Film Review: Lunch Hour


Lunch Hour

BIRDSTREET PRODUCTIONS

“I know that I don’t wanna eat it, and that I don’t think it’s healthy, but yet I’m serving it to 600 kids,” a frustrated school official tells director James Costa, whose easily digestible 75-minute doc takes a hard look at the National School Lunch Program. Politicians, doctors, and administrators line up to discuss their war on artery-clogging meals, the obesity epidemic, heart disease, and the crap that ends up on kids’ lunch trays. Lunch Hour doesn’t deliver the wallop of, say, Fast Food Nation, but it packs enough outrage to make you dread your child’s daily trip to the cafeteria.

This review originally appeared in our March/April 2014 issue of Mother Jones.

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