A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In some ways Mansome urges male viewers to simply "be themselves," and reassures them that if they do so, people will appreciate them. The movie seems to make fun of the people who spend a great deal of time grooming themselves but implies that a little grooming is OK.
Positive Role Models
Nobody in Mansome seems to have a reasonable answer to the question: Are males too aware of their appearance? The movie's main subjects -- those who've gone too far in their quest for a pleasing or notable physical appearance -- appear to be the objects of ridicule.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A great deal of innuendo, as related to the concept of physical appearance. Males groom themselves, Mansome says, so that they can attract a mate and procreate. Several references to the notion of "attracting" mates for the purpose of sex, as well as references to porn. But there's very little actual nudity aside from a male wrestler's partially exposed buttocks.
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Some of the language is bleeped out, but it's fairly obvious what's being said. And other uses of words like "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "douchebag," "pubes," "balls," "anal," "scrotum," and "gonads," aren't bleeped at all.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mansome, a documentary by Morgan Spurlock, examines the male urge to primp and groom and how that impacts a guy's "manliness." The movie is more of a comedy than an actual exploration of anything; some experts are interviewed, but many of the other subjects are comedians or people who groom themselves regularly. There's very little nudity, but there is a sexual subtext to the "grooming" theme; men who groom may simply be trying to attract mates and procreate. Some of the strongest words are bleeped out, but "f--k" and "s--t" are both heard, as are references to various body parts. Mansome is somewhat funny, but ultimately it feels fairly lightweight. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Spurlock is better known for his funny "gimmick" documentaries than for any kind of professional journalism; Mansome is arguably his most insignificant, lightweight effort to date. Never mind that it doesn't provide any answers; it barely even asks a question. Spurlock clearly pads out the running time with interviews with various comedians, including improvised sequences of Jason Bateman and Will Arnett at a spa.
Even the segments with the actual interviewees, such as a professional "beardsman," go on too long. Not to mention that Spurlock seems to increasingly find fault with his subjects the longer they remain on camera. The movie subtly ridicules them in an underhanded way, pointing out their narcissism and arrogance rather than their humanity or insecurities. The celebrity guests, of course, get more reverential treatment. Some interesting concepts are tossed around, and it's passable entertainment for television, but not worth the price of admission.
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