When the Tribeca 2012 Festival line-up got announced, I was initially surprised to see a new documentary from Morgan Spurlock. After all, he was just coming off The Greatest Movie Ever Sold last year and gearing up to release his Comic-Con doc, but I suppose it should be no surprise the man works as hard as he does. His latest feature, Mansome, follows the often unspoken topic of male grooming.
Variety reports that the film has been picked up by Paladin, the distributor behind Tom Shadyac’s I Am. They plan a release in May for the film that is produced by Arrested Development stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, who also appear in the doc alongside Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, Judd Apatow and John Waters. Tribeca also has the first three clips from the film, which can be seen below while we await news on Spurlock’s next film, supposedly his first fiction narrative project.
Wild chops, muttons, and handlebars are not just gamey cuts of meat or motorcycle accessories anymore. They are terms in a manscaping lexicon that celebrate hairy achievements in an age when guys seem to care more about trimming their chin curtains and waxing their backs than growing chest hair. With today’s men getting just as many spa treatments as women, and with a slew of new products aiming to freshen and sculpt all manly parts, does all this newfound grooming influence the age-old question of what it means to be a man, or have dudes just finally succumbed to human hygiene?
Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and executive producers Ben Silverman, Will Arnett, and Jason Bateman present a delightfully entertaining documentary exploring the current state of mandom in America and beyond. Traveling to traditional barbershops and trend-savvy salons across the country and attending an international beard contest in Austria, Spurlock shows us the art of being a man is taken to new hilarious levels. Complete with candid interviews from Arnett, Bateman, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, and lots of everyday people, Spurlock sets out to uncover the true secrets of being “mansome.”
Mansome premieres on April 21st during Tribeca and then hits theaters May 18th.
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