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Paparazzi (Widescreen Edition)

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Action film superstar Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser) seems to have it all: beautiful wife, adoring son and a Malibu beach house. But his newfound fame comes with a price Â? heÂ's the target of paparazzi bent on making Bo and his loved ones fodder for the tabloids. Led by Â"superstarÂ" photographer, Rex (Tom Sizemore), the paparazzi become increasingly relentless, until one night their ruthless actions turn Bo and his family into victims of a terrible accident. With the police unable to help, Bo seeks vengeance on his own Â? and the paparazzi start fallingÂ...one by one.

Special Features

  • Widescreen & Full Screen on single disc
  • Commentary by Director Paul Abascal
  • Deleted Scenes w/ optional commentary
  • "Making-of" featurette
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Cole Hauser, Dennis Farina
  • Directors: Paul Abascal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNCN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paparazzi (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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I liked this movie. It was no classic, and it's garnering fairly mediocre reviews, or worse, but it was pretty enjoyable, and my wife and I both liked it. You can guess what happens, and Amazon foolishly gave away the ending with its synopsis here. Anyhow, I liked the movie because:

1) Paul Abascal is a cool guy.

2) Many people dislike the paparazzi, and within this movie we can live out a little fantasy about things turning around on them.

3) The ending was great. Predictable, but good.

Don't go into this expecting a five star movie, but if you're looking for something entertaining and well done for what it is, this movie fits the bill.
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On seeing the previews for this film back in Oct. or so and hearing that Mel Gibson directed it sure didnt suprise me,via his love for violence,(Lethal Weapon,Braveheart,The Partriot,Payback etc.)But this movie goes a lot farther than that.For one thing it is a drama,but has a comical side to it,your very much rooting for this man to just beat the $#%$ out of thsese guys for not leaving him and his family alone.And all the while he trys not to get caught in his revenge towards them,and actually sets them up very well so that they actually get themselves killed etc.This makes for a very interesting semi-drama-semi action film.Definately you can see Mel's touches in the way the story is approached and how it is executed,many little things remind you of what HE HIMSELF would have done in the Lethal Weapon films.And i will have to agree that anyone who would mess with my family would suffer the same fate:)....So i totally back this film,keep up the good work MEL!!!
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Maybe PAPARAZZI is reprehensible in its legitimizing the murder of vile photographers, but as movies go, it's entertaining and I for one was delighted to see these heartless, incendiary shutterbugs get their just desserts. Cole Hauser is effective as studly Bo Laramie, a hot new star whose life changes drastically when the paparazzi start invading all aspects of his life, eventually resulting in a car accident that seriously injures his wife and son. Hauser decides to take things on his own, and get revenge on the four responsible for this. Head honcho Tom Sizemore is vile and despicable, and one can't wait for him to get what's coming to him, that's for sure. Former cop Dennis Farina is on hand as the detective out to snare both the paparazzi and the murderer. We get some cameos from Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson, Matthew McConaughey and Chris Rock. I liked this movie, because I despise the tabloids' reckless abandon in supposedly bringing the "truth" to the world. Freedom of the press should not include stretching the truth and fabricating it as well.
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"Paparazzi" is an educational film for me. Mel Gibson was the producer on this and its a life lesson on privacy, celebrity status, and an overzealous press. The action is swift, and the screenplay is breezy, but it feels like a "Law and Order" episode.

The acting is fine, the direction is solid, and the subject is important and timely. If this was addressed sooner maybe the princess would still be with us.

Unlike most actioners, this film has a very important message. Actually two. Privacy is a right that should be everyones. Even celebrities. The second message is sometimes the press goes too far.

This movie is fun anywho and the action is solid enough tp ignore some plot holes.
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Mel Gibson served as co-producer of this routine revenge thriller that harkens back to the days of Charles Bronson in the original Death Wish. Cole Hauser stars as Bo Laramie; a rising Hollywood action star who exacts deadly revenge on a group of paparazzis (including Tom Sizemore and sleazy Daniel Baldwin) after they cause a car accident which leaves his wife (Robin Tunney) injured and his young son in a coma. Investigating the accident and the following crimes is a detective (Dennis Farina) who may or may not know what Bo is up to: all of which spirals towards an unlikely climax where the sleaze balls get what they deserve. Paparazzi is a generic revenge thriller that is partly inspired, but it's Hauser (who has been in everything from Dazed & Confused to Pitch Black to 2 Fast 2 Furious, and soon to be in the Cave) who carries the film on his shoulders which saves it from complete mediocrity. There are cameos from other celebrities pampared throughout the film; including Vince Vaughn, Chris Rock, Matthew McConaughey, and even Gibson himself.
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I enjoy an occasional trashy novel, so it shouldn't be surprising that I enjoyed this trashy flick that has no redeeming social value whatsoever.

Here, Cole Hauser is Hollywood's new golden boy action hero, Bo Laramie. Now that he's made the A-list, Bo naturally becomes prey for the PAPARAZZI, in this case a group of four led by Rex Harper (Tom Sizemore). After Laramie decks Rex for photographing the former's young son, Zach (Blake Bryan), the latter vows to destroy the star's life. One night, the photogs unintentionally cause the Laramie's car to become involved in an auto accident that puts Zach in the hospital with a coma. The paparazzis' involvement in the affair can't be proven, and they continue their harassment of the Laramies, subsequently painting Bo as a womanizer and his wife Abby (Robin Tunney) as a drug addict. Bo begins to get seriously annoyed.

PAPARAZZI is a guilty pleasure somewhat reminiscent of the first two films of the DEATH WISH series starring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, an otherwise law abiding businessman who wrecks a terrible vengeance on assorted dirtbags who kill his wife and daughter. Paul's vigilantism is suspected by cop Frank Ochoa (Vincent Gardenia), who can't prove, and perhaps even sympathizes with, Kersey's involvement. Similarly in PAPARAZZI, police Detective Burton (Dennis Farina) gives Bo long, penetrating stares, but can't do much else.

Laramie's revenge on Rex and his pals goes way beyond "eye for an eye", although his method's credibility doesn't hold up to close viewer scrutiny. What makes the comeuppance so satisfying is that Sizemore plays a particularly venomous Harper opposite Hauser's Bo, who's a rather bland Mr. Nice Guy; Sizemore steals the show.
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