Ever wonder how men really feel about their body hair? Or about the difference between shampoo and shower gel? What do Will Arnett and Jason Bateman talk about when they go to the spa together? Is it okay for men to be as conscious of and careful about their bodily upkeep as women? Does the manicure make the man? Get some shocking and hilarious answers to these questions in Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary, Mansome.

Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Morgan Spurlock
  • Screenwriter: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock
  • Producer(s): Jeremy Chilnick, Meri Haitkin, Morgan Spurlock, Michael Ruchton
  • Cast: Morgan Spurlock, Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Judd Apatow

Tribeca Synopsis:

These days, men are getting just as many spa treatments as women. And with a slew of products aiming to freshen and sculpt their manly parts, does this newfound grooming challenge the age-old question of what it means to be masculine? Or have dudes just finally succumbed to human hygiene? Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and executive producers Ben Silverman, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman present a delightfully entertaining documentary exploring the current state of Mandom in America and beyond.

Traveling to traditional barbershops, trend-savvy salons, and even an international beard contest in Austria, Spurlock shows us the art of being a man has been taken to hilarious heights. Complete with candid interviews from Arnett, Bateman, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, and lots of everyday people. Spurlock sets out to uncover the true secrets of being “Mansome.”

The Good:

  • Arrested Development fans will be thrilled to see Bateman and Arnett banter about personal hygiene, grooming, and masculinity as they enjoy a boys’ day at the spa. Galifianakis, Rudd, and Judd Apatow offer equally hilarious insights into their own experiences with body hair, manscaping, and what it means to feel attractive. You will definitely laugh.

The Bad:

  • This is a “documentary” in very loose terms. Some parts feel true, while others feel like sketch comedy bits that are loosely tied to the topic. The combination is a little confusing. Of course, I was expecting some humor, but I was also looking for a more developed message to take me through a journey. This piece doesn’t have a fully formed thesis or revelation, so it was difficult to stay interested for the full 84 minutes.

Overall:

I think Morgan Spurlock started this project with a good idea, but it devolved into a joke for many of its subjects. Luckily, the people being interviewed are some of the funniest on the planet, so the jokes came out great!

I enjoyed the more serious examination of metro-sexuality, and I was interested to learn about the psychology behind that. But I didn’t feel the individual stories built on each other to produce an overarching message from the film.

This female writer might hazard a guess that this documentary ended up a comedy because men get uncomfortable talking about personal hygiene and receding hairlines. But that might be a little too harsh…

Rating: 3/10