Fast Food Nation

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  • Drama, Independent, Realism , produced in 2006 UK, USA
  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis
  • Directed by: Richard Linklater
  • Rating: 6.30 out of 10 (7998 votes)
  • Plot Summary: FAST FOOD NATION is director Richard Linklater's big screen adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best-selling book, which exposes the evils of corporate fast-food production. Co-written by Linklater and Schlosser, the film presents a wide tapestry of characters whose lives are all affected in one way or another by Mickey's, a fictionalized fast-food chain. At the top of the chain sits Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear), a Mickey's marketing VP who is shocked to discover that a high fecal count has shown up in his company's burgers. Sylvia (Catalina Sandino Moreno), Raul (Wilmer Vilderrama), and Coco (Ana Claudia Talancon) are illegal Mexican immigrants who have found employment in the grotesque plant that produces those same burgers, working under the evil watch of supervisor Mike (Bobby Cannavale). Ashley (Amber Johnson) works the counter at a local Mickey's, but when she befriends a group of politically charged college students (Lou Taylor Pucci, Avril Lavigne), she thinks twice about her job. Along the way, several more characters are introduced (played by Kris Kristofferson, Ethan Hawke, and Bruce Willis), who voice the concerns expressed in Schlosser's nonfiction account. Linklater takes a leisurely approach to his otherwise in-your-face material, allowing certain stories to play themselves out before moving on to another. The result is a film that sneaks up on viewers. However, by the time it reaches its powerful conclusion, the filmmakers' point becomes painfully clear.
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