Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pauly Shore is Dead

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Pauly Shore is Dead – 2 out of 5

Whoa, sicko! Don’t get your hopes up. I realize that Pauly Shore isn’t funny but you want him to die for that?!? This isn’t a snuff film about Pauly Shore getting murdered…instead it’s a mockumentary/satire about Shore’s life and rise to fame before he ultimately decides to fake his death for more fame and a chance to start over.

The years have not been kind to you, Pauly.

I’ve made it clear in my past reviews of Pauly Shore films when I revisited them later that I never found the movies funny or Pauly Shore the most deserving of fame. There was a time when he was at his zenith that I enjoyed him but it wore off quickly when I realized he was a one-trick pony who’s only talent was being annoying, making stupid “slithering” noises with his mouth while saying “weasel” (not sure how that sound works with a weasel) and saying “bud-dee.” But apparently Shore was aware of this fact to because in 2003 he self-produced, starred, co-written and directed this film.

He was also his own sex slave on the set.

The mockumentary opens with Shore talking about his rise to stardom and how if it wasn’t for his father being a comedian and his mother owning the most famous comedy club in all of existence he never would have had a career. I actually respect the man for admitting that his fame was handed to him and he even admits he blames no one but himself for the fans forgetting about him because he did the same tired old shtick over and over again. The phony-documentary then cuts to the premiere episode of Shore’s failed Fox sitcom and how his last cling at legitimate stardom crashes and incinerates when the show is cancelled nearly immediately. With no money and few options, Shore is convinced that the path to make himself famous again (thanks to the spirit of Sam Kinison) is to fake his own death and start again. Shore goes to elaborate lengths and fakes his demise but is ultimately found out and the backlash is horrible. While in prison, Shore decides to reinvent his life and stop being “The Weasel” and start being Pauly and decides to hone his craft and become a better actor.

Better acting...apparently.

And that’s how Pauly Shore became the A-list celebrity we know him as today and he in no way returned to his life of obscurity where he occasionally appears in menial roles in Direct-to-DVD features.

When the film opens and Shore gets honest about his career and how it was basically handed to him by having parents in the business, I discovered a new found respect for the man as he held back nothing and pulled no punches about the good times, bad times and embarrassing times of his time on top. However, the film quickly dissolves into an “I’m Pauly Shore and I’m awesome” montage after the film stops being a satire of his real-life events and becomes a mess as he tried to get famous again after faking his death. How does he try to recapture the fame he had with Jury Duty and Son in Law? By doing the exact thing he complained about at the beginning of the film. The moment he’s free to start over, Pauly Shore just redoes his tired and unfunny act we’ve seen in all his movies and Pauly Shore is Dead just turns into another Encino Man or In the Army Now.

Actress?  Ha ha...actually this movie is pretty funny.
The movie ends up becoming a giant sales pitch about how relevant he can still be thinly disguised as a confessional about how he took his fame for granted. Shore pulled in all the favors he could and overloaded the film with cameos from stars that are as passed their prime even more than he is or still bona fide stars themselves. Such has-beens as Pamela Anderson, Todd Bridges, Carson Daly, Andy Dick, Corey Feldman, Heidi Fleiss, Kato Kaelin, Mario Lopez, Carrot Top, Jerry Springer, Mark McGrath and Brittany Spears (ironically all of them guilty of using lame gambits to try and recapture their own fifteen minutes) and such still-ares as Tommy Chong, Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Bill Maher, Sean Penn, Chris Rock and Ben Stiller. There’s a joke at the end of the film that Shore used blackmail tactics to get Ben Stiller into the film but I’m wondering if the presence of Sean Penn too in this one if that wasn’t a joke but an actual documented sequence of how he got the cameos.

Warning:  The above image has been known to cause spontaneous rage and
create bad music.

He also made sure to include a fair share of stars who also took the route of making a movie to reinsert themselves into the world of fame and glamour—but these individuals went the sex tape route so be glad Shore made this film and didn’t try to make a sex tape to try and be famous again like Fred Durst, Dustin Diamond, Tom Sizemore and Verne Troyer. We also see Paris Hilton in the film who is only famous for being rich and is only a household name because she filmed herself having sex with about as much enthusiasm you would expect from a common whore.

You don't often see Paris without nighvision...it's horrible.

Despite how cheap the film looks (honestly, it looks like Shore filmed it with a camera on a cell phone) I begrudgingly respected Shore for his honesty in the beginning of the film but lost it when you realize the film was one giant golden statue of Shore’s ego and poorly hidden fact that he continues to believe his own hype from the early to mid 90s. The film ended up becoming less of a journey of self-discovery and more of an excuse to try and get Encino Man 2: The Missing Link made or Jury Duty 2: The Hung Jury…Wait...I got another one…In the Army Now 2: The PTSD Years.

Tom Sizemore is crying because he heard he's not getting a part in In the Army
Now 2

The drastic shift in tone the film takes ends up only proving why Shore’s act got tiresome yet he still tries to tack on a moral at the end and tries to make it feel like the beginning of the film—like he’s still on the journey to reinvent himself but, like the majority of the film, it feels like one giant lip-service to the man we stopped caring about in 1996.

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