Un-Hung Hero, the world’s first cock-umentary. When I first saw this title, I was immediately sold. Not that I enjoy watching films about penis’ or anything, just the marketing behind it really caught my attention. It was clever, and the subject was something that I thought could make a very entertaining film.
So first up, a little bit of background behind Un-Hung Hero. It’s like this, some guy named Patrick Moote proposed to his girlfriend at a UCLA basketball game. Typical movie proposal, jumbotron and all. The difference is that there is no happy ending here. She says “No” right there in front of everyone. Oh yeah, and this really happened! People filmed it on their cellphones and it immediately became a YouTube sensation.
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How awful would that be? Going through all the trouble, getting all excited for the best proposal ever, and then BAM! All your hopes and dreams flushed right down the shitter. Right in front of the crowd, basketball players, and the biggest audience of all, the internet. But that isn’t the most messed up part ladies and gentlemen, apparently one of her reasons for letting him down was the small size of his penis. This apparently really messed with Moote’s head (can you blame him?), which prompts him to make this documentary.
The documentary follows Moote’s adventures as he researches things he can do to help his problem, both physically and mentally. He talks to “sexperts”, attends adult video conventions, visits adult stores, doctors, support groups, and even doctors. Yes, doctors. Patrick is committed to solve his problem one way or another.
One thing that really stands out about Unhung Hero is the fact that it watches like a movie. Most documentaries can be somewhat bland, or boring, especially if you don’t care for the subject matter. Not the case with Un-Hung Hero. The documentary is very entertaining and had plenty of good laughs. Not that his condition is a laughing matter, but the situations he is put in for the sake of the documentary are hilarious!
Now for the downside. I want for this film to be a legitimate documentary in which Patrick is honestly searching for the answer to his problem. However, I’m just not convinced that this is the case. Patrick Moote is a comedian, and the way the film is put together I feel like it was put together more for the entertainment factor than as an actual documentary. Basically, I question how legitimate the film is. Was he really considering going through with surgery? Or injections in a motel room in some third world country? Or was all this just put on for the sake of entertainment?
My questions aside, the film is really one that you should give a chance. It was very entertaining, as a documentary or a movie. It really works on your emotions on several different levels, and I think all of us here at MovieGuys will agree that it left us very surprised.
You can hear our review of Un-Hung Hero on Episode 9 of the Intermission Podcast.