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30 Days (S1)
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Jul 25, 2006 By: Sturdy
30 Days (S1) order
Director:
Morgan Spurlock

Actors:
Morgan Spurlock

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Average Americans are taken out of their element and put into an uncomfortable situation for 30 days.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’ve decided to breakdown all six episodes of the first season of 30 DAYS and discuss them separately. Each episode is almost like a mini movie and each one hits and misses on different levels. The key to all of them is the main character. If the main person is interesting and genuine, then the episode works. If not, the show fails. The one constant is Morgan Spurlock. I’m a huge fan of his and I wanted even more involvement from him during the shows.

Minimum Wage (4.5): This is the best of the bunch because we get to follow Morgan and his fiancee around while they try to live on minimum wage. I really liked watching Morgan and Alex because they are so much fun to watch. This episode proves a point better than the others and it’s well worth the time.

Anti-aging (2): This is by far the worst episode in the first season. We follow a man around while he takes pills and hormone shots to look young again. I’m not a doctor, but he could look ten years younger if he would ditch his obnoxious hag of a wife. She is absolutely impossible to stomach for 30 minutes so I don’t know how he deals with her all day every day. And the show lacks a point and feels out of place with the others.

Muslims and America (3.5): Here we watch a white Christian live with a Muslim in a highly Muslim populated American city. This is really neat to watch and it does a fine job of proving a point without coming off preachy. This episode could have been much longer because there are so many aspects to explore. David is a likeable guy and seems very genuine, which makes this episode work well.

Straight Man in a Gay World (4): A straight Christian male lives with a gay man in San Francisco for 30 days. This is also a very good episode that proves a point and shows a change in the views of an average American. Ryan is a good guy that moves the episode along well and is open to the world around him.

Off the Grid (2): Two energy-dependant people live in an isolated conservation community for 30 days. This is frustrating because the woman (Jihari) is incredibly annoying for the first half, but eventually comes around and starts accepting the culture. I liked that they tried to show the effects of the average consumer on the environment, but I don’t think locking two people away in the middle of Missouri is the way to do it. It’s too easy to pass the “Dancing Rabbits” off as nuts.

Binge Drinking Mom (2): A suburban housewife binge drinks to prove a point to her college daughter. This is the only one where the person being followed learns nothing. Therefore, the episode seems like a waste of time. One problem is that Jessica is a typical whorish teen that’s too stupid to realize the effect of her lifestyle, but will be the first one to cry when something bad does happen to her. I suggest not watching this one unless you like watching stupid college girls act like whores, smack their gum, and publicly humiliate themselves.
THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary on “Minimum Wage”, “Anti-Aging”, “Muslims in America”, and “Straight Man in a Gay World”: All of these commentaries are good because they feature Mr. Spurlock. They also feature the key players in the episodes, which is nice to hear from them after the show. However, if you didn’t like them during the show, you’re not going to like listening to them for 47 minutes.

Diary cam: Each episode has outtakes from the diary cam. Again, if you liked the characters, you’ll like these. However, none of them offer any juicy details, but it was nice to see some things that the characters were thinking that we didn’t get to see during the episode.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’m not sure how much longer Morgan Spurlock is going to be able to continue this series because eventually he’ll run out of ideas and at that point, I’m afraid the show will get silly. However, for now the show is very interesting and it’s great as a conversation starter.
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