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Morgan Spurlock has the kind of name that sounds too contrived to be true -- as if he were related to James Bottomtooth III, the absurdly underbite-heavy character on 'Family Guy.'

But Spurlock is very much a real individual, and he caused a sensation in and out of Hollywood in 2004 with the release and popular success of 'Super Size Me,' which chronicles what happens to him and his body over a 30-day period as he eats nothing but McDonalds. The unnerving, astonishing results are the reason it's today's suggestion for free film of the day. Morgan Spurlock has the kind of name that sounds too contrived to be true -- as if he were related to James Bottomtooth III, the absurdly underbite-heavy character on 'Family Guy.'

But Spurlock is very much a real individual, and he caused a sensation in and out of Hollywood in 2004 with the release and popular success of 'Super Size Me,' which chronicles what happens to him and his body over a 30-day period as he eats nothing but McDonalds. The unnerving, astonishing results are the reason it's today's suggestion for free film of the day.

Spurlock's physical transformation, revealed in insidious, hilarious ways in the film, was breathtaking. He gained nearly 25 pounds. By deliberately consuming and, indeed, super-sizing anything he could on McDonalds' menu, he cast himself in the role of consumer-as-victim. While gorging on thousands of McDonalds' calories daily, Spurlock then looked at how a fast-food giant embeds its products firmly and inescapably into American mouths.

Most controversial was Spurlock's final physical analysis. He suffered from fatty deposits affecting his liver function, plus psychological effects like mood swings, attributed to the manufactured chemicals flowing from so much processed food.

The American obesity epidemic, now widely recognized, would have entered our national dinner-table conversation even if Spurlock hadn't made his film. That he did, though, ensured the topic would stay smack in the public square. Nominated for an Oscar for Documentary Feature, 'Super Size Me' was Spurlock's not-so-lean ticket to the big time.

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