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Pauly Shore Is Dead (2005)

Ashley L. Anderson , Camille Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ashley L. Anderson, Camille Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Beaumont Bacon, Dan Barnes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006BGWPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pauly Shore Is Dead" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Interrogating the Wiez" Q&A with Pauly Shore
  • Making-of featurette
  • Host wraps by Eminem and Proof
  • Deleted scenes hosted by Pauly Shore, the Hilton Sisters, and Charlie Sheen
  • Aaron Lewis/Staind song parody
  • Widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Pauly Shore, one-time MTV personality and faded comic star of Bio-Dome and Jury Duty, wrote and directed this satire about his own career decline and (fictional) attempt to revive Hollywood's interest by faking his suicide. The fun of this movie is in never being quite sure how much of the story is based on Shore's real-life status as a has-been, and how much is inspired by public assumptions about his near-disappearance from the entertainment scene. In any case, watching Shore's dubious run as a stand-up comedian and actor wind down has, in Shore's own telling, some very funny moments, including a scene in which cash-rich, prop comic Carrot Top buys the former Wiezel's house and another in which Shore tries to secure the services of a Heidi Fleiss escort for $84. Lots of celebrity cameos here (Shore obviously still has show-business friends), including Ben Stiller, Britney Spears, Bill Maher, Charlie Sheen, Tom Sizemore, and Ellen DeGeneres. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

So many stars?so little sympathy! Leave it to legendary Hollywood "weasel" Pauly Shore to fake his own death and chronicle the hilarious reactions from dozens of A-list celebrities in this outrageous dark comedy that raises the eternal show business question: Is it better to be a dead genius or a living idiot?

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXPOSING HOLLYWOOD, One Hypocrisy at a Time! February 4, 2005
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Pauly Shore is Alive and Well!

And not because I think P.M.S. is such a talented actor/comedian because, quite frankly, I think he sux. I'm not saying that to be mean or rude; I'm just not impressed with him -- at all! I question his talent as a stand-up comedian and as an actor.

But as a commentator / pseudo-documentarian, however....

Here, clearly, is Pauly Shore's absolute finest hour (at least until he pulls something else out of the hat at a later date). His faux "semi-autobiographical" film "PAULY SHORE IS DEAD" (aka "YOU'LL NEVER WIEZ IN THIS TOWN AGAIN") is such an indictment against the "Hollywood System" it ain't even funny -- even though Pauly presents it in a funny way.

He shows just how typical, hypocritical, backbiting and fickle the masters of the entertainment system and the arse-kissing entertainment media truly are -- how they can, at a whim, make or break a person's career in the industry, which, as Pauly shows, is committed mostly through typecasting and stereotyping.

Pauly's independently financed movie (of course! -- you think the H-Town execs would want to be compliant in their own asswhippin'?) shows the entertainment world's "two faces." Though he focuses on the "movie" & "music" industry, his expose could just as easily apply to professional sports. He uses the "celebrity wing" of a prison to show just how the pressures & politics of the industry can lead to your downfall.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of people do not understand this movie. March 6, 2005
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This movie is very difficult to understand, as it contains many different deep aspects. Basically it is about this guy Pauly Shore, who many people used to think was funny, and about his personal struggle to feel loved, wanted, and redeemed. With basically no budget, Pauly set out with a hi-def digital camera and made a movie that had a funny idea about faking his own death. But really, the faking of his death is just an entertaining medium for some more serious and deep questions. Pauly shore has one scene where he is praying to God in the form of a famous comedian; and while people may think its funny because pauly is crying and kneeling down, he is quite serious and quite convincing as a dramatic actor. Pauly goes further by acknowleging that he really is somewhat of a wiesel, and that part of him will never go away. In the begining we get to see Pauly rubbing one out..... He could have left that out but hey! Its reality man. I loved how pauly showed his change in prison, and the idea of another inmate teaching him to act using classic standards such as shakespere. Of course, he probably did not change in this manner, but it is a brillant way of presenting his desire to act in a low-budget manner. Basically I love this movie and i feel anyone who wants to laugh at pauly should just go and try and make a touching movie with no-budget. I have felt just like pauly, when your all alone in the world when you used to be on top and you can't understand what you did wrong. Whenever i feel like that i feel very redeemed when i watch this movie. I used to idealize pauly shore when i was like 10, and watching how someone you used to look up to could be so sad just ten years later was a real mind-bender. Just give this movie a chance and keep this in mind.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pauly shore is alive! January 25, 2005
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i saw this film on the opening night here in sacramento. i thought it was great. mr. shore pokes fun at himself and the business. if you support his reinvention of himslef to be less like the son in-law and more like an adult, then you'll appreciate this movie. it's funny and has a message...and how can you not just love him?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give Pauly Credit September 1, 2005
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I think Pauly Shore is much more talented then people give him credit for. It is not as easy at it seems to play the character he played in every single one of his films. But the problem is that he has played the same character in all the movies he made. Frankly I dont think he made this movie or started his new reality show to restart his career, I think he probably knows that he is a living joke, I feel he is just trying to give people a laugh and I'd say hes done that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie! January 25, 2005
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I Thought The Movie was original and very funny the dvd is worth picking up if you like pauly shores films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A has-been's death and rebirth January 10, 2011
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I'm not a Pauly Shore fan, have never wasted my time on any of his bombs, but something told me PAULY SHORE IS DEAD (2004) would be worth seeing. It turns out my guess was correct.

