Fast Food Nation
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Featuring: Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, Luis Guzman, See full list
Description: As a marketing executive for Mickey’s Fast Food Restaurant chain, Don Henderson has a relatively vague understanding of his company’s daily operations. When a discovery is made that the latest supply of meat for the restaurant’s most popular burger, “The Big One,” is highly contaminated with fecal matter, Don is sent out to Colorado to investigate at the meat packing plant. The clean and efficient factory he is shown, however, actually serves as a disguise for what goes on behind the scenes. The real plant is staffed with illegal immigrants, who work under conditions nearly as atrocious as the ones the cattle have to endure before their eventual slaughter. Among those employed immigrants are Raul (Wilmer Valderrama), Coco (Ana Claudia Talancón), and Sylvia (Catalina Sandino Moreno), who have crossed the Mexican-American border only recently in search of the American dream. Meanwhile, high school student Amber (Ashley Johnson) and her group of classmates have planned out a way to sabotage the local outlets of the restaurant chain they despise so much, which may cause Amber some problems since she works behind the counter of a Mickey’s. As the lives of these and other characters begin to intertwine, Don moves closer to discovering the real legacy of Mickey’s and the effect fast food has on society.