 'Fast Food Nation,' while it does not shy away from making arguments and advancing a clear point of view, is far too rich and complicated to be understood as a simple, high-minded polemic ..."