“Can you take the dump of death”, or What’s the fastest way to get drunk”. These are the types of questions and answers that make up the Spike TV series Manswers. The idea is that the show answers those pressing questions that you guys out there might have been to afraid to ask. On first look you might get the mistaken idea that this is a copy of A&E’s far superior Mythbusters. On the surface the premise appears the same. Both shows appear to tackle the oddball question and attempt to find the truth behind the BS. Both shows also appear to be targeted to the male members of the audience. Mythbusters uses cool tools and gadetry to prove or debunk the common myths. The guy appeal is obvious, and there’s always a good chance something’s getting blown up. Guys are naturally curious, and we love to see things blow up. Manswers takes the far more pedestrian view of a guy’s interests. Instead of blowing things apart Manswers tries to draw you in with body parts; female body parts, that is. Just about every other segment has something to do with the female breast: “What does shape tell you about how easy she is”, “Can a breast crush a beer can”, “Which float better real or fake”. You get the idea. Now most guys don’t have a lot of trouble with all of this close examination of female anatomy, but the Manswer I want answered is: “Can you go too far?” Turns out the answer is, who could have known, yes.
This single disc release is a collection of what are considered the best 25 Manswers from the series. The thing runs about an hour and a half in a countdown style format. You even get an occasional “Bonus Manswer” from time to time which usually deals with, you guessed it, boobs. The announcer is incredibly over the top and treats each subject as if it were groundbreaking new revelations. Guys like breasts; what a great epiphany that turned out to be. A lot of the footage is used over and over through several of the segments. I have not seen an episode of the show on broadcast television, but I assume the format is pretty much the same. There’s nothing incredibly original here and has reviewable potential only if you’re about 15 years old.
Manswers is presented in its original broadcast full frame format. A lot of this footage looks like someone took a camcorder down to
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track delivers exactly what you are looking for. There’s plenty of loud music and loud talking. That’s what you want. That’s what you get.
Look. I’m not against having some fun here. I don’t even worry about how this sort of thing makes us guys look to the girls. Hell, I even watched this stuff with my wife. Some folks think that’s like taking an orange to the Garden Of Eden. It’s all good for a few laughs. But I found myself pretty tired of the whole thing after less than 15 minutes. I suspect the main audience for this thing will be teenage guy parties who can’t get any real chicks to come to the bash. I don’t know about you, but by the time this thing was over all I was thinking of was which hurts more: watching The Best Of Manswers or trying to “take a bullet out of yourself”.