"Mansome,"Morgan Spurlock's documentary examining male vanity and self-image, feels exceedingly random and disorganized, even though it's divided into chapters and keeps a consistency of observers throughout. There's no real center to the film's potentially insightful topic, with Spurlock never zeroing in on a cohesive message.
Instead, the filmmaker and humorist, perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated fast-food exposé "Super Size Me" (so you know he has the chops to do better), offers mostly skin-deep snapshots of various men and their grooming habits.
His subjects include a manscaping pro wrestler, a champion beardsman, a Yonkers "hair replacement specialist" and the creator of a men's hygiene product. Even Spurlock himself shows up to ceremoniously shave his trademark mustache. But it's only when the cameras turn on an obsessively metrosexual ex-Sikh that some actual emotional depth peeks through.
Spurlock also marks time with tepid input from a few sociologists and style experts, along with unfunny commentary from such usually amusing actors as Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.