The Final Member (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Final Member (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Final Member refuses to coast on its provocative subject matter, delivering an engrossing documentary of economic length and impressive depth.

Movie Info

Paris has the Louvre. London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland-a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle-boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Siguršur "Siggi" Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses four decades worth of mammalian members, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every "thing" in between. But, lamentably, Siggi's collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. Siggi's world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi soon discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared. In their debut feature film, Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math follow Siggi on his dogged, often emotional quest to complete his exhibition in a peculiar, yet startlingly relatable, story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small). (c) Drathousemore
Rating: R (for phallic images, sexual references, graphic nudity and brief language)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Jun 17, 2014
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Critic Reviews for The Final Member

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

Even though the running time is short, the movie feels stretched out. Perhaps the curious subject matter would have been better served in, er, short form.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The subject of an eccentric new documentary, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is devoted to preserving the male genitalia of mammals.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A little slow and a whole heap surreal, "The Final Member" documents the search for that last specimen with a twinkle in its eye and warmth in its tone.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

[C]ould easily be nothing but snickers and mockery, but the directors offer a work filled with warmth, humor and humanism.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The Final Member boasts a stranger-than-fiction subject so odd and funny it almost couldn't miss. But Bekhor and Math make the film much more than a limp gag.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

This film demonstrates the supreme emotional effectiveness of a simple quest narrative.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Final Member


The story itself wasn't as compelling as I hoped but the people involved certainly are a bit fascinating.

Tim Greene

I didn't see the point in this documentary. Yes it's bizarre to collect penises, but does it have any impact on the world we know. To me this only serves the purpose to create laughs and makes you make funny expressions to what you see.

Strange documentary about something that really shouldn't be so strange. A man's quest to complete the only penis museum in the world.

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