Super Size Me

2004 PG-13 1h 38m DVD

Super Size Me

2004 PG-13 1h 38m DVD
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Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fare.
Morgan Spurlock, Bridget Bennett, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Dr. Stephen Siegel
Morgan Spurlock
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Super Size Me is a 2004 documentary in which filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fast food for one month in an attempt to make a broader point on how fast food has affected the health and well-being of people in the United States. There are some sexual references; Spurlock's sex life with his girlfriend is not what it once was since living on nothing but Big Macs and Egg McMuffins. Exposed female breasts are seen on a poster in the background. There are two instances of graphic imagery: Spurlock vomits his lunch out the side of his car window (there's a shot of the vomit splattered on the parking lot), and there are extreme close-ups of a surgery. Profanity includes "s--t" and "f--k." This movie provides an engaging opportunity for families with teens to discuss the effects of fast food on health, how fast food is marketed to kids, and why it's important for kids (and adults) to get exercise on a regular basis.

Sexual Content

The girlfriend of the filmmaker laments his decreased sexual desire and prowess. Exposed female breasts are seen on a poster in the background.


Extremely graphic scenes of an operation.


Occasional profanity: "s--t," "f--k you" once, "crap." The word "s--t" is clearly visible on a poster in the background of some scenes.

Social Behavior

Though the statistics the movie presents paint a dire picture of obesity and the effects of fast-food marketing campaigns on children, the movie also suggests that people have the power to confront these issues head-on and change their eating habits. Shortly after the film was premiered, McDonald's eliminated their "Super Size" options on their menus.


McDonald's is the central focus, in addition to the food industry as a whole. The effects of McDonald's marketing campaigns targeted to young children are shown and discussed.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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