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A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cole Hauser ... Bo Laramie

Robin Tunney ... Abby Laramie

Dennis Farina ... Detective Burton

Daniel Baldwin ... Wendell Stokes

Tom Hollander ... Leonard Clark

Kevin Gage ... Kevin Rosner
Blake Michael Bryan ... Zach Laramie (as Blake Bryan)

Tom Sizemore ... Rex Harper

Andrea Baker ... Emily

Jordan Baker ... Dr. Kelley

Joe Basile ... Police Lab Tech

Lauren Birkell ... Allison

Wendy Braun ... Bo's Publicist

Kelly Carlson ... Kristin
Greg Castro ... Policeman

Robert Catrini ... Smartass Paparazzi

Larry Cedar ... Charlie

Dennis Cockrum ... Coroner
Joel Connable ... Reporter
Duane Davis ... Reggie

Michael Dempsey ... Soccer Coach

Giuliana Rancic ... Herself (as Giuliana DePandi)
Andi Eystad ... Sierra

Donal Gibson ... Deputy Wilson

David Ury ... Fan

Noah Harpster ... Fan

Tim Halligan ... Forensic Investigator

Michael Holden ... Bo's Lawyer
Anthony R. Jones ... CSI Guy

Tory Kittles ... David

Clyde Kusatsu ... Dr. Hanson

Sal Lopez ... Mexican Man

Fay Masterson ... Marcy
Kathe Mazur ... Second Assistant Director

Brian McNamara ... Bo's Agent

Bobby Neely ... Officer (as Robert Lee Neely II)
Leyna Nguyen ... Female Field Reporter
Dean Nolen ... Reporter

Angela Martinez ... Reporter

Chris Rock ... Pizza Delivery Guy
Forry Smith ... Deputy Walker
Patrick Stinson ... Patrick Stinson

Tim Thomerson ... Uniformed Officer

Irena A. Hoffman ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Abascal ... Director of "Adrenaline Force 2" (uncredited)

Mel Gibson ... Anger Management Therapy Patient (uncredited)

Holly Hindman ... Beach Runner (uncredited)
Boyd Kelly ... Paparrazi (uncredited)

Kaiwi Lyman ... Fan (uncredited)

Matthew McConaughey ... Himself (uncredited)
Matthew McCullough ... Fan (uncredited)

Crystal Michelle ... Felicia (uncredited)
Matt E. Smith ... Fan in crowd (uncredited)

Scott R. Tomasso ... Paparazzi (uncredited)

Vince Vaughn ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Abascal 
Writing credits
Forry Smith (written by) (as Forrest Smith)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... producer
Mel Gibson .... producer
Kevin Lake .... co-producer
Stephen McEveety .... producer
Louise Rosner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robin Russell 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
Wendy Weidman 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Set Decoration by
Lance Lombardo 
Costume Design by
Denise Wingate 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... key makeup artist
Ken Diaz .... key makeup artist
André Dubois .... key hair stylist
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup department head
Larry Waggoner .... hair department head
Production Management
Wendi Lampassi .... production supervisor: additional photography
Rajeev Malhotra .... post-production supervisor
John Nelson .... production supervisor: additional photography
Louise Rosner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eva Franzen .... second second assistant director
Wendi Lampassi .... second assistant director
John Nelson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Aeryn Donnelly .... assistant art director
Douglas Fox .... property master
William 'W' Gilpin .... construction coordinator
Christopher Glass .... storyboard artist
David Goldstein .... lead painter
Dean B. Katz .... lead man
Amy Montgomery .... art department coordinator
Jeff Ozimek .... set designer
Michael P. Sweeney .... assistant property master
Christopher Parker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jason Brennan .... sound engineer
Tim Cooney .... sound mixer
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Flick .... foley editor
Avram D. Gold .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Phillip A. Hamilton .... adr recordist
Steve Lee .... sound librarian
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Piero Mura .... sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Josephine Nericcio .... assistant sound editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor
George W. Scott .... utility sound technician
George Simpson .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Sorensen .... boom operator (as Kevin K. Sorensen)
Jussi Tegelman .... sound effects editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Kay .... special effects technician
David Marten .... special effects foreman
Lee McConnell .... special effects coordinator (as L.A. McConnell)
Dennis Yeager II .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Joel Ariniello .... digital artist
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording supervisor: Cinesite Hollywood
Steven Fagerquist .... digital compositing artist
Bryan Hirota .... visual effects supervisor
Peter Koczera .... senior digital artist
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Diana Miao .... matte/texture painting supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Julie Orosz .... visual effects producer: CIS-Hollywood
Brian Shows .... digital intermediate supervisor
Brian Smallwood .... digital artist
Johnny Wilson .... visual effects
Diane Wright .... digital asset manager: Laser Pacific
Marian Rudnyk .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jeff Brockton .... stunts
Wendi Bromley .... stunt double: Robin Tunney
John Cade .... stunts
Jeff Cadiente .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunt double
Monty Cox .... stunts (as Lamont Cox)
Cindy Daniels .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Jared S. Eddo .... stunts (as Jared Eddo)
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Paul M. Lane .... stunts
Oakley Lehman .... stunts
Paula Leone .... stunts
Parise Livanos .... stunts
Mike Massa .... stunt performer
L.A. McDonnell .... stunts
Marty Murray .... stunts (as Marty Murray II)
Doug O'Dell II .... stunts (as Doug C. O'Dell)
Monte Rex Perlin .... stunts (as Monte Perlin)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (as Charlie Picerni Sr.)
Christophe Roblin .... stunt driver
Erik Stabenau .... stunts (as Eric Stabenau)
John Tamburro .... helicopter stunt pilot
Michael Trisler .... stunt double: Cole Hauser
Mike Tristler .... stunts
Nancy Young .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... camera operator: "b" camera
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Paul Birk .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Jeffrey A. Cook .... light balloon technician
Harry K. Garvin .... Steadicam operator
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mike Hodges .... key grip
David Howard .... assistant camera
Kevin Ivey .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Charles B. Katz .... assistant camera
Scott Kidner .... lighting technician
Larry McCarron .... company grip
Jim McComas .... rigging electrician
Max Neal .... first assistant camera
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician
David A. Seekins .... assistant camera
Joseph T. Terranova .... assistant chief lighting technician: additional photography
Casting Department
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Cabada .... assistant costume designer
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Lori Harris .... set costumer
Stephen Oh .... costumer
Tony Velasco .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mike Grant .... assistant editor
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Frank Roman .... digital intermediate color timer
Brian Shows .... digital intermediate consultant
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Lonnie A. Mathes .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Gary Krause .... music editor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Steve Salani .... orchestral coordinator
Ken Weiss .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Robert aaron Brown .... driver
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
Lance Cherniet .... driver
Paul Jones .... driver
Charlie Ping .... driver
Mike Shannon .... transportation captain
Other crew
Carol Andrade .... assistant: Tom Sizemore
Carlos A. Aragon .... assistant location manager
Taylor Boyd .... location assistant
Danielle C. Carroll .... production assistant
Anna L. Coats .... key assistant location manager
Gwen Everman .... production accountant
Jennifer Fukasawa .... assistant: Steve McEveety
Lisa Furia .... second assistant accountant
Peter Graf .... aerial Stab-C technician
Ronald E. Hairston .... key craft service
David Hickey .... payroll accountant
Kelly Himovitz .... assistant locations
Brady Jennings Beaubien .... assistant: Paul Abascal
Tiffany Noel Kