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Morgan Spurlock and the World of Male Grooming

MANSOME "Ha! Those rubes actually believe we're making more Arrested Development! What rubes!"

MANSOME "Ha! Those rubes actually believe we're making more Arrested Development! What rubes!"

BEARD-BUILDING is real. It's something people do. It's actually a competitive sport! Can I get out of gym for this?

Thus we know Morgan Spurlock, director of documentaries like Super Size Me and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, is back (weren't you just here last month, Morgs?) with a new fascination. This time he's exploring the world of male grooming, touching on everything from toupee crafting to the body-shaving schedules of those in the WWE.

Mansome was conceived around Spurlock's own porn-style mustache, and the film feels as if—in slowly amassing his cottage industry of novelty documentaries—here Spurlock just let a conversation with Will Arnett go too far. It's a regular Arrested Development reunion: Arnett and Jason Bateman sitting in a bubble bath, competing for who has the lowest voice, is only one example of Spurlock's heavy reliance on interviewing comedians and writers, much as he did in Comic-Con. And it works: John Waters waxes eloquently about his trademark pencil 'stache. Zach Galifianakis deliberately avoids talking about grooming entirely. The first 40 minutes of interviews are totally chucklesauce.

Unfortunately, Mansome is front-loaded. At the 45-minute mark—usually the part of a documentary that contains a point—things begin to slow down because, well, there isn't really a point to Mansome. The clearest opinion in the entire film is when Scott Ian of Anthrax calls beard-building "pretty gay," and I'm confused as to why Spurlock even left that in. That's not a sound bite for an adult filmmaker.

Mansome
Rated PG-13 · 84 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.mansomethemovie.com
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Producer: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Ben Silverman
Cast: Jason Bateman, Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Adam Carolla, Shawn Daivari, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Manchanda, Chris McLaughlin, Jack Passion and Adam Popp

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