Directed by Doron Max Hagay | Written by and Starring John Reynolds / DP Eric Schleicher / Edited by Michael Mezzina / Featuring Micah Sterenberg, Phil Meister, Wes Haney, Gary Richardson, Carmen Christopher and Kelly Cooper / Music by Woo
Just how fragile is the male ego these days? With Women Are Mean, director Doron Max Hagay comically investigates the unique way contemporary male insecurity spirals into self obsessed mania, and what happens when maniacs are given a captive audience.
Hagay finds a brilliant protagonist in John Reynolds--who also wrote the film--a character that rants like a second rate Gavin McInnes who’s somehow come to embody the cuck stereotype he and his “proud boys” so deteste.
The thing is, Reynolds’ character kind of has. Though he outwardly projects all the standard bearers of male chauvinism to the camera (and anyone else that will listen), his inner monologue suffers a mid-film moment of mental clarity, in which he--and a few fellow men of similar ilk--confronts the fact that maybe the reason his wife is sleeping with someone else is because he’s kind of a disrespectful dick. This moment of heady introspection continues until he suddenly snaps out of it, because, naaa, nothing’s his fault. Why accept responsibility when you can always blame the other guy?
Review By David Lombroso
You can find more of Doron Max Hagay’s work on Vimeo.
Women Are Mean was selected and screened for our VOL. 003 Series, December 29th, 2018