That Sugar Film

2015 NR 1h 42m DVD

That Sugar Film

2015 NR 1h 42m DVD
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Filmmaker Damon Gameau experiments on himself in this documentary look at the ubiquitous presence of sugar in the typical diet of Americans. Under medical supervision, Gameau begins a 60-day, high-sugar regimen that produces disturbing results.
Damon Gameau, Stephen Fry, Isabel Lucas, Brenton Thwaites, Gary Taubes, David Wolfe
Damon Gameau
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that That Sugar Film is a quirky, energetic documentary that follows Australian TV star Damon Gameau through a 60-day lifestyle experiment that reveals potentially shocking truths about foods often perceived as "healthy" by society. The film's eccentric style/tone and Gameau's lighthearted mannerisms will keep tweens and older engaged, while its informative facts about history, biology, and general health and wellness will help viewers learn a ton about refined sugar. Other than a few contextual references to sex and drugs (cocaine), one gory yet impactful dental-surgery scene, and occasional shots of Gameau in just his underwear (as well as a scene featuring a bikini-clad woman pouring soda all over herself), parents will find this movie to be a compelling, eye-opening journey for viewers of all ages. Just be prepared for the urge to clean out your pantry after the credits roll.

Sexual Content

Brief, educational mentions of sex in the context of describing the body's chemical reaction to ingesting processed sugar. In one scene, a bikini-clad woman runs slowly on the beach and exaggeratedly pours a giant can of soda over her body. Occasional shots of the narrator in his underwear.


One scene depicts a teenager's dental surgery in gory detail: All of his teeth are removed due to severe damage from drinking sugary sodas as a kid. It's candidly painful and bloody.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Encourages challenging the status quo regarding the food we consume -- and thinking about what it means to actually live healthily. Viewers will come away with a new awareness of their own consumption habits.


Although the film continually calls out specific brand names -- like Mountain Dew and Coca-Cola -- as those that exploit consumers with their processed sugar products (as well as others that claim to be healthy while hiding lots of sugar), there's no way it could be considered product placement. All references to products are in a negative light.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking, nicotine, and drugs (like cocaine) are discussed in the context of describing the addictive nature of processed sugar. Big-name food corporations are compared to drug dealers and cigarette distributors.

  • 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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