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Teenage Paparazzo
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Apr 5, 2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Adrian Grenier

Actors:
Adrian Grenier
Lewis Black
Alec Baldwin

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
ENTOURAGE star Adrian Grenier stumbles across a thirteen year old kid on the streets of L.A. one night taking pictures and soon discovers that this kid is actually a paparazzo. Intrigued and curious Grenier decides to get behind the camera and blow the lid off this kids crazy life and steal a peek in the world of the paparazzi in the process.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ive been an avid fan of ENTOURAGE from day one, some people scoff at the idea and refer to Vince and the boys as crude bullies but I know better. I have a circle of friends that mirrors that of Vince and the boys and I know if I ever became a movie star I would try to do the very same thing theyre doing in the show. Adrian Grenier hasnt done much else other than ENTOURAGE (I did enjoy his small cameo in THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) and thats fine by me as Im sure hell get around to it when he wants to but when I realized that he not only starred in this documentary but also directed it I became very interested. This is a story about Vinnie shining a light on the paparazzi world through the eyes of a thirteen year old kid hungry for the spotlight and documentary or no, it was definitely intriguing.

I dont know much about the paparazzi world but since it does go hand in hand with working in the movie biz I didnt find it hard to watch. One cool but scary aspect of their job is that theyre working all day and night, non-stop just waiting for the next star sighting. I dont know about any of you but Ive had all I can handle after an eight hour day, let alone going all night long, thats pretty hardcore. Most of these people have no lives outside of this job, no friends aside from one another (and even thats pretty sketchy at best) and because of the nature of the job it borders on obsession/stalking. On the lighter side of things making three to five large (thousand) for one picture isnt too shabby.

TEENAGE PAPARAZZO is a scary, resourceful and downright foreboding peek into the fast paced world of the paparazzi. There are two very real aspects of the film that hit me; one is the fact that most of these celebrities are hounded day and night and cant so much as scratch their asses without someone snapping a picture of it. That in itself is damn near maddening if you think about it. And two, well, there is a debate about whether or not little Austins mom is a bad parent for letting him run wild in the streets at all hours of the day and night. Grenier brings up a very valid point that hit this film home for me; these days people walk their kids like dogs with ridiculous leashes, smothering them in overprotective love like theyre made of glass. When I was a kid I ran wild through the woods with my friends until we were forced to come back inside kicking and screaming. Times certainly have changed and this film takes a smart stab at a great many issues in society aside from snapping pictures.
THE EXTRAS
Snap Shots: Theres a half hour of added footage (shot just like the film) that shows us a bit more from Austins mothers side of the table as well as from those around him but we also get more Austin on the prowl for the perfect pictures. I will say this though; the kid sure did get in good with the ladies, the lucky little bastard.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I cant say that the paparazzi are a serious enigma that I just had to dissect for myself but it was interesting enough of a concept especially considering the kid in question was a smart mouthed little punk being coached by Vinnie Chase himself (with appearances from the rest of the ENTOURAGE crew). For a documentary, it was pretty solid.
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