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Teenage Paparazzo (2011)

Alec Baldwin , Lewis Black , Adrian Grenier  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Lewis Black, Noam Chomsky, Kevin Connolly, Matt Damon
  • Directors: Adrian Grenier
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FZWDQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Teenage Paparazzo" on IMDb

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You can't accuse Adrian Grenier of being unaware of the ironies directing this movie. During his documentary Teenage Paparazzo, he makes ample references to the looking-glass fact that he himself is a pretty-boy actor who stars in a TV series about the craziness and rewards of fame (Entourage), who is making a film about the camera-toting insects who also feed off the great celebrity machine. He's taken for his central figure a 13-year-old paparazzo named Austin Visschedyk; so arresting was the sight of this tiny kid clamoring for his photograph that Grenier decided to focus on the boy as the subject of his documentary--a way of exploring why a child would be so obsessed with celebrity culture these days, and what that says about us, and… you know. Teenage Paparazzo is less successful as a piece of social inquiry than it is a profile of this specific kid, although Grenier does get a collection of grown-up paparazzi on record about why they do what they do, most of which comes down to a "We have to pay our bills, too" rationalization. One longtime photographer lets it slip how much he would die to be in Grenier's own movie-star shoes, a rare moment of authentic envy showing through. Grenier also brings in some of the big names of celeb culture, including a reliably clueless Paris Hilton (and, inevitably, Perez Hilton), Eva Longoria, and Brooke Shields. More jaundiced and articulate observers, such as Matt Damon and Alec Baldwin, give the goods on what it's like to be swarmed by paparazzi. All this adds up to not much more than you'd probably already known about the phenomenon, except for the very personalized spectacle of Austin running around the streets of L.A. at night, wondering whether Lindsay Lohan might be exiting a restaurant somewhere. And that is indeed a sobering sight. --Robert Horton

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Shot by actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier (Vince in HBO’s Entourage), this 95-minute feature documentary is an exploration of the tenuous relationship between celebrities and the people who make a living selling their images. After a chance encounter with a 13-year-old paparazzo, Austin Visschedyk, Grenier takes a step back to think about the celebrity- obsessed culture that has produced the boy. Adrian starts hanging out with the young photographer, learning the tricks of the trade, as well as what made the precocious teen want to spend his free time running around looking for celebrities and trying to get that “perfect shot.”

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this! March 16, 2011
By HollyP
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Observing the Observers January 6, 2011
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific story 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Made Famous by Fans July 11, 2014
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Youth often dictate the future, even when they learn from adults. A teenager explores the Hollywood world around him, while developing into a young man. Is he simply documenting experiences others are interested in? Are there any costs to this lifestyle?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watching the Watchers Watch the Watched January 2, 2014
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Like the title of my review, this clever documentary presents a unique and ironic perspective of one of the more unusual cultural celebrities of Hollywood. Grenier, an actor who plays an actor in a show about the vicissitudes of fame and in turn becomes famous for playing someone famous, directs a documentary about a young Los Angeles boy who has become a paparazzo as a hobby / business and in turn becomes famous and the subject of other paparazzi.

Sidebar commentaries about the "business of fame" and the selling and reselling of celebrities as a means of milking every possible penny from celebrities by companies like TimeWarner and NewsCorp is eye-opening and should be required viewing in every High School in Amerika.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting documentary April 16, 2012
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This was a very interesting documentary. It pointed out the ridiculousness of American's fascination with celebrities. It was also interesting to see the development of the main character since he had such an interesting career choice at such a young age. The movie lets the viewer decide how they feel about the paparazzi at the end of the movie. Overall, I would recommend this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Paparazzo: Outstanding Documentary! August 20, 2011
By LD
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Teenage Paparazzo was gripping and very informative, turning the tables on the Paparazzi to show another perspective. Likewise, showing how destructive fame can be if you're not careful. Kudos to all who worked so hard on this film. Perfect, absolutely perfect! Will definitely be watching again and offering recommendations to friends for viewing as well. Congrats!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Small-Scale Documentary
I was expecting more of a movie narrative. "Teenage Paparazzo" is more of a reality TV style documentary about Adrian Grenier and this Teenage Paparazzo (Austin). Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly insightful
The main criticism I would have about this documentary is its implied justification for what I consider an extreme case of parental dereliction of duty. Read more
Published on June 23, 2011 by Greg Zerovnik
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights into fame
A thoughtful and interesting analysis of fame and why people are fascinated by celebrity culture. Also, a warts and all examination of a young teenager who becomes a paparrazo and... Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Paean To Pettiness
Here is the only logic that matters when it comes to the twisted take on reality involved in celebrity culture. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Peter P. Fuchs
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary!
I loved the film! It was both entertaining and informative, which can be a hard balance. Adrian Grenier did a great job exploring different aspects of celebrity-media relations. Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars An ever prevalent look at a celebrity obsessed culture.
A fantastic look at ourselves in regard to our hunger for a celebrity news diet. So much fun to watch. Great mix of sincerity and Comedy.
Published on March 23, 2011 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Pap
I thought that Adrian did a simply fantastic job with this movie. Far from a vanity project, he delves deep into a world of questionable values, media and celebrity with aplomb. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by AG fan
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