|Directed by||Morgan Spurlock|
|Distributed by||MPI Home Video|
Mansome looks at male identity as it is expressed through grooming methods.
Definition of mansome
The term mansome is a neologism in popular culture. The documentary Mansome attempts to clarify exactly what makes a man "mansome".
To groom or not to groom
The film follows three men (in addition to Spurlock), each with completely different opinions on facial hair and the act of grooming.
- Jack Passion is viewed by some as America's greatest beardsman, and is the only American to ever win first place at the German Beard and Moustache Championships. He is also a multiple world champion in the “Natural Full Beard” category. In Mansome, Passion expresses his belief that a man's natural state is to be bearded, and therefore should be embraced. He even goes so far as to say that those who are clean-shaven are stuck in perpetual boyhood.
- In contrast, Ricky Manchanda is a fashion buyer who believes that proper grooming includes being clean-shaven and perfect. He gets his eyebrows threaded, is a proponent for moisturizing to avoid dry skin and wrinkles, and takes approximately an hour and a half to get ready in the morning.
- Shawn Daivari, a pro wrestler, portrays the extreme grooming requirements imposed by his profession.
On the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 25% "Rotten" rating, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 10. On Metacritic, the film received a metascore of 35 out of 100. The staff of The A.V. Club named it one of the worst movies of 2012, criticizing it as "absolutely insufferable, a shabby excuse for a documentary that sadistically stretches to feature length a premise that would barely support a two-minute short."
The Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Richard Roeper gave the film three stars, calling it "a typically whimsical documentary". He noted that "There’s a certain late-to-the-party aspect to “Mansome,” as if Spurlock has just discovered the metrosexual trend of what, 15 years ago?".