Fast Food Nation

20th Century Fox Released 2006


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Richard Linklater

Fast Food Nation is the 2001 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Eric Schlosser. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film follows a series of interconnected plot lines revolving around the fast food industry. Don Anderson (Greg Kinnear) is the marketing director for the Mickey's hamburger chain who discovers that a large portion of the meat they sell contains fecal matter. When Don visits the meatpacking plant, he discovers only a pristine working environment. Suspicious of the fa'ade, Don visits rancher Rudy Martin (Kris Kristoggerson) who tells him that the plant has broken many laws and cannot possibly be fully cleaning the meat. Don then schedules a meeting with Harry Rydel (Bruce Willis), executive VP of Mickey's, who is aware of the issue but does nothing to stop it. Amber (Ashley Johnson) is a Mickey's employee who dreams of a better career. When she becomes involved with a group of environmental activists, Amber finds herself involved in a plot to free the cows from their confinement at Uni-Globe meatpacking. Raul (Wilmer Valderrama) and his girlfriend Sylvia (Catalina Sandino Moreno) are recent immigrants from Mexico who are beginning a new life. When they get jobs at Uni-Globe, the unhealthy working environment leads them to develop drug habits and have severe health problems. Also starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Luis Guzman, Avril Lavigne, and Bobby Cannavale, Fast Food Nation opened to a mixed critical reception.



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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It's a mirror and a portrait, and a movie as necessary and nourishing as your next meal.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    If Linklater regards the fake culture that has replaced real places with horror, he has nothing but respect and affection for his characters, and the movie is rescued from nihilism...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Richard Linklater's rough-hewn tapestry of assorted lives that feed off of and into the American meat industry is both rangy and mangy; it remains appealing for its subversive moti...

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