How Many Men Does It Take to Man Up ‘Men’?

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“Men!” (CREDIT: A24)

Starring: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu, Gayle Rankin

Director: Alex Garland

Running Time: 100 Minutes

Rating: R

Release Date: May 20, 2022 (Theaters)

Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men… I’m sorry if any reference to Two and a Half Men gives any of my readers immediate stress nightmares, but I couldn’t get that repetitive theme song out of my head in anticipation of seeing the Alex Garland-written-and-directed Men. So that’s what’s setting the tone of this review, and we’re simply going to have to deal with it. I’m a musically-oriented person, and that’s just the way it is. If you name your movie “Men,” then I’m going to get a song about men stuck in my head! Thankfully, though, that earworm vibe is sort of appropriate. It’s kind of what the widow Harper Marlowe (Jessie Buckley) experiences herself in a much darker fashion. So in a roundabout sort of way, my subconscious knew exactly what to do to take care of me. It definitely helped to process that climactic “birth” scene.

Grade: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Man!

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/20/22

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The American Rescue Dog Show (CREDIT: Maarten de Boer/ABC)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Downton Abbey: A New Era (Theaters)
Men (Theaters)
Emergency (Theaters and on Amazon Prime Video May 27)

TV
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 Premiere (May 20 on Paramount+) – It’s the Winners Season!
Don’t Forget the Lyrics Series Premiere (May 23 on FOX) – Another music game show?!
Beat Shazam Season Premiere (May 23 on FOX)
-The American Rescue Dog Show (May 25 on ABC) – Hosted by the Holey Moley guys.
That Damn Michael Che Season 2 (May 26 on HBO Max)

Music
-Flume, Palaces
-Harry Styles, Harry’s House
-Lykke Li, Eyeye

Sports
-147th Preakness Stakes (May 21 on NBC)
-French Open (May 22-June 5 on Tennis Channel and NBC)