Most of us would be full and ready for a nap after downing two or three hot dogs. The men and women in Barry Rothbart and Jeff Cerulli's 2014 documentary, Hungry, are never full. In fact, they've turned overeating into a competitive sport, or even a job, and it has become so big that the contests are held in stadiums and covered by ESPN. Equal parts engrossing and just plain gross, the movie follows top-ranked eaters from Huntington Beach to Coney Island as they compete and train, which involves drinking gallons of water to expand their stomachs, and then vomiting gushing amounts over toilets and trash cans. They have nicknames such as “The Lunatic,” “Crazy Legs” and “El Wingadore.” The most notable is Japan's Takeru “Kobi” Kobayashi, and today, you can meet the human Hoover at Cinefamily's My Lunch With Kobayashi, followed by the L.A. premiere of Hungry, with the directors in attendance. At only 132 pounds, the sport's biggest star has won the famous July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest six years in a row, and he holds loads of other world titles and records: 110 hot dogs, 93 hamburgers, 337 wings, 106 tacos, 57 cow brains. Now that's food for thought. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, Fairfax District; Sat., Aug. 30, 11:45 a.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Sat., Aug. 30, 11:45 a.m., 2014
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