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Food, Inc.

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG — for some thematic material and disturbing images
  • Director: Robert Kenner   Cast: Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards, Carole Morison, Michael Pollan
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Reader Rating:

    3 out of 10

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Genre

Documentary

Producer

Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein

Distributor

Magnolia Pictures

Release Date

Jun 4, 2009

Release Notes

NY (Premiere)

Official Website

Review

After an hour and a half of sighing, wincing, and clucking over the manifold outrages portrayed in Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc., I gave up the thought of “reviewing” the documentary and decided, instead, to exhort you: See it. Bring your kids if you have them. Bring someone else’s kids if you don’t. The message is nothing new if you’ve read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation or Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (both are in the film). But every frame makes you choke on your popcorn—if for no other reason than the focus on government-underwritten corn and the companies who put it into everything from soda to Midol to the gassy, E. coli–ridden bellies of factory-farmed cows. The sheer scale of the movie is mind-blowing—it touches on every aspect of modern life. It’s the documentary equivalent of The Matrix: It shows us how we’re living in a simulacrum, fed by machines run by larger machines with names like Monsanto, Perdue, Tyson, and the handful of other corporations that make everything. We humans can win, but we should hurry, before Monsanto makes a time machine and sends back a Terminator to get rid of Schlosser and Pollan.

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