May 22, 2012
Man (and Film) in Search of Meaning
"Mansome" never seems to find its center. The film is structured around aspects of men's appearance: the moustache, the beard, the body, etc. But it fails to actually address any of these as they apply to modern men. Rather, much like a travelogue, "Mansome" takes us to visit extreme examples within the genre (dudes with ZZ Top-style beards; an obsessively driven self-proclaimed "metrosexual," etc.) and ignores the vast majority of men and the sociological implications of how we groom. Worse yet, the movie relies on marginally entertaining talking-heads to pick up the slack. Yes, Paul Rudd in likeable; Zach Galfianakis is funny; but what do either of these guys have to offer on the topic beside their own vapid opinions?
Spurlock is such a talented documentarian. This time, however, he missed the mark, providing neither great entertainment nor significant meaning. A shame, considering the wealth of unexplored material lingering in the average man's Dopp kit.
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