SF IndieFest 2014
By Don Simpson | February 7, 2014
Director: Chadd Harbold
Writer: Chadd Harbold, Bryan Gaynor, Gavin McInnes
Starring: Gavin McInnes, Liam Aiken, Megan Neuringer, Marisa Redanty, Helen Rogers, Jasmine Osborne, Dario Barosso, Lloyd DeLeon, Samantha Massell, Mike Keller, Nigel DeFriez, Paulo Costanzo, Nicole Balsam, Brian Petsos
Former stand-up comedian Mark McCarthy (Gavin McInnes) has a rare form of cancer — the highly emasculating, male breast cancer. In preparation for his rapidly approaching death, Mark really wants to make a documentary for his unborn son about what it means to be a man. Manhood is very important to Mark, and passing along some tricks of the trade is precisely what fathers are supposed to do, right?
Thanks to the magical powers of Facebook, an aspiring young director, Bryan (Liam Aiken), responds to Mark’s plea for a camera operator. Mark immediately presumes that Bryan is in desperate need of a boost of manliness, and being that Bryan is young enough to be his son, Mark ends up with two distinct audiences for his crude monologues.
Luckily for us, Mark does not just wave his dick around for 90 minutes in a masturabatory exercise of unbridled masculine bravado. Mark is a genuinely troubled individual who has presumably been sent into an existential tailspin by the impending birth of his first child. Mark’s documentary about manhood is merely just an excuse for him to relive his youth one last time before he dies…or becomes a father, whichever comes first. It probably has something to do with male breast cancer, but Mark obviously has the desire to prove to somebody (himself) that he is still a man. Of course Mark goes about it [mostly] the wrong way, but that is the point of How To Be a Man. By lecturing his unborn son and Bryan about the finer points of manhood, Mark discovers what it truly means to be a man and a positive role model. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly some glimmering sparkles of wisdom in Mark’s testosterone-fueled monologues, such as his ingeniously hilarious lecture about his secrets to cunnilingus. That’s right, cunnilingus. If that offends you, then How To Be a Man is most likely not the film for you — but you prudes are really missing out.