Fast Food Nation takes a look at how the fast food industry affects people's lives and by doing so examines fast food culture, corporate america and illegal immigration. It is based on Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book of the same title.
I don't know why I got the impression this movie was a comedy because it's not. It's a DRAMA about how corporations control our lives and the lengths that they will go to in order to maintain their profit margin. Richard Linklater capably directs an ensemble cast, letting you follow each one, almost like a documentary.
Sometimes funny, at other times ironic or tragic, Fast Food Nation is ultimately quite depressing. Even though each character's life is changed by the end of the movie - some for good, others for bad, there is this feeling of hopelessness - the impossibility of taking on the corporate american behemoth.
I don't eat a lot of fast food but I can't bring myself to eat a Big Mac after watching this movie, especially because of the last 10 minutes.