Movie Review: MANSOME

(l to r): Will Arnett, Jason Bateman

Release date: May 18, 2012
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Screenplay by: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock
Featuring: Morgan Spurlock, Zach Galifianakis, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Adam Carolla, Judd Apatow
Rating: not rated
Running Time: 84 minutes

Mansome is a mullet. Neither long hair nor short; neither here nor there. This Morgan Spurlock documentary about modern masculine grooming habits is neither all-out funny nor seriously thought-provoking. To mangle that famous quote by Gertrude Stein: “There is no hair there.”

With frequent contributions by such fun-sters as Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, as well as opinions proffered from Judd Apatow (the go-to King of Male Comedies himself), we can’t help but expect a lighter look at such topics as ear hair.

On the other sideburn, while some of the film is informative, there’s just not enough going on that’s all that, um, hair-raising. In contrast, Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair provides such great material, and humor, that Mansome looks all the more like the Supercuts alternative.

Spurlock constructs his film around a visit to a high-end day spa for the erstwhile fictional brothers of Arrested Development (and Mansome executive producers) Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. Bookended by their visit, the film checks back in with them from time to time as they get facials and massages, soak in a tub, etc, all the while discussing various concepts of grooming.

[For the full review, and Kimberly's, um, cutting rating, please click here]

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