The two best quotes in Morgan Spurlock‘s newest documentary Mansome are the following:
I think you try to look good to meet a woman or you try to look good so the woman doesn’t run away. The “looking good for yourself” I find fucked up.
I think the word “metrosexual” has not caught on. I think it was created to be politically correct so you could say you really into how you looked and make it very clear that you were not gay so it’s kind of an offensive term in some way. It would be lame to talk about yourself in that way.
Those were the two main things (courtesy of Judd Apatow) from this documentary that resonated with me. Everything else was an uneven and oftentimes boring exploration of the world of men’s grooming.
In addition to Apatow, Spurlock interviews celebs such as Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, John Waters, and the dude from the Old Spice commercials to get their take on the current state of men’s grooming. Will Arnett and Jason Bateman (who are also producers of the documentary) are the unofficial “chorus” of the documentary. They are shown in various states of pampering at a luxe spa. They share a couple of jokes before each “act” of the film which consists of the following building blocks of the male grooming: moustache, beard, products, body, hair, face, and man. When you put all of this stuff together, it has the potential for greatness, but in this case, it just turns out to be a cluttered piece of work.
Responsible for bringing us documentaries like Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and the more recent Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Spurlock never fails in putting a fascinating topic under the microscope and cranking out a documentary that is experiential, clever, and unexpectedly riveting. Perhaps that was the problem with Mansome. For one, we don’t really get to experience anything with Spurlock except for a very anti-climactic shave of his mustache. Secondly, the topic of male grooming has been discussed more times than needed. That said, the topic is no longer riveting. Sure, we heard some funny bits and pieces from talking heads, but the stories about a bearded man was barely exciting and following a self-obsessed douchebag is something you can easily do on a Friday night in the Marina District of San Francisco. Spurlock didn’t really bring anything new to the table and it’s kind of hard to make a clever documentary when the source material is tired.
…but I did like Judd Apatow’s quotes. So there’s that.
Mansome is currently playing in select theaters.