SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON
By: John ’Doc’ Strange
Directed by: Mike Myers
Cast: Shep Gordon, Mike Myers, Tom Arnold, Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Emeril Lagasse, Willie Nelson, Sylvester Stallone
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some sexual references, nudity and drug use)
Selig Rating: FULL PRICE
Runtime: 85 Min.
Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon is Mike Myer’s documentary about Shep Gordon. Shep moved from the east coast to Los Angeles in the late 1960’s into a motel inhabited by the likes of Jimi Hendrix ands Janis Joplin. One day he was told something that changed his life forever, “You’re Jewish, you should be a manager!”
Shep Gordon has guided the careers some amazing people. Musicians like Alice Cooper (his first client) and Anne Murray; actors like Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Tom Arnold; and chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Dean Fearing.
Shep’s life story is possibly the most improbable I have ever witnessed. His luck with women, his survival despite the amount for recreational pharmaceuticals he ingested, the stunts he pulled to get his clients noticed by the public are the stuff of legend, to use a phrase I didn’t think I’d ever truly have a reason for using.
The other side of the story, Shep’s personal life, has been filled with love and loss. The women in his life have been both varied and amazing. Sadly, he has never had a lasting love relationship. All of his long term relationships have been with his clients who are also his best friends.
This is a story that every lover of music, film, heck, of celebrity chefs, needs to see. I was fascinated by it. I think you will be, too!
Movie Site: http://supermenschthemovie.com/
The Selig Rating Scale:
FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!