Does size matter?
Sort of Elijah Wood-like, Smoote is charming and self-deprecating as he searches for answers to his crotch concerns, though it quickly becomes clear that the quest is unlikely to reach a satisfying conclusion, as he consults exes, doctors and sex experts in order to determine an average penis size and what someone with smaller equipment can do about it. Whether it's the blunt memories of his junk offered by former friends or his efforts to extend his "reach" through tools, pills or exercise, the film is often a cringe-worthy affair, perhaps never more so than when he discusses the matter with first his mother and then his father.
Though most of the techniques explored will be known by viewers through their ubiquity in pop culture, like Extenze pills and the various pumps he tries, there are a few things to learn about, especially when Moote takes his search overseas, visiting Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and New Guinea. The lengths he goes to to try and get larger are pretty depressing, especially when he explores having a likely unlicensed "doctor" inflate his penis with oil injections. Things lighten up thankfully with appearances by several entertaining experts, featuring a handful of porn stars, including Ron Jeremy, sexologist Annie Sprinkle, commentator Dan Savage and Jonah Falcon, the man with the world's largest penis.
Though there's a lot of interesting and/or entertaining moments in the 84-minute film, like Moote visiting an odd festival in San Francisco, a (possibly faked) fight in a sauna spurred by a hidden camera and a horrific on-screen glimpse of surgery, several parts feel manufactured, like a subject who coincidentally pops-up at several points becoming a key part of the film. If this actually happened as portrayed, the filmmakers are incredibly fortunate. Meanwhile, the final stretch of the film is overwrought as Moote deals with the reality of what he's learned and experienced. As a result, there's a lack of naturalness to the way the film wraps that hurts its authenticity. Also lacking is the payoff many will be looking for is a look at the subject's shortcoming. Though we see many examples of the variety in penis sizes, the one we are asked to invest time in remains a mystery when the credits roll.
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