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Fast Food Nation

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Source: Catholic News Service

Absorbing albeit bleak multiplotted expose excoriating the fast food industry for its dangerous, unsanitary and exploitative working conditions, from the perspective of a fictitious burger franchise's marketing executive (Greg Kinnear) who goes to Colorado to investigate conditions at their plant; a young cashier (Ashley Johnson) whose uncle (Ethan Hawke) urges her to improve her life, despite the complacency of her unmotivated mother (Patricia Arquette); and a young Mexican immigrant couple (Catalina Sandino Moreno and Wilmer Valderrama) struggling to build a better life. Director Richard Linklater's skillful dramatization of Eric Schlosser's nonfiction book (they co-wrote the script) is sometimes preachy and the ending intentionally inconclusive, but the issues raised are timely ones, while the cast (including Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale and Kris Kristofferson) offers solid, selfless performances. Partly subtitled. Rough and crude language, a couple of briefly intense, if nongraphic, sexual encounters, fleeting partial nudity, innuendo, some gruesome slaughterhouse shots and drug references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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