Unhung Hero (Movie) Review
Easy to watch
Not so much?
Unhung Hero is a documentary (or “cockumentary”, as this movie is self described) covering the story of Pat Moote, who gained notoriety by having his proposal of marriage rejected in front of a crowd which subsequently turned into a viral YouTube video.
Unhung Hero is like a dream come true for my inner twelve year old. Why wouldn’t twelve year old me want to write a report where I could legitimately make a bunch of dick jokes and innuendos? Despite my deepest desires to do so though, I’m going to attempt to keep this somewhat professional.
Unhung Hero is a documentary (or “cockumentary”, as this movie is self described) covering the story of Pat Moote, who gained notoriety by having his proposal of marriage rejected in front of a crowd which subsequently turned into a viral YouTube video. According to Moote, one of the reasons he was given for being declined was his inadequate endowment, so he examines his “shortcomings” in this documentary.
This is a pretty standard format documentary, much in the style you would see from the likes of Morgan Spurlock. Moote talks to everyone from his friends and family, to professionals to former girlfriends on this delicate subject. Along with that sort of commentary, Unhung Hero examines supposed solutions to Pat’s “problem”. It covers everything from penis pumps to herbal enhancements to massaging exercises and even explores Taiwanese weight training, making for some rather interesting scenes.
It’s a fast paced documentary that covers this awkward subject in a fun and entertaining manner, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. If it did, it would have ended up like one of those stereotypical health videos that we were all supposedly subjected to in school. Watching some of the uncomfortable conversations and situations his quest gets him into, you can’t help feel bad for Pat throughout the movie, but he handles it like a champ and keeps it lighthearted.
I found that Unhung Hero kinda derails a bit at a point deep into the movie as Pat questions his quest and the point of the film he’s making. While I could see any film maker come to that point with any movie (and certainly in a film covering such a personal issue), I don’t know that showing it it adds much to the movie. It almost makes the viewer start to question that in themselves with their commitment to the movie.
The movie covers a very superficial subject matter, and the movie itself is also kind of superficial. I mean, they try to put a semi serious spin on the issue (and there are a lot of people who have concerns about this type of issue), but really, being less endowed this isn’t akin to something like terminally ill kids. Not to say that it should be, but it lacks the weight that truly great documentaries hold. In the end, the movie ends up being a story about accepting who you are. Like Pat, I think the movie struggles with its identity as it tries to address an issue a lot of guys and their partners face, but it doesn’t really offer much to change anything in the end other than to end Pat’s journey back to where he was before the rejection and just accept who he is and be happy with that.
For me, Unhung Hero is the documentary version of a popcorn film. It’s easy and entertaining to watch, but it ultimately lacks real substance. It’s probably not something that is going to change your life or even beyond the ninety minutes you spend watching it, but it isn’t likely something you’ll find a waste of time either. In fact, if you have an internal twelve year old boy as well, you would likely enjoy the lighthearted humor of the occasional dick joke.
*Unhung Hero will be available for purchase on DVD on December 6th of 2013*