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943 Ratings

Fast Food Nation

Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, United Kingdom, 2006
Drama, Comedy


A dramatic feature based on material from the incendiary book Fast Food Nation, a no-holds-barred exploration of the fast food industry that ultimately revealed the dark side of the “All American Meal.”

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Fast Food Nation Directed by Richard Linklater

Critics reviews

The stories dovetail organically rather than in the sort of overt “we are all connected” manner of so many mid aughts films, such as the banal Babel and Crash: this is not a portrait of souls, but of a very real people caught in a very real system. So few American films about the working world have dared to be so overtaken by sadness. Fast Food Nation climaxes with a main character literally in tears while she surveys the horror of her working reality. The movie never had a chance.
July 29, 2013
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One plotline focuses on a high school fast food employee who gets involved with gung-ho but intellectually underwhelming activists who plan to change everything by releasing a group of cattle, only to find the cows won’t go. It’s not a subtle metaphor (rise up, public!), but it’s also a funny gag, and the film’s portrait of earnest youth blathering their way towards (hopeful) change is cringingly accurate.
May 21, 2013
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