From its director’s dollar store Michael Moore proselytizing to its chicken-in-a-barrel targets, the doc appears to be cut from the same didactic cloth as Spurlock’s previous hit. Super Size Me might have been fairly popular, and it certainly led to its share of equally gimmicky imitators, but a return to that 2004 feature will quickly avail audiences of just how shallow much of it was. While it draws attention to several key industry issues of the time, it also ultimately operates on the flawed assumption that fast food is inherently bad. That’s to say nothing of the leering, condescending way in which Spurlock and the film treat his weight gain throughout, as though no worse fate could befall a human being.


Pointing out that industrial agriculture can be hazardous if conducted improperly, or that some restaurants will cut corners from time to time, is hardly the stuff of revelatory documentary cinema. Yet Super Size Me 2 will look to carry on an argument that fewer and fewer people seem to be having these days, as part of Spurlock’s attempted comeback after admitting to sexual misconduct in late 2017. The film will be released September 19.