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Paparazzi Talk about a bad hair day. Mel Gibson's former hairdresser, Paul Abascal, directs this Gibson-produced ''revenge thriller'' about stalkerazzi...PaparazziPT92M Talk about a bad hair day. Mel Gibson's former hairdresser, Paul Abascal, directs this Gibson-produced ''revenge thriller'' about stalkerazzi...2005-01-10Wendy BraunDennis FarinaTom Sizemore20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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Paparazzi

Starring: Cole Hauser, Robin Tunney; Starring: Wendy Braun, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore; Director: Paul Abascal; Release Date Wide: 09/03/2004; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 92; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Talk about a bad hair day. Mel Gibson’s former hairdresser, Paul Abascal, directs this Gibson-produced ”revenge thriller” about stalkerazzi terrorizing a movie star, played by Cole Hauser, who heavy-handedly broods through the film — pretending to be the important actor he’ll never become in real life, judging by this disaster. Meanwhile, Forrest Smith’s banal dialogue and simplistic story arc prevent Paparazzi from providing even some camp entertainment (unless it’s the inexplicable youth soccer montage backed by bumpin’ techno beats).

EXTRAS The inside look at how stuntmen fall out of windows (tip: Avoid the fire escapes) is interesting and informative; conversely, the making-of featurette plays more like an extended trailer. Abascal offers mundane commentary and the deleted scenes grant nothing more than relief that Paparazzi wasn’t two whole minutes longer.

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