Sam Cullman
Owen Gleiberman
October 17, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

King Corn

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
88 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/12/07
director
Aaron Woolf
distributor
Balcony
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Aaron Woolf’s we-are-what-we-eat documentary King Corn is a lively introduction to the corn industrial complex. Like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, it’s about how corn, raised on vast corporate farms, has become the starchy DNA of American diets, whether it’s fattening up cattle or processed into the high-fructose corn syrup that greases everything from soft drinks to spaghetti sauce. Woolf follows two college chums as they go to Iowa to harvest one acre of yellow ears, which they then trace through the system. You’ll be amazed to learn how much corn is in your system. A-

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