‘Food’ for thought

Linklater takes aim at meat industry

NEW YORK — Were those really hamburgers piled high on a tray at the afterparty for “Fast Food Nation,” Richard Linklater‘s cautionary tale about the meatpacking business?

“Don’t worry, they’re veggie burgers,” a waiter assured with a sly smile.

But not all the food was vegetarian: Carefully prepared finger foods such as miniature smoked-chicken wraps and salmon on fingerling potatoes were also on order at the pic’s Gotham premiere, held Thursday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

Preem drew crowds eager to cheer interlocking fictional stories of the forces who supply and work at “Mickey’s,” a thinly veiled stand-in for McDonald’s.Despite the superficial similarities to “Super Size Me,” filmmakers took pains to point out the difference between the films. “Morgan Spurlock made a really good film about the people who eat the burgers,” Schlosser said. “This is a film about the people who bring you those burgers.”

With several graphic shots of cows being slaughtered, film aims to help change the way Americans, especially younger people, look at fast food. Linklater acknowledged that the R rating would make it difficult to reach some teens and suggested part of the responsibility lay with the MPAA. “You can chop off human heads all day and only get a PG-13,” he said. “But you show an animal’s head and that probably gets you an R.”

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