Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken

By Morgan Spurlock

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2019-09-13
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 42min
  • Director: Morgan Spurlock
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 6.99
7.9/10
7.9
From 7 Ratings

Description

In the 13 years since Super Size Me, the fast-food industry has undergone a makeover. Today, chain restaurants tout food that's "healthy, " "organic, " and "natural. " Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores this new reality with an approach even more immersive and subversive than that used for his first film: he sets out to open his own chicken franchise. We follow him every step of the way, from raising poultry and conjuring recipes to designing the brand and scouting a location. Spurlock brings his disarming humor to uncover the truths and lies behind this multibillion-dollar industry. Navigating a world of cynics and opportunists, Spurlock comes across like a hillbilly Jimmy Stewart with refreshing optimism. He confronts one challenge after another in his mission to live up to his ideals. The film feels especially timely when the US has a junk-food-loving President and an epidemic of false claims in advertising. Spurlock pays close attention to the Orwellian buzzwords that marketers use to bring a "health halo" to industrial food. While the original Super Size Me made a specific example of McDonald's, this compelling sequel focuses on new targets and doesn't hold back on naming names. The film builds momentum towards the day when Spurlock puts his reputation on the line by serving his first customers.

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Reviews

  • Better Than Original

    4
    By Act1action
    While the subject of the first film was interesting and caused people to think, it never lived up to the hype; whereas this film takes more efforts to tell a complete story, from farm to table, of everything wrong with the related, but ultimately different beast of the chicken industry. The film wisely doesn't blame anyone, not the consumers who trust the food is honest, nor the companies that lie about them in order to pad their corporate pockets. It also doesn't blame the farmer, which are forced to play in a rigged game that many are unhappy with. I decided to rent this this film wihle traveling through Spurlock's hometown and hearing of a screening there (I didn't go to this, but wish I had known sooner and went). By coincidence, I had already added the film to my list thinking it had come out years before and I had missed it. Turned out a lot had happened since the film was shelved due to some personal scandals having to do with the filmmaker he outted himself about via twitter before this film could be released. Now, two years later, I read a review which criticized the film for not addressing this elephant in the room, but I think Spurlock and the company made a good decision to keep it about the subject of the film. It's a good cause, well reasoned and I suggest others give it a chance. While its important for MeToo'd perpetrators to own up and try to make right for what they have done, I don't think that should mean in all cases that the filmmakers shouldn't be able to continue being in the limlight, heading up important projects like this one. I truly hope Spurlock continues making his brand of docu-reality film with his balanced approach of first hand trying something and shining light on why we should care through his eyes. He's a talented filmmaker and I hope that his mistakes of the past don't keep him from doing good and making right wrongs in the world, inclduing his own. Good luck to him and congrats on a well-made film. It's by far my favorite and it turns out I've seen quite a few of his over the years.
  • JUNK DOC

    1
    By zombienotld
    The description says "In a time when we have a junk food loving President", like its our Presidents fault that Ameticans are fat and unhealthy. What alot of them are is stupid, especially the person that wrote this movie description. Even the movie description for this stupid "movie" has to blame our President for something that he just did not do. Why did you have to push your hate into the movie description? F*ck this movie.
  • awsome

    5
    By s123&123
    Really just amazing.
  • Incredible documentary that is a work of love

    5
    By Eric10088
    You will learn the entire process of how the chicken arrives on your plate. It is an amazingly researched film with Morgan going all over the country, talking to a number of experts, and investigating all aspects of production and marketing of the chicken industry. This film is so educatative, and should be shown to all students across the country.
  • Loved It!!!

    5
    By Meg_A_Leg
    What a fun documentary! Thoughtful, engaging, and just as shocking as the first one. Highly recommend!!
  • totally fun and interesting

    5
    By uniquenewyor
    This is one of the best documentaries of recent year!
  • Awesome!!

    5
    By En1984
    Nothing will change because of this but it’s a good start as people will start to talk about it. Tnefna

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