What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mansome, a documentary by Morgan Spurlock, examines the male urge to primp and groom and how that impacts a guy's "manliness." The movie is more of a comedy than an actual exploration of anything; some experts are interviewed, but many of the other subjects are comedians or people who groom themselves regularly. There's very little nudity, but there is a sexual subtext to the "grooming" theme; men who groom may simply be trying to attract mates and procreate. Some of the strongest words are bleeped out, but "f--k" and "s--t" are both heard, as are references to various body parts. Mansome is somewhat funny, but ultimately it feels fairly lightweight.
- Families can talk about Mansome's theme. Is it OK for boys to be concerned about their body image? How much is too much (or too little)?
- Is this movie informative, entertaining, or both? Why do you think Spurlock chose to interview comedians as well as experts?
- Does Mansome make you want to start grooming or taking better care of your body? How?
- Does the movie make fun of its subjects? When is and isn't it appropriate to poke fun at someone else?