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November 10, 2006

FAST FOOD NATION — CANNES 2016

Colesmithey.comFormer Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren produced this film version of Eric Schlosser’s best-selling 2001 nonfiction expose "Fast Food Nation," about the disgusting, illegal, and dangerous aspects of America’s fast food industrial complex.

Director Richard Linklater adds biting social satire while striking a comic tone to insure that Schlosser’s social medicine goes down gently until the film’s disturbing reality-based anti-climax is revealed. Greg Kinnear gives a top-drawer performance as Don Henderson, the marketing veep for "Mickey’s," a successful fast food burger chain, who gets an assignment to covertly investigate why cow manure has been turning up in his company’s burgers.

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Henderson’s road-trip-inquiry intersects with the brutal working conditions of illegal alien workers in a dangerous meat processing plant, rebellious teen employees at a burger franchise, and cattle supplier Harry (Bruce Willis) who tells Don, "We all have to eat a little &%#@ from time to time."


Rated R. 114 mins. (B) (Four Stars)

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