Movie Review: Mansome
Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman
There's a good idea at the heart of "Mansome," a documentary that purports to dive into the deep, if underexplored, waters of men's body-image issues.
Our granddads may have known what a man should look like but today that certainty is up for debate. Body hair or manscaping? Facial fur or clean shaven? Abs or flab?
Unfortunately, most of the questions raised go unanswered in this shallow, half-hearted film, the latest from documentarian Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") and produced by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Judd Apatow. You certainly expect better considering its manly lineage.
"Mansome" consists of guy-talk from Bateman, Arnett, Apatow and their Hollywood buddies (Adam Carolla, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis) interspersed with various talking heads (including the Old Spice guy) as well as profiles of a guy who enters beard contests, a guy who makes custom hairpieces, a guy who's a pro wrestler, and a guy who's become a complete narcissist in his quest for physical perfection.
But they just come off as eccentrics, not emblematic of something deeper.
Completely ignored are issues of men's eating disorders or how race and culture might affect how men view themselves (most of those interviewed are white and seemingly from the coasts). Even worse, considering who the filmmakers are, it's not even particularly funny — though John Waters provides a couple of chuckles.
What a disappointment.