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Fast Food Nation

Rating:R (for disturbing images, strong sexuality, language and drug content)
Release Date:November 17, 2006
Running time:106 minutes
Cast:Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear
Director:Richard Linklater
Producer:Malcolm McLaren, Jeremy Thomas
Writer:Richard Linklater, Eric Schlosser
Distributor:Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Description: A fictionalized thriller inspired by Eric Schlosser's bestselling nonfiction expose of junk food companies. The story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths--from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.

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