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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

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Australia, United States
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2010

1h 37m

Director Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr
Starring Joe Cross, Phil Riverstone, Amy Badberg, Merv Cross

Genre Documentary

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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health.

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Village Voice by

Virtually every documentary cliché from the past decade finds its way into this account of director Joe Cross's weight-loss odyssey, a retread-reversal of "Super Size Me" right down to the cheesy animation.
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Time Out by Nick Schager

A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.
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Variety by Ronnie Scheib

With Cross jump-starting others on a liquid road to health, this glorified infomercial could saturate latenight TV after its April 1 bow.

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