How to Be a Man is a 2013 comedy starring Gavin McInnes and directed by Chadd Harbold. It’s about a guy who makes an instructional video about how to be a man for his unborn son when he finds out that he’s dying of male breast cancer. It’s one of the most raunchy and hilarious comedies that I’ve ever seen. It’s an indie film that flew under the radar so don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard about it. I only heard about it from a friend who stumbled upon it on Netflix and he wouldn’t shut up about it until I finally watched it. I’m glad that I did.
Gavin McInnes plays Mark McCarthy, a washed-up comedian who finds a breast lump and is suddenly faced with his mortality. He decides the best thing to do is film a video with words of advice for his unborn son. He enlists the help of Bryan (played by Liam Aiken), the son of a slutty girl that he once knew, and they start to film Mark’s various lessons that range from smelling farts to cunnilingus. Along the way, Mark helps transform Bryan into a man and Bryan helps Mark become less of a selfish douchebag.
The cast is largely unknown, but Gavin McInnes is most famous for being the co-founder of the magazine Vice. You might remember a young Liam Aiken co-starring with Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts in Stepmom or alongside Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I don’t want to go too crazy with plot details, so I will just wrap up this review by recommending this film to anybody who likes gross-out juvenile man humor. It’s not classy and it’s not trying to be. Watch this movie; you’ll be glad you did.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young