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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?
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
- "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
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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 Dïck 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?
Pauly, who's lost his house and is reduced to parking cars at his mom's club, THE COMEDY STORE, chooses being a dead legend, but he doesn't kill himself. Instead, he simulates a suicide with a corpse stolen from the morgue. This ruse actually works. Pauly's sudden demise becomes big news. He's the topic of TV talk shows and the cover boy on many magazines.
But everything falls apart when it's discovered that Shore isn't dead, He's arrested, tried and imprisoned, and it's while behind bars that the resurrection of Pauly Shore truly begins.
I thoroughly enjoyed this silly little picture. The DVD extras alone are worth the price of admission. Recommended!
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. He lays out before us how easily we can be manipulated into following on the bogus coattails of the entertainment industry's propaganda arm (for instance, in the film Pauly becomes beloved as a 'comic genius' who dies before his time, while all we ever saw of his 'genius' was rather shallow & limited, and he matches this up with "casting" the late Sam Kinneson as his 'guardian angel' -- an entertainer who truly did die and who really was hailed as a 'comic genius who died before his time,' even though the entire scope of Kinneson's "comedic genius" was that he was just some fat guy who screamed a lot).
In his movie, Pauly is basically telling his audience that he learned too late what many others-- like Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Jamie Foxx, Robin Williams --either learned before him or began figuring out soon enough: that to be 'pigeonholed' is to be condemned to a slow rotting death, as it were. But, in relation to this, he also showed that "Hollywood" is not always so willing for their "product" (as they think of the people they sign on) to change its formula (which is no wonder why we get inexhaustible remakes, rehashes and sequels coming from 'Tinseltown').
I believe Pauly has real talent deep down somewhere, and could definitely express it if only given a chance to break out of the mold of the "Weasel" (which was not always meant as a term of endearment). He has clearly shown some of that talent with this movie as a writer and director -- perhaps this is his "true" calling, I don't know, but it gives me hope that he, like those mentioned above, and others like Sam Raimi, can ascend to greater & more respectable heights.
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