Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Those new episodes of Arrested Development won’t be hitting Netflix til sometime next year, but in the meantime you can content yourself with watching Will Arnett and Jason Bateman enjoy an epic spa day that’d be worthy of Lucille Bluth.
Titled Mansome, the new documentary by Morgan Spurlock sees Arnett, Bateman, and other paragons of masculinity exploring the eternal question of what makes a man a man, through the prism of modern-day male grooming rituals from beard maintenance to back waxing to posh mani-pedis. Several of Arnett and Bateman’s other comedy pals show up, including Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, and the Old Spice Guy (a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa). Check out the trailer after the jump.
Spurlock seems a bit late to the metrosexual trend, but maybe he was just waiting for extravagant facial hair to come back in style before launching his investigation into masculine beauty standards and self-image. In any case, Mansome promises to be the most entertaining look at male body waxing since Steve Carell braved the beauty parlor in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Mansome will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, and will then begin rolling into cities across the country on May 18.
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.”