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Film Fest 2011 - POM Wonderful presents


POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
USA 2011
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Producers: Jeremy Chilnick, Abbie Hurewitz
Screenplay: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock
Photography: Daniel Marracino
Editor: Thomas M. Vogt
Music: Jon Spurney

With: Morgan Spurlock, Ben Silverman, Brett Ratner, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Quentin Tarantino, Brian Steinberg, Robert Weissman, Donald Trump

Festivals: Sundance, SXSW 2011

88 minutes

"Don't tell Spurlock he can't have his cake and eat it too - He gleefully accepts his sponsorships on camera just to show you how wrong this all is." - Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

The man who risked cardiovascular meltdown to illustrate the perils of a trip to McDonald's now risks being iced as a total sell-out for his ingenious assault on the billion-dollar business of product placement in Hollywood. As its title surely warns, Morgan Spurlock's POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is the most riotously upfront assemblage of mismatched brand endorsements you're likely to encounter outside morning television. (Anyone for Mane 'n Tail, the horse-human crossover shampoo?) When the fearless documentarian isn't glugging POM Wonderful, applying Ban deodorant or flying JetBlue, he's revelling in the meetings, the brand consultations, the pitches and the deals that enabled him to entirely fund his exposé of product placement from product placements. Marketing researchers consulted during his campaign identify the Spurlock brand personality as 'playful/mindful'. There's entertainment aplenty in discovering who can (and who cannot) be persuaded to buy into the Spurlock roadshow - and what they are willing to pay to be so thoroughly exposed. - BG
"Most of the movie's substance consists of Mr Spurlock's campaign to find backers& but he also discusses matters of ethics - with such deep thinkers as Noam Chomsky and Donald Trump, and with Ralph Nader, who warns that 'you can satirize and spoof yourself out of your objective.' It's good advice, but Mr Spurlock doesn't need it. He spoofs himself into an exuberant documentary that demonstrates the all-pervasive influence of modern advertising by satiric example, and with great ingenuity." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall St Journal