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Encyclopedia > Paparazzi (film)
Paparazzi

Film poster
Directed by Paul Abascal
Produced by Mel Gibson,
Bruce Davey
Written by Forrest Smith
Starring Cole Hauser
Robin Tunney
Tom Sizemore
Daniel Baldwin
Dennis Farina
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Editing by Robin Russell
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (United States)
Icon Entertainment (non-U.S.)
Release date(s) 3 September 2004
Running time 84 min
Language English, Spanish
Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Paparazzi is a 2004 action film directed by Paul Abascal, produced by actor Mel Gibson, and starring Cole Hauser and Tom Sizemore. Download high resolution version (430x640, 46 KB)Paparazzi movie poster. ... This article is about the actor. ... Bruce Davey is an Austrailian film producer in the United States. ... Forrest Smith (February 14, 1886–March 8, 1962) was a Governor of Missouri. ... Cole K. Hauser (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. ... Robin Tunney (born on June 19, 1972) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. ... Daniel Leroy Baldwin is an American actor, producer and director, born 5 October 1960 in Massapequa, New York. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... Brian Tyler is a composer who has written, arranged, and conducted musical scores for film. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Icon Productions LLC is an American independent production company founded in August 1989 by American-born actor/director Mel Gibson and producing partner Bruce Davey. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the actor. ... Cole K. Hauser (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. ... Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. ...


The film chronicles the life of a popular Hollywood movie star in the aftermath of a tragic car accident caused by four paparazzo tabloid photographers. ... A movie star or film star is a celebrity who is a person known for his or her roles in motion pictures. ... In an accident resulting from excessive speed, this concrete truck rolled over into the front garden of a house. ... Paparazzo, Stephen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Tagline: "One good shot deserves another".

Contents

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Plot

Bo Laramie (Hauser) is a famous Hollywood actor dealing with the negative sides of high publicity. After his wife (Tunney) and son are badly injured in a car accident, he decides to take out revenge by murdering three of the four paparazzi photographers who were responsible for the accident, then pinning the murders on the ringleader (Sizemore). Cole K. Hauser (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. ... Robin Tunney (born on June 19, 1972) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... For other uses, see Paparazzi (disambiguation). ... Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. ...


Cast

Cole K. Hauser (born March 22, 1975) is an American actor. ... Robin Tunney (born on June 19, 1972) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. ... Daniel Leroy Baldwin is an American actor, producer and director, born 5 October 1960 in Massapequa, New York. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... Christopher Julius Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ...

Reaction

Box office

The film was a box office failure, having cost about US$20 million to be made, and grossing only $15 million worldwide.[1] The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...

  • United States Domestic Gross: US$ 15,714,234
  • International Gross: US$891,529
  • Total Worldwide Gross: US$16,605,763

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Critical response

The film was poorly rated on both Rotten Tomatoes and Internet Movie Database. It received an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a consensus of being "a crude, ludicrous exploitation movie with a questionable moral"[2]. It received a rating of 5.7 out of 10 stars at the Internet Movie Database.[3] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Grindhouse redirects here. ... This article is about the use of the moral in storytelling. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


The film also received a large number of negative criticism from major American, Canadian and British publications:

  • "The audacity of the paparazzi is a good topic, but this imbecilic film has no idea how to focus its intentions." -- E! Online [4]
  • "More than a few movie stars probably have fantasized about getting their revenge on the paparazzi. But leave it to Mel Gibson to see possibilities in a script about a rising star driven to go on a murderous rampage with [the paparazzi] as his victims." -- Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle[5]
  • "First-time director Paul Abascal is an ex-hairdresser whose debut film wallows in melodramatic excesses - tense, shrieking music, spitting, sputtering villains and a hero who is right and righteous because, well, he's a celebrity! And even celebrities have vengeance fantasies!" -- Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune[6]
  • "Especially since the death of Princess Diana, guerilla photographers who snap celebrity candids have come to be considered the gum on the bottom of society's shoe. The film Paparazzi exploits this built-in audience disgust to characterize them as somewhere between slugs and dung beetles on the morality scale, deserving whatever they get." -- Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide
  • "The martyr is action star Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser, playing the role as if he were slipped Rohypnol in a drink and forced to be in this movie!)." -- Jim Slotek, Jam![7]
  • "[Bo] takes the paparazzi out with extreme prejudice, for which he is investigated by a Columbo-esque cop who not-so-secretly approves of this old school justice. It's just so embarrassing you wish the cinema would fit swivel seats so you can look round at the back wall when he comes on. The movie damns all paparazzi as parasitical villains." -- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian[8]
  • "Hot on the blood-stained heels of The Punisher, Man On Fire and Kill Bill comes Paparazzi, another lurid revenge fantasy. Its flimsy plot rests on the ludicrous notion that an actor should be entitled to slaughter anyone who invades his privacy. Sadistic in the extreme and lacking any form of moral compass, it's the kind of film only the likes of OJ Simpson could love." -- Neil Smith, BBC[9]

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Trivia

  • Mel Gibson, who was one of the film's producers, appears as an Anger Management patient in the waiting room of their shared therapist.
  • Chris Rock appears as a pizza delivery driver.
  • Vince Vaughn makes an appearance as Bo Laramie's co-star.
  • Matthew McConaughey makes an appearance as himself at a movie premiere.
  • At about forty minutes into the movie, Detective Burton (Dennis Farina) tells Bo how one of the papparazzi have previously sued "Alec Baldwin" or one of the "Baldwins." Daniel Baldwin plays one of the papparazzi in the movie (see Baldwin brothers).
  • Chris Rock makes a small appearance as a pizza delivery guy.

This article is about the actor. ... Christopher Julius Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Donaldo Guglielmo Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... Alexander Rae Alec Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe Award-winning, American actor. ... The Baldwin brothers, Alec (born 1958), Daniel (1960), William (1963) and Stephen (1966) are four American brothers who have all become notable actors. ... Christopher Julius Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=paparazzi.htm
  2. ^ http://www.rotten-tomatoes.com/m/paparazzi
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338325/
  4. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/paparazzi/?beg=24&int=32&page=2
  5. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/06/DDGAT8J6361.DTL
  6. ^ http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/movies/mmx-040903-movies-review-paparazzi,0,1105290.story
  7. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Reviews/P/Paparazzi/2004/09/04/753855.html
  8. ^ http://film.guardian.co.uk/Film_Page/0,4061,1393083,00.html
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2005/01/13/paparazzi_2005_review.shtml

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  Results from FactBites:
 
PAPARAZZI (1919 words)
The film represents what I call “lowest common denominator entertainments”, one that panders to the small segment of the population that is still entertained by stories that provide one dimensional villains that we can blame our dilemmas on to which we can subsequently eradicate, consequence and quilt free, and live happily ever after.
The film is not just a cheeseball revenge thriller, but a malevolent piece of celebrity worship that is so senseless that it does not even allow the audience, not for one second, to see how both sides of the paparazzi battle would argue their case.
The film is burdened by all things awful, but on a positive it’s kind of amusingly bad, and finally Gibson’s real madness and psychosis is brought to fruition to the public with this film.
August 2004 | blackfilm.com | features | interview | Cole Hauser - Robin Tunney (2707 words)
In "Paparazzi", the duo play a rising star and his wife, who find a band of photographers stalking their every move, from premieres and parties to their kid's soccer game.
When the paparazzi go too far, causing a life-threatening accident involving their young son, Hauser takes revenge on his tormentors and serves them a bitter dose of their own medicine.
With a film's success or failure, they can't say, "Oh, that director was a hack." They're carrying the film, and it's their name and their face.
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