This self-lampooning comedy is packed with fun cameos. Contributing celebs include Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Bill Maher, Pamela Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Clint Howard, Chris Rock, Ja Rule, Michael Madsen, Tom Sizemore, Jerry Springer, Britney Spears, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and the voice of Adam Sandler.

Since it's the story of a struggling has-been, an addiitional number of the formerly famous appear, including 'Screech' from Saved By the Bell, Heidi Fleiss, 'Downtown' Julie Brown, Carrot Top, the guy who played 'Mini Me' in the Austin Powers films, Tommy Chong, Sally Jesse Raphael, Montel Williams, Tommy Lee, Craig Kilborn, Corey Feldman, Andy Dďck and Kato Kaelin, who's now very bald in front.

Another has-been, Todd Bridges, has a significant supporting role. He and Pauly share a prison cell. Bridges gives acting advice and shares his religious beliefs. Note: the deleted scenes include an angry Gary Coleman (Todd's co-star on TV's Diff'rent Strokes) storming off rather than being lumped in with a crowd of losers.

The most unique celebrity here is back from the dead. Shore combines archive footage of Sam Kinison's silhouette with an excellent voice imitation. Sam materializes in an eerie mist to offer a despondent Pauly some advice. He explains that guys like himself and John Belushi are more famous now because they're dead. Sam's ghost poses the question: would you rather be a dead legend or a live loser?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, lame movie
This seemed like an interesting idea, but it was just really lame. I thought this was an actual media stunt, but was disappointed that it was not. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by this_and_that
4.0 out of 5 stars Pauly Shore
The movie came quickly. With in 4 days of ordering. Case and DVD were in great shape.BUT The movie was aweful. I like Pauly Shore and thought it would be funny, but it is not. Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by TaraRedwine
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth you're time
I did not like anything about this movie. I did not go into it expecting much except that I read the back of the movie and thought it would be good, I even read reviews and thought... Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Jena Brazda
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, terrible production
This would have worked much better if Pauly had someone get reactions from celebrities (even fake ones) from the red carpet. But he didn't. Read more
Published on September 29, 2008 by Mel Zorro
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
The screenplay, if one can call this one note monstrosity that, was written by Shore and some guy named Kirk Fox, yet it all smacks of being a vanity project, laced with bad one... Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Cosmoetica
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie I have ever seen.
I usually shy away from discouraging others from watching a movie, because who knows what their taste is, right? But this was the biggest waste of my time I have ever experienced. Read more
Published on July 20, 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Please read this Pauly Shore
You might want to reconsider titles like this when you ever get the chance to do another film. In this case, it seems too much like prophecy.
Published on April 1, 2007 by Robert Whitaker Sirignano
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I honestly didn't see what was supposed to be funny or interesting about this movie. Don't be fooled by the big names attached to it, they are cameos only. Read more
Published on November 10, 2006 by Eolake
3.0 out of 5 stars Painful to watch
If you thought Pauly Shore's life was sad from watching his TBS series "Who's Minding the Store?" then you'll be reduced to tears after watching this movie. Read more
Published on September 12, 2006 by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars "Hey, is there any part in there for me?"
For those who care about Pauly Shore flicks, there are SPOILERS here:

It begins with Charlie Sheen consoling Paulie Shore over Paulie's down-spiraled career. Read more
Published on July 17, 2006 by H. Bala
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