Saturday, May 19, 2012

'Mansome' Tackles a Hairy Issue


Jason Bateman and Will Arnett have a running gag
throughout the new documentary, "Mansome."

Photo credit:  
Warrior Poets

Mansome” is the latest documentary by Morgan Spurlock, the father of “Supersize Me” and “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” The never-ending question of what it means to be a man is explored in hair. It tackles each hairy issue one at a time including:
  • Moustache
  • Beard
  • Head
  • Products
  • Body Hair
  • Overall Image
This is a very entertaining and curiously intriguing film. The tone of the documentary is tongue-in-cheek, and is difficult to tell how just how serious some of the men featured in it are. Throughout the light-hearted film, comments are given from celebrities, doctors, therapists and everyday people-on-the-street about their thoughts about all these important pressing issues. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett do a running bit about visiting a spa and talking about each of these issues.

Unlike his other movies, Spurlock is only featured in a portion of this film. He is seen during the moustache portion. As you recall, Spurlock has had a unique mustache for quite a while now and that is pretty much how everyone remembers seeing him. In the film, he debates whether or not if he should shave it off. Most men can relate to the tension that comes with the decision to shave or not to shave. He decides to give it a try since he can always grow it back. When his son notices for the first time, he freaks out and makes his dad where a “back up” plastic mustache.

In the beard segment, Jack Passion is a “beard champion” who shares his “training” tips and how he stays in shape. He says every line with such a straight face that it is hard to know if he is serious or not. He compares beard competitions to body building contests, and he may not be far off. There are also some scenes that show total strangers walking up to this man and yanking on his beard to see if it is real or not.

During the body hair segment, the story focuses on Shawn Daivari, a pro-wrestler, who was born very hairy. He has to shave almost his entire body frequently and needs to get the help of others who are not too thrilled with the job.

The final segment is about Ricky Manchanda, who is quite handsome and doesn’t shy away from getting pedicure, manicures and eyebrow waxing but it is never enough. He is seen talking to a plastic surgeon about what other facial features he should change. It’s an odd mix of a man who sounds very secure in himself and yet must not be to be so consumed with correcting any flaws that he has.

The last segment could hold the strongest message to the film. That men, just like women, can get so caught up on the little things in life, that we miss the bigger, more important things.
(Originally posted on Examiner.com)


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