• Fast Food Nation (2006)

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Release Date: 2006

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2007

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear), a marketing executive for a national burger chain must leave blissful ignorance behind when his boss gives him an unsavory assignment: Investigate scientific findings that cow manure is contaminating the meat used in the company's top-selling hamburger. Don's search takes him from his comfortable office to a vast feedlot, to the inner rooms of a slaughterhouse manned by illegal immigrants, who must do all the dirty work.

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, Luis Guzm√°n, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Kris Kristofferson

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Drama

Production Co: HanWay Films, Recorded Pictures Company

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Fast Food Nation picks up, and drops off, various members of its cast, sometimes without a satisfying resolution. But its final scenes, inside a real working meatpacking plant, on the killing floor, are brutally to the point. show more

  • Following up on Morgan Spurlock's wildly successful indie film "Super Size Me," critics of fast food were hoping that a one-two punch would further raise consciousness among consumers and purveyors alike. Alas, Fast Food Nation is punchless. show more

  • Fast Food Nation has the dramatic flatness and willful lack of personality of some documentaries -- or at least how Linklater thinks a documentary should be. The movie nonetheless feels like both a work of investigative journalism and an immense human-interest story, veering into muckraking, horror, teen comedy, and what passes for "Twilight Zone" science fiction. show more

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