YMMV / Super Size Me

  • Anvilicious: Even if you like the film, it's hard to argue against this one.
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: Fast food is bad for your health. The film admits that everyone already knows that, but attempts to show that it's worse than you might think. The doctor at the beginning says that he expects Spurlock to gain some weight, but after a few weeks is begging him to stop the experiment for his own safety. The experiment as a whole just glues together a larger message about making smart food choices.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Watching this film can give some viewers a serious craving for your favorite McDonald's menu item, though other parts of the film, such as Spurlock vomiting a Super-Sized meal out of his car door, might spoil your appetite whoever you are.
  • Ear Worm: The Theme Song
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The segment with Jared Fogle speaking to a crowd of families about weight loss, and one particular mother and daughter praising him for being such an inspiration, is especially hard to take today considering his subsequent arrest and incarceration for possessing child pornography and having sexual relations with minors.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the Happy Meal toys shown in the beginning is from Kim Possible. One of the episodes of the final season is titled "Grande Size Me", dealing with Ron vowing to eat nothing but junk food to disprove the guidelines set by his health class. At first he gains weight with no drawbacks but this is due to accidental exposure to a mutagenic substance. After he is cured, he gives a parody Aesop of steering clear and being responsible around vats of mutagen.
  • Nausea Fuel: Especially when Spurlock vomited his first Super-sized meal.
  • Never Live It Down: The film became this to McDonalds. Even if you haven't seen the film, you've probably at least heard about the sequence of Spurlock struggling to finish his Supersized meal and vomiting it in the parking lot.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: While there's no real denying that this is a bit of a Captain Obvious Aesop (excessive fast food is harmful to your health? Really?), a case can be made for this; the movie does spend a bit of time pointing out the reasons why this is the case, some of which are not what you'd expect. Obesity is also a very serious public health issue in the United States.
  • Squick: Numerous examples.