Monday, April 15, 2013


Release Date: 2012
Production Company: Dumbdumb Entertainment, Electus, Warrior Poets
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Run time: 84 minutes
Seen on: Netflix Watch Instantly
Mansome is a 2012 film by director Morgan Spurlock, perhaps best known for Academy Award nominated Super Size Me.  This film takes a humorous look at men's grooming in today's society.  The film is not ground-breaking: it covers trends such as beard competitions and the personal grooming habits of a professional wrestler.  It includes interviews with John Waters, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis.  The film is forgettable, but not necessarily one to skip.  It's a film where you don't necessarily have to give all of your attention 100% of the time.

However, I think it could have been improved.  There is a schtick between Will Arnett and Jason Bateman at a spa that runs throughout the film.  I would have been interested in more content from the "talking heads," such as the cultural anthropologist, Dr. Helen Fisher.  But maybe that's just me.  This is a film that doesn't seem to take itself overly seriously.  That's good, because a pious film about beard grooming and eyebrow threading might just be too much for me.

Overall, a watchable film, but not groundbreaking or revolutionary.

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