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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Studio: Radius-TWC
Directed by Mike Myers

Jun 04, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands
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Supermensch tracks just how superstar talent agent Shep Gordon went from being Jimi Hendrix’s drug dealer to managing Alice Cooper, to executive producing cult classics like They Live, to more or less inventing the celebrity chef and occasionally working as the Dalai Lama’s personal cook. The absurdly-paraphrased version of the story we come away with is that Gordon is the nicest guy to ever have worked in Hollywood, and that good things happen to good people. Of all the interview subjects, from Michael Douglas to Emeril Lagasse, not one has an unkind word to say about the man.

The documentary, directed by Mike Myers—yes, that Mike Myers—benefits from having such an affable subject. At times, it felt like there wasn’t a famous entertainer of last 50 years he wasn’t somehow responsible for, and pop culture nuts will enjoy connecting the dots. It does eventually start to feel repetitive, and outside of Gordon’s lingering regrets in never settling down, we don’t get much of a glimpse beneath his surface. However lightweight it feels, though, Supermensch is entertaining.

Author rating: 6/10

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