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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)



Critic Consensus: Its unabashedly positive tone may strike some viewers as disingenuous, but even if Supermensch doesn't tell the whole story, it's an undeniably entertaining one.

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Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn't a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others - a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He even found time to invent the "Celebrity Chef." Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep's imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon's unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more. (C) Radius
R (for language, some sexual references, nudity and drug use)
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Slickly directed by actor Mike Myers, it intersperses Gordon's sunny reminiscences with testimony from an army of A-list clients and celebrity pals. Admittedly, there are great stories here.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It may leave you asking: Why did I just watch that old guy's birthday tape?

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Detroit News
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Yes, there is some gravity in the film, but mostly it's the rock-and-roll story of a rock-and-roll life (even though one of his favorite clients was Canadian folk singer Anne Murray).

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Arizona Republic
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How can you not love this guy, this story?

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For all the love emanating from client-pals Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Emeril Lagasse, and Steven Tyler, there's a sadness to this movie that remains just off camera.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Boston Globe
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Mike Myers makes his directorial debut by chronicling the fascinating life of one of Hollywood's most fabled raconteurs and charismatic talent managers.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Very interesting documentary about a man I'd never heard of yet is clearly one of the most influential/popular people in the entertainment world, he helped create/manage Alice Cooper and several other big acts, helped create the entertainment chef ie Emeril Lagasse, and just knows damn near the biggest names in the acting/music scene, it's quite extraordinary all this one guy was able to do, not a bad directorial debut for Mike Myers, who knows if he'll direct more movies, but this def showed some potential

Daniel Sloyan
Daniel Sloyan

Fine documentary about the life and career of Shep Gordon, a longtime entertainment business manager with ties to several big shots in the industry, and a reputation for being one of the nicest and most genuine guys in a world where many folks turn into cynical jerks. It is a lighthearted film and a decent tribute to Gordon, directed by comedian and actor Mike Myers.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Most of the buzz around this documentary comes from its director: Mike Myers. Out of the spotlight for many years (following several box office bombs) Myers has turned his energy to the world of directing, and in particular to a giant in the industry: Shep Gordon. A man who has managed everyone from Alice Cooper to Emerill Lagasse, this famous manager has a buttload of stories, and is finally given a way to tell them. Read more at

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