Movie review: 'SuperMensch' is a warm, fuzzy portrait of Hollywood insider
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.