The Final Member: A Long, Hard Look at the Weirdest Museum in the World
By Daniel D'Addario
Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math’s new documentary, The Final Member, tells the story of an Icelandic museum containing the male sex organs of just about every animal you could imagine. Think of it as a modern-day ark — if Noah weren’t interested in continuing the species. The shafts in the Icelandic Phallological Museum come in all sizes; after witnessing the enormity of its preserved sperm whale phallus, only a third of which can fit inside the building, you’ll finally understand how Moby Dick got his name. Now, all its lovable owner, Siggi Hjartarson, needs is a preserved human penis.
The only problem is that he finds not one, but two exhibitionists pumped to share their goods with the world. It seems too insane to be true, but the oddity of Hjartarson’s project is overshadowed not just by how fascinatingly scientific the whole thing is (he’s managed to obtain the penis bone of an ancient cave bear!), but by how moving his devotion is (his menagerie used to be a “private collection” in his family’s house). And though his potential donors lack his seriousness, they are compellingly egotistical. One contender vying for the spot is an Icelandic Casanova who wants to pass along the tool that he says has brought pleasure to women across Europe. Meanwhile, his American counterpart goes so far as to tattoo stars and stripes on his manhood in a quest to prove that “the largest and best” penis of the collection came from the States. With narcissism this gonzo and extreme, The Final Member should have been subtitled Six Inches from Stardom.
The Final Member is in theaters and On Demand April 18. Watch the trailer below: