Pauly Shore Stands Alone is a true-life road documentary. The camera follows Pauly on a snowy mid-western comedy club tour, while Pauly deals with moving his ailing mother, Mitzi Shore, out of her West Hollywood mansion of 40 years.
Hey Buuudy, this is sad and deeply disconcerting. Pauly appears here in some amorphous means to resurrect a career that never truly got started in the first place. The crew tries to manufacture sympathy for a person who only engenders confusion at his originally unnerving ‘hipness’ and current state of dysfunction. The documentary really has little direction and is riddled with annoying quips and inane banter. For me, this served to place him in a very unflattering and shrill light rather than anything interesting or engaging. When you look up his net worth, it speaks to approximately 15 to 20 million. Now we are led to believe he is bringing the proverbial sheets off his bed to act as curtains . He name drops and complains about his lot in life and having to play as these dive bars, yet maybe the order foo the day would be to try to write a check from his more than ample bank account. His compassion for people is commendable, but I cannot lose sight or dismiss the disconnect. This is tantamount to a hedge fund owner holding out a tambourine in front of the subway station. Much like his earlier work, I did not find him entertaining nor credible. I’m sorry to say that Thomas Wolfe is indeed correct - you can’t go home again.
I forgot how lovable Pauly Shore always was. This was very well put together movie, and like Pauly, went nice and easy pace. How old is Pauly, thought he'd be retiring age, but he looks good, guess late 40's. America's sweet heart; worth the watch.
Watching this film truly humanized Pauly Shore for me. The film takes the viewer behind the scenes and forms an intimate storyline as Pauly tours the country while dealing with his mother's illness. The documentary perspective isn't flashy, but offers a raw and engaging interaction with Pauly as he conducts stand-up comedy in middle America. His interactions with crowd members and various fans shows how genuinely kind hearted he can be. Great movie, definitely worth the watch.
I've met Pauly a few times and have always liked him. Theres an understandable sadness in him and had me on the feels the whole time. I wish the best for him and am happy I got to spend a little time with him here in this doc.