For much of its running time, director Wayne Price’s film set in the exclusionary New York club/party scene and detailing the rise and fall of one of its premier gatekeepers resonates with a real authenticity. Unfortunately, “The Doorman,” the latest example of the burgeoning mockumentary genre, also is supposed to be funny, and that’s where the Gigantic Releasing film comes up short.
The film’s purported subject is Trevor (Lucas Akoskin), an in-demand doorman of unknown ethnicity who is being followed by a film crew (headed by the director himself) for a documentary profile.
We thus witness the highly self-satisfied doorman’s interactions with such real-life celebrities and figures of the scene as Amy Sacco, Patrick McMullan, Thom Filicia and Peter Bogdanovich, with Trevor all the while providing a running commentary detailing his philosophies regarding work and life.
At times, “Doorman” is so subtle in its approach that it could almost be mistaken for the real thing. But while its verisimilitude is admirable, its lack of wit and satirical bite make its brief 76-minute running time feel much, much longer. Although Akoskin delivers a goofily amusing, even endearing turn as the initially cocksure and ultimately hapless Trevor, it’s hard not to wistfully wonder about the sort of anarchic lunacy that someone on the order of Sacha Baron Cohen might have brought to the project.