Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  January 2003 (USA)
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Hollywood's Pauly Shore loses everything, fakes his own death, and gets caught!



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen's Girl
Beaumont Bacon ...
Pauly Look-A-Like Contestant
Adam Barnhardt ...
Dan Barnes ...
Cop #4
A.J. Benza
Tourist #2
Zoey Abernacky
Blunt ...
Newspaper Stand Attendant
Bucky From Kentucky
Julia Brox ...
Springer Girl #2
Julie Bruce ...
Tourist #9 in Van


Hollywood comedian/actor Pauly Shore loses everything: his house, nobody in Hollywood wants to represent him, he moves back home with his mom and is now parking cars at the Comedy Store. Then one night when he's up in his mom's loft, a dead famous comedian appears who tells Pauly to kill himself cause he'll go down as a comedic genius who died before his time. Pauly then fakes his own death, and the media goes crazy. Celebrities are talking about him on MTV and girls are fighting over him on Jerry Springer. It's everything that he wanted...his plan worked. A week or so later the LAPD is tipped off about his whereabouts and they break down the door of the seedy motel room that he's hiding out in and throw him in LA County's celebrity wing. Written by Ciaran O'Shea

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Hollywood will never be the same.



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Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Entirely funded by Pauly Shore. See more »


When Pauly and Kirk are driving through Los Angeles a billboard promoting the movie Red Planet is seen in the background. This scene is taking place in 1997, "Red Planet" wasn't released until 2000. See more »


Adam Sandler: [Offscreen, in a mocking voice] Fuck you Sandler! Fuck you Sandl... AHHH HORSESHIT!
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Crazy Credits

"This movie is dedicated to all the people who helped me make it, and to all my fans who helped me pay for it." See more »


References Seinfeld (1989) See more »


Rico Suave
Written by F. Cooke, Gerardo Mejía (as Gerardo E. Mejia), S. Alberto Sleznyger
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What's the opposite of a narcissist?
6 April 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A narcissist is one who has excessive love or admiration of oneself. You'd think a person who writes, directs and stars in a movie about himself would fit that definition. But it's the exact opposite.

"Pauly Shore Is Dead" is a satirical, self-deprecating (self-loathing?) autobiography by a man who was once on top of the world but now he's flattened by it. The movie is mostly predictable, with silly gags and one-liners typical of the plastic 80s and early 90s partycoms we loved so much. Pauly stayed true to the genre that made him a hit.

But what I liked were the introspective moments peppered throughout, particularly toward the end, where we see that maybe Pauly could, in fact, be another Robin Williams or Adam Sandler... a typecast slapstick comedian who manages to break out of the mold and become a legitimate actor. The story is superficial, and if you choose to read between the lines--realizing that this movie itself is part of the autobiography--it's a grand experience.

Dozens of great cameo appearances make this film a treat. From the opening scene with arrogant Charlie Sheen, to the clips of angry Ben Stiller, to the scene with penniless Gerardo rapping on the side of the road (remember "Rico Suave"?), to the bit with ditzy Paris Hilton or clueless Britney Spears ("Pauly Shore? Oh you mean the guy who was on MTV *before* I was born!") there's tons of comedic eye candy, especially for the 90s pop culture crowd. I think that's the key to all the fun. You don't necessarily need to be a Pauly fan in order to be entertained, as long as you recognize some of the big & upcoming stars of the late 90s.

"Pauly Shore Is Dead" is not a big budget production, so don't expect polished Hollywood finesse. It seems like a lot was shot on digital cameras, giving it a cheap, homemade feel (deliberately?). The soundtrack is sorta cheezy (again, deliberately?) but with a few big hits like The Cars "Let the Good Times Roll", a tune by Eminem, and ironically a tune by Limp Bizkit, whose singer appears in a cameo handing a demo cd to Pauly and subsequently getting into a fight, yelling "You'll see! My band is going to make it big and we'll never ask you to be in our video!" (the irony being that Pauly has appeared in several).

So brush up on your 90s pop culture, then pop this movie in & have a blast. Movies I would compare this to are "Best in Show" (or any of the excellent Christopher Guest mockumentaries, "Napoleon Dynamite", and a weird, undiscovered dark comedy called "Circus Maximus ".

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