Paparazzi (2005) 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…
DVD Review

Paparazzi (2005)

EW's GRADE
F

Details Release Date: Jan 11, 2005; DVD Release Date: Jan 11, 2005; With: Cole Hauser and Robin Tunney; 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.

Originally posted Jan 10, 2005 Published in issue #801 Jan 14, 2005 Order article reprints