By flexing my muscles for the world to see, does that make me a real guy? Or do I need to grow a Santa Claus-like beard to be a true man. Living in the twenty-first century shows that everyone has been given more ideas for their bodies. We live in an era where it’s okay for a guy to spend a lot of time in front of a mirror, even if someone claims their losing their masculinity. Like how feminism has taught that women can do anything, our society has presented an age of men that are free from one image or the other. But is there an image that stands as the acceptable kind?
In Mansome, male identity is explored through the eyes of many people, including Jason Bateman and Will Arnett (who are also executive producers). As a guy, I feel it’s safe to say that feminism has brought us down. Women should be allowed to do anything, but this has left most men without anything to say. If a group of men were to try and start their own “masculinism” group, they would be accused of sexist ideas.
Morgan Spurlock directs this comic exploration of what it means to be a guy. Spurlock has created many great documentaries like Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. What made those special was that he would explore these ideas himself, and bring a sense of humor with him. It seems like that for Mansome, he decided to point and shoot. Gone is his presence in favor of more celebrity interviews. While some interviews with Adam Carolla and Zach Galifianakis are funny, they don’t really add much to the documentary. I don’t know if this was the decision of the producers or the director, but they only serve to add screen time.
In the documentary, we look into different grooming styles that are different definitions of masculinity. Jack Passion is a champion beardsman who has won worldwide championships (which I didn’t even know existed). He looks like a member of ZZ Top, but he was probably the most interesting person of the bunch. Ricky Manchanda is the editor in chief of a fashion magazine and spends over an hour and a half to get ready in the morning. As he’s getting his eyebrows waxed, we learn about his high school drama that made him who he is. Theres even a segment on wresters that have surprisingly large grooming standards.
Having said that, Mansome is more fun then insightful. At last I’ve found a film that gives me permission to be whatever the hell kind of guy I want to be. There is some ideas that could have been explored more, such as the history or even the kinds of jobs only men can take on. Being that the movie is intentionally funny, I’ll let it pass and recommend it.
This gets four beard hats out of five. I have no plans to grow one, because I like the guy I am. If I enter the national beardsman competition, I would be barred from ever coming back.