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PAPARAZZI (2004) ** ½

Mel Gibson produced this formulaic but pretty entertaining B picture. It basically does for paparazzi photographers what The Hand That Rocks the Cradle did for babysitters.

Cole (Pitch Black) Hauser stars as an up and coming movie star whose life and family is threatened by a group of unscrupulous tabloid photographers. In the end, he eventually turns the tables on his attackers. It’s nothing you ain’t seen before, but it’s worth checking out for Tom Sizemore’s muy gonzo and ultra sleazy performance as the ringleader of the demented paparazzi. Gibson used his clout to get some famous friends (Matthew McConaghey, Vince Vaughn, Chris Rock, etc.) to make cameos, and even shows up himself in a funny bit. Had it not been for his involvement this probably would have went straight to video.

Co-starring Robin (The Craft) Tunney as Hauser’s wife, Dennis (Manhunter) Farina as a cop, and Daniel (Celebrity Fit Club) Baldwin as a photographer. Sizemore was arrested shortly after the film’s release after allegedly beating his girlfriend Heidi Fleiss. No matter what you think of his offscreen antics, you can’t deny how great he is in this, especially when saying shit like “I’m going to destroy your life and eat your soul, and I can’t wait to do it!”
Tags: p, thriller
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