Movie review: ‘SuperMensch’ is a warm, fuzzy portrait of Hollywood insider
Published: June 20, 2014 02:50PM
Updated: June 20, 2014 05:16PM
This image released by RADiUS-TWC shows Shep Gordon, left, and Alice Cooper in an archival image used in "Supermensch." (AP Photo/RADiUS-TWC)

Everyone in Hollywood loves Shep Gordon — which is why it would be nice if the documentary “SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” did more than tell you that.

Gordon tells much of his own legend, of how as a new arrival in Hollywood in the late ’60s he befriended Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, who recommended he become a talent manager for a new musician, Alice Cooper. Gordon helped shape Cooper’s career, as well as that of R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Gordon shook off Hollywood for a home on Maui, which became a gathering place for stars looking to relax (some of whom, like Michael Douglas and Sylvester Stallone, are interviewed here).

Comedian/actor Mike Myers (“Austin Powers”), making his directorial debut, collects many of Gordon’s pleasantly self-aggrandizing stories, illustrating them with a kaleidoscopic array of archival photos and footage.

Myers glosses over Gordon’s shortcomings — such as not including (or failing to get) interviews with women who came and left his life, including Sharon Stone and chef Renee Loux — in a humorous and overly generous profile.;


‘SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon’

Opens today at Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for language, some sexual references, nudity and drug use; 85 minutes.