| Our Rating:
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: The mullet, hair that is short in the front and long in the back, is sometimes called a lesbian hairstyle, but it also worn by others.
Duration: 52 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Jennifer Arnold
Writer: Jennifer Arnold
Starring: Matthew Bose
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What do some lesbians have in common with a number of male country music singers, hard rockers, Latin American soccer players, bikers and Native Americans? It’s the mullet, a hair style that is short in the front and long in the back, and often considered ugly by others.
This documentary is a road trip of sorts as filmmakers Jennifer Arnold (Where the Girls Are, Chicks with Guns, Maid of Honor) and Matthew Bose travel the United States in search of the mullet. Those who hate it might call it a white trash cut or tell men that it’s a lesbian haircut, but those who wear it have some interesting reasons for sporting the style.
Several of the lesbians interviewed talk about the mullet as a political statement, projecting an independent attitude and appearance with a genderless cut. Many of the men also talk about it as an expression of individualism and non-conformity with what society expects.
For Native American men and women, long hair is traditional, but short on the top may function better in the business world or is just easier to deal with. The Mexican soccer players interviewed just seem to think that it is sexy.
It’s sometimes funny, sometimes revealing, and more interesting than you might think for a documentary about hair. On the other hand, I did have some ‘why am I watching this?’ moments. I mean, it really is a documentary about a hair style! (AB)