That Sugar Film Review

Film Review by Andy Box
That Sugar Film

The Premise
One man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.

The Review

Mr. Sugar’s bitter sweet symphony lacks verve.
‘That Sugar Movie’ is a mash up of ‘Super Size Me’ (2004) and the more recent ‘Fed Up’ (2014) sprinkled with some Australian originality and humour.  If you have seen both of those documentaries then simply substitute Mcdonalds for sugar, Morgan Spurlock for Damon Gameau and the film should be pretty self-explanatory.

Gameau writes, directs and narrates his way through 90 minutes of regurgitated information about sugar whilst subjecting his body and diet to an increased (hidden) sugar intake for 60 days from supposedly every day healthy foods. To be fair to Damon he does a good job at presenting the facts about sugar in an entertaining way and using the experts from ‘Fed Up’ and some of his own to add weight to his social experiment.

This movie will appeal to parents and health educators who are trying to get a message across to a perhaps unconvinced audience. If you have children that have a high sugar intake (in particular soft drinks) then the Mountain Dew dentist scene’s are a must see; but it is certainly not for the feint hearted.

This is the kind of movie that everyone should be made to watch and that governments should buy and put out to its communities for free to maximize exposure of the clear message within. Yeah right like that’s going to happen.

The Verdict
An enjoyable albeit unoriginal documentary that showcases the likable and talented Gameau.  

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 7th May 2015
Rating: PG – Contains coarse language and nudity
Duration: 97 minutes 
Genre:  Documentary
Starring: Damon Gameau, Richard Davies, Skylar Delphinus
Director: Damon Gameau, (Debut Feature Film)