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Mansome is a threadbare documentary with little insight into modern male maintenance, with useless celebrity interviews padding an already slim runtime. Read critic reviews

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Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Zach Galifianakis and others talk to filmmaker Morgan Spurlock about what it means to be a man in a society obsessed with hair and spa treatments for both sexes.

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  • Apr 18, 2015
    Although the male grooming topic is potentially intriguing (including mustache obsessions, metrosexuals, and competitive beard growing), there is no real focus through the divergent subtopics. Told with humor and a bit of satirized machismo, the documentary is lighthearted and does not offer any significant insight into deeper issues such as male insecurities with body image or cultural pressures on the modern American man. It's pure fluff: light, pleasant and unmemorable. As a "documentary", it's flimsy and undeserving.
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  • Mar 21, 2014
    With little insight into the perplexingly successful Hollywood career of Jason Bateman, "Mansome" is a superficial documentary about how shallow society has become while giving little thought to the cost, except in pricing haircuts. But according to Morgan Spurlock, that's a very good thing, as how else are you supposed to find a mate if you are not looking your very best, according to men's magazines.(Note: I read the New Yorker.) But if all you are going by is looks, then what kind of person will you end up with? Maybe somebody who will shave your back but not somebody who will have it. This is also in a country where we are constantly informed that we are either too skinny or too fat. That's not to mention its long vicious history of racism that continues to inform all sorts of beauty standards even today. And then the movie celebrates the Sikh subject's turning his back on his tradition without worrying about any kind of downside.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    Morgan Spurlock, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman explore men's grooming and its relationship to masculinity. What Mansome could be is an examination of masculinity in modern day pop culture, post-feminist movement. In fact, it could be the documentary version of all the strengths of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. But instead its reliance on extreme reactions to male hair and its profile of a modern-day fop do little to deliver any salient cultural criticism. What emerges are the outliers of our society -- a man with a massive beard and a man who spends more time preening than most birds -- and I finished the film learning nothing new about the macrocosm and learning only dismissible factoids about the microcosm. Overall, Mansome, considering its wealth of talent, doesn't live up to its potential.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2013
    This wasn't as funny as I had hoped it would be. I also don't really see what the point of it was, as it didn't really tell me anything I hadn't already known or could have easily found out on my own. It wasn't boring though, not exactly. But it wasn't all that entertaining either. What did this movie teach me? It's totally normal for two men to go to the spa together. Total heterosexuality.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer

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