On its face, the subject of this documentary -- a contest to determine who can grow the best Donegal beard, an Irish style that doesn't include a mustache -- may not seem gripping enough for film, but it is. Director Mike Woolf manages to mine the drama of the event and tell the history of Shamrock, Tex., at the same time, from its initial incarnation as a once-thriving stop along Route 66 and to its now sleepy, struggling stature.
Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Out-of-control, trash-talking buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey of the Miami Narcotics Task Force reunite, and bullets fly, cars crash and laughs explode as they pursue a whacked-out drug lord from the streets of Miami to the barrios of Cuba.
Chris crashes into a carload of other young people, and the group of stranded motorists is soon lost in the woods of West Virginia, where they're hunted by three cannibalistic mountain men who are grossly disfigured by generations of inbreeding.
Have you watched Growin' a Beard yet? What did you think about it?