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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Silly, shallow documentary on men's grooming habits.

Movie PG-13 2012 82 minutes
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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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