By CJ Powers -
College humor is no longer restricted to students with the release of this independent raunch-fest production of How To Be A Man. This coming of age film isn’t about a young twenty-something, but instead is about a forty-something finally coming to grips with his life succumbing to cancer. That’s right, it’s a comedy about cancer, sort of. It’s about Mark’s self-diagnosis after finding a lump in one of his “man-boobs”.
In an attempt to prepare his unborn son for life without him, Mark (Gavin McInnes) convinces a student to shoot a documentary of him teaching his son the finer points of life. The segments start out a bit sentimental, but soon turn into lessons on how to handle bullies, deal with flatulence and be a real man. It’s a dark comedy, so a real parent wouldn’t teach any of the techniques that Mark documents.
As the story unfolds, Mark takes his young cinematographer under his wings and teaches him about winning a woman through a sensually explicit explanation that draws the attention of many sitting at the bar. With Mark’s popularity on the rise, he impulsively decides to demonstrate why his son should avoid drugs – taking the film into darker forms of abuse as he demonstrates what not to do.
The repercussions of his choices include being cast out of his home, the loss of the camera and footage, and his once sober friend sent back into rehab. During the delivery of his child, Mark is relieved to learn from a doctor that he doesn’t have breast cancer. He immediately seeks to fix his life and become the best dad he can be, but it may be too late.
The film is filled with absurd and situational humor. The mere fact that Mark’s actions are launched from a false premise provides the cast with a hilarious vehicle. Unfortunately, every time there are some great laughs, you also get an overdose of raunchy, which quickly reduces the fun of the comedic moments. The raunchier the film got, the more absurd and less funny the film became.
The film is Chadd Harbold’s second feature and seems to miss the audience he sets out to entertain. Most of the raunchy college humor doesn’t fit the 40-something audience that McInnes plays to. This juxtaposition between the college audience and Harbold allowing McInnes to indulge his aimless improv, makes the ideal audience for this film a 40-year-old man who loves crude humor and thinks he’s still 20.
Since I don’t know a single man who fits that category, the film will have a hard time finding the right audience. However, if you’d like to see it, the 90-minute feature is available online by clicking here. The film is by Fox Digital Studio and you can watch the trailer by clicking here. The comedy is available to subscribers on Netflix. It can also be purchased on Amazon Instant Video, Xbox and iTunes.