- Actors: Mathew Bose
- Directors: Jennifer Arnold
- Writers: Jennifer Arnold
- Producers: Jennifer Arnold, Allison R. Hebble, Dorka Keehn, Tom Gorai
- Format: NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Lions Gate
- Release Date: May 27 2003
- Run Time: 52 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00008RV2H
American Mullet [Import]
Please correct studio information - this is a PALM PICTURES release, NOT Lions Gate - thank you
Short on top, long in the back: An awful lot of people in this amusing and enlightening documentary, American Mullet, agree that the mullet haircut (or, believe it or not, the "shlong," i.e., short-and-long) is an ugly 'do. But that doesn't stop a broad and mixed population of mullet-heads, coast to coast, from sporting it for all kinds of reasons. Lesbians like it (according to those speaking on camera) because it is both butch and feminine. Some Native Americans like it because it's a streamlined version of a traditional look. Stuck-in-the-'80s rockers like it because, for them, time has stood still. Bikers, wrestlers, Pat Benatar-wannabes: Everyone, as Jean Renoir once said, has their reasons. As this bemused film looks for America through the prism of an all-purpose, bad coiffure, director Jennifer Arnold reminds us that some subjects can be simultaneously absurd and profoundly revealing about such delicate matters as personal identity. --Tom Keogh
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Not trailer park dwelling ppl whose family tree is a wreath. 99% of them are though. this is the 1%
The rest is history. Thank you American Mullet. You gave me a new lease on life, and encouraged me to start my dream job. I'm now the CEO of my own moonshine distillery and a roadie for Bon Bovi during the off season.
Some might laugh at the simple commentary (I didn't), or feel a twinge of nostalgia if they mulletized themselves back in the 70s or early 80s. But that's about the only entertainment you're going to get from American Mullet.
Never having wore this style myself, I can't relate very well to the film. I had bushy hair, but never the short-long version. So the nagging "Why?" question kept tugging at me. Why am I watching this? What purpose does it serve? Are there really that many Harley-riding, lesbian, faux country-western singers out there?
Maybe I'm completely unaware of this niche group.
The documentary-makers traveled around the Western U.S., finding those poor lost souls who still think the mullet is cool, or is a statement of individuality (something I wished they'd covered in more depth). One Harley Davidson riding tough-guy commented on how he doesn't care what others think of his hair, he wears the style because it represents him as a person -- showing people what's on the inside by wearing the mullet on the outside. I thought this was the most insightful commentary in the entire film (especially with the Jennifer Aniston look-alikes that currently decorate a huge portion of American women's heads). But this information is touched on for only a minute and then quickly brushed aside as we move from mullet-wearer to mullet-wearer and hear a bunch of rubbish that makes the entire documentary feel scatterbrained.
The biggest blessing about American Mullet is that it's only 52 minutes long. I don't say this in an antagonistic fashion, either. It's actually somewhat of a compliment. The film-makers didn't stretch this rather static topic out into a two hour presentation. I'll give them credit for that, but that's about it.
(My advice to those who still wear this hairstyle? It's okay if you want to be "an individual". It's okay if you want to be retro. But is this style what you really want? It's horrible! Get a haircut!)