The other day, a friend came over, saying he was renting a movie. When he got here, it was the fast food documentary film, "Super Size Me." I was quite taken aback until I remembered how liberal this guy was. I was under the impression that it was a "Mooresque" film about how large corporations are responsible for all of our problems, but I was sorely mistaken. It actually took a fair look at the fast food industry and its practices. They interviewed nutritionalists, doctors, lobbyists and other experts about the effects of fast food on the human body, the types of advertising used, and the change in portion sizes (the McDonald's "small" fries that come with a kid's meal used to be the only size and the super size drink is a full quart). The "meat" of the film, however, was their grand experiment. The producer went on a 30 day McDonald's binge. For 30 days, he ate three square meals a day, and didn't eat anything that was not from McDonald's. He also had at least one of everything on the McDonald's menu. During this time, he gained 25 (maybe 35, can't remember) pounds, suffered extreme (temporary) liver damage, showed symptoms of vitamen deficiency, and showed all the classic signs of a chemical addiction. His cholestoral also doubled, along with similar or worse increases in all of the "bad numbers," medically speaking. It took the better part of a year for him to fully recover. Now, he admits the experiment was a bit extreme, and most of the nutritionalists said that fast food once a week is acceptable, but then he reminds everyone that many people eat fast food quite regularly. The documentary also covers aggressive marketing techniques, such as McDonald's toys to hook children, media saturation, and good, 'ole fashioned up-selling This documentary was quite informative, and while I'm not exactly revamping my diet, it has given me a new perspective. All in all, I'd give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Most of its shortcomings come from the overall dullness of a documentary, though they do spice it up a bit.