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Review: Mansome

Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  May 15, 2012
1.5 1.5 Stars

Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming. The many interesting characters in the manly grooming community provide some entertainment, but the comic, transitional bits between these profiles, featuring executive producers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, are more often stilted than funny. And though a cynical Judd Apatow and a dismissive Adam Carolla offer different opinions on what it means to be a man (according to Western culture, that is), they don't offer much insight into the central topic of "manscaping." The film presents little in the way of historical or cultural recap, and barely discusses the concept of sociological gender performance. It's more about gawking at "professional beardsmen" (sportsman + beard), shaved wrestlers, and metrosexuals getting their eyebrows threaded. I wanted this documentary to have the balls to tell it like it is; instead it's the movie equivalent of a bad hair day.

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