Teenage Paparazzo 2010 NR CC

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Actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier explores the relationship between stars and the paparazzi through a fast-snapping 14-year-old photographer.

Starring:
Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Birn
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Adrian Grenier
Starring Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Birn
Supporting actors Lewis Black, Noam Chomsky, Kevin Connolly, Matt Damon, Thomas de Zengotita, Kevin Dillon, Brad Elterman, Jerry Ferrara, Henry A. Flores, Henry Alberto Flores, Whoopi Goldberg, Adrian Grenier, Jake Halpern, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, James Hosney, Henry Jenkins, Martin Landau
Studio HBO
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Of course this is obvious but it's something well worth being reminded of.
S. Smith-Peter
Nonetheless, this movie provides superb insights into the psychology of media consumption.
Greg Zerovnik
He even addressed ethical issues that arose during the making of the documentary.
Kayla

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HollyP on March 16, 2011
Format: DVD
I really love Adrian Grenier's perspective on all things paparazzi. Really cool to see what it's like for someone like Adrian- or Paris Hilton- who is always in the spotlight. This movie is completely unique and thought provoking. I saw it months ago and am still haunted and inspired by it. Adrian Grenier is proving himself to be a impressive director.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Schwartz on January 6, 2011
Format: DVD
Adrian Grenier, the lead actor in HBO's long-running Entourage series, discovers his life, inevitably, imitating his art. On his journey through celebrity-land Grenier has, inevitably again, become annoyed by and curious about the world of celebrity photographers - the ones with whom you don't have an appointment.

Everything in this wild and woolly world is normal - for a handsome rising star, that is - until one of his `sprayings' (When a paparazzo sets their camera to automatically take several shots in a very short period of time, the verb `to spray' is utilized to describe the phenomenon. `I sprayed her,' or, `I got sprayed'. With the flash on, the sprayee's eyesight is temporarily diminished. The metaphor to utilizing a machine gun is noted.) As Grenier's sight recovered, he noticed that the shooter was a young boy. "How old are you?" Grenier asked. "Thirteen," the boy answered.

Thus, a great documentary was born. Grenier decided to befriend the boy, Austin Visschedyk, to learn about the world of the paparazzi, and, especially, about how and why it is that a 13-year old prodigy has joined their small celebrity-chasing cult.

While providing a glimpse, as fascinating as it is disturbing, into paparazzi world, "Teenage Paparazzo" profiles Visschedyk's work and character as well as the budding friendship between the teenage `pap' and the risings star. The young boy becomes the star's teacher. Because of Grenier's tenacity in this project, his consistent presence with nomadic groups of paparazzi, he, inevitably yet again, decides to walk a mile in the other side's shoes. Visschedyk helps him buy a `starter camera', and the two go `papping'.

But all this is simply the context for a much-more fascinating story - or stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on October 5, 2010
Format: DVD
TEENAGE PAPARAZZO (2010, 95 minutes, HBO Films) was a real wake-up call for me, though not HBO 'finest hour' of documentary film. It is a documentary that I feel should be shown in schools everywhere. I feel it may represent a side of America's downfall that no one has fully explored.

Here ersatz star Adrian Grenier ("Entourage") gloms onto 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk, hoping to achieve some sort of deep documentary about this boy's dive into the world of the paparazzi (called "paps"). Not only did this kid dive: he swam with the biggest sharks of all. And he made adoring pals along the way ... not easy from what I saw. Even Paris Hilton befriended him and nicknamed him "Sexy".

This is NOT good. As I began watching, I felt that this little faerie-like boy had no guidance, no example, no discipline and certainly no mother. His mother (they live alone together), in her own words, has to "beg him" to do what she wants him to do. As she put it, "I'm his mother, and I have to beg HIM?!" - and the answer, lady, you earned it - YES, you must beg him. So much for American parenting.

I've seen the obligatory headshot photo of Grenier, viewing him as just-another-cutie in the parade, and knew nothing else about him. So he had little impact on me as an actor. His impact as a documentarist and as a human being was very impressive. In his quest to understand paparazzi life, and this boy who is the youngest paparazzi ever, Grenier came to understand that he made a huge error in feeding the boy's twisted dreams.

Many experts and stars (Whoopie Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin) commented on the kid and on stardom. Paris Hilton is of course a more prominent feature, because she, like Grenier and many others, is an ersatz star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Shaw on July 14, 2013
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A terrific story of a boy living his dream and succeeding until an adult interferes and ruins the boys dream
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith-Peter on August 11, 2012
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I watched this documentary without expecting much of a cultural critique, but I was pleasantly surprised at how deeply it went into the issues of celebrity culture in American and the world. By looking at the case of a teenage paparazzo (13 when the documentary began), the film, narrated by Adrien Grenier, explores the corrosive effects of celebrity culture.

We begin by liking Austin Visschedyk, the 13-year-old pap, as he calls himself, but over the course of the movie we see him becoming worse and worse. Similarly, we also become more aware of the negative effects of the society's obsession with celebrities as a means of escape, as a way to imitiate the powerful, and as a way for media outlets to make money.

I suppose I wasn't expecting anything deep because Grenier is a celeb himself, but one of the somewhat ironic lessons of the film is that celebrities are people too as well as commodities. Of course this is obvious but it's something well worth being reminded of.

And the scene where Paris Hilton reacts to the myth of Narcissus: believe me, you have to see it. I'm not saying anything more for fear of succumbing to celebrity culture myself.
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