Fast Food Nation — the review’s up!

My review of Fast Food Nation is now up at CT Movies.

UPDATE: On re-reading this review, it occurs to me that there are at least two points I could have gotten into, but didn’t.

First, my review does allude briefly to the link the film makes between the commodification of meat and the exploitation of sex (more specifically, the exploitation of women’s bodies), but I could have been more explicit about that; apart from the meat supplier checking out the waitress’s bottom, think also of the porn film that Kinnear’s character watches as he unpacks at the hotel, etc. (For more on this theme, see, e.g., Tami Wilson’s Flesh.)

Second, my review doesn’t get into how the film basically omits the more positive side of the fast-food industry that Schlosser’s book does describe, however briefly. More specifically, given that I was writing for a Christian audience, I believe Schlosser had positive things to say about the In-N-Out Burger chain, which I believe is owned or was founded by Christians (I have never been fortunate enough to sample that franchise’s product, though I remember people at the church I attended 15 years ago talking about the place whenever they went down to California).

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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