Pauly Shore Is Dead

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4.41 h 21 min2003R
Hollywood's Pauly Shore loses everything, fakes his own death, and gets caught!
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Pauly Shore
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Pauly ShoreSean PennPam Anderson
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Comedy
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Annie Van AukenReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A has-been's death and rebirthg
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I'm not a Pauly Shore fan, have never wasted my time on any of his bombs, but something told me PAULY SHORE IS DEAD (2004) would be worth seeing. It turns out my guess was correct.

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 [[ASIN:B0002JZT5U 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!
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Annie Van AukenReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
A has-been's death and rebirth
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I'm not a Pauly Shore fan, have never wasted my time on any of his bombs, but something told me PAULY SHORE IS DEAD (2004) would be worth seeing. It turns out my guess was correct.

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 [[ASIN:B0002JZT5U 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!
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NemoReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Looks like all of Hollywood came out to help Pauly with his production.
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So good to watch Pauly Shore again. He is funny. I like his videos. I forget that the videos I watch on Amazon are about 5 years old or more. This is new to me. I like that he had a variety of good actors , comedians, dancer's and singers in his video. I like how incorporated some of their real life experiences in the production. This was different. I have never seen so many entertainers in one video.
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Ace-of-StarsReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
EXPOSING HOLLYWOOD, One Hypocrisy at a Time!
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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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Kitty MartiniReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
There are tons of really bad unwatchable "comedy" movies out there
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Pauly Shore has a very distinctive style of comedy. This movie speaks directly to those who appreciate his playful persona. There are tons of really bad unwatchable "comedy" movies out there. At least this movie is an entertaining and honest look at how to transition from being a well known character to a versatile artist. If you like comedy thats really stupid.....delivered in a brilliant way, this is it.
ArtSpikerReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible movie
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The movie looks like it was filmed with an iPhone. There are a lot of homophobic remarks throughout among other vulgar remarks that just aren't funny. I would say this put the final nail in the coffin for his career.
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Mrs MidWest CoastReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
80s Babies a Must Watch
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Hilarious and refreshing, classic Pauly. Watch it!
tim1Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great item, great price, great doc. 5 stars!!
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Great item, great price, great doc. 5 stars!!
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