Fashion Documentary – Mansome
Welcome back to the Summer of Fashion Documentaries! This week we are looking at Mansome. (You can find this documentary streaming on Netflix.)
Okay, so this isn’t technically a fashion documentary. However, I was very interested in a film that addressed the beauty industry from a male point of view.
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If you are interested in learning about the history of men’s beards. Mansome asks some very interesting questions including, “what does masculinity look like?” “what does being a man today mean?” and, “can you tell a person’s character from they way they look?” yet, doesn’t delve into the answers. Or even too far into the questions. It does spend about 80% of the film talking about beards, though, and includes a lengthy interview with competitive beardsman, Jack Passion. (Yeah, there are people who grow beards competitively.)
Also included are interviews with some A-game gents including Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, Adam Carolla, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis. Yet, director / writer Morgan Spurlock doesn’t really do anything with these top names. I had a similar feeling regarding the Halston documentary – you have all of these solid people who agreed to be a part of the film – USE THEM. Yet, interviews are campy and don’t delve too far into real commentary.
Skip this Documentary
If you have anything else to do.
Can You Watch This While Doing Other Stuff?
There are a handful of fun / interesting moments – Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis are hilarious every time they are on camera. Jack Passion punches someone who dares to grab his beard (which is at the heart of his identity). And, questions posed regarding masculinity are extremely intriguing. This film just falls short of becoming anything more than vignettes about body hair.
Running Time: 82 minutes (released 2012)
You can find our next documentary,Masters of Style Alexander McQueen on hulu.