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Fast Food Nation

[cert 15, 116 mins]

Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear), successful marketing executive, has recently joined the boardroom at hamburger chain Mickey's when he is asked to follow up worrying test results on the content of their burgers. His investigations lead him from the Uni Globe meat processing plant to a number of shocking revelations about the company's production practices. In the same town, two Mexican sisters, illegal immigrants to the US, struggle to make a living and rely on the meat production industry for their family's income. Meanwhile Amber, top student, conscientious citizen and Mickey's employee, struggles with her conscience and her job as she begins to get a political education from her uncle (Ethan Hawke), and her college friends. Don's journey only takes him so far as he learns in a meeting that his job could be at risk if he reveals what his learned. The closing scene is of him announcing at a marketing meeting the next product in the Mickey's range.

Still of a lady taking an order in a fast-food restaurant

Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, Bruce Willis, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear

Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers

Subjects: Citizenship, Economics, Film Studies, General Studies, Media Studies

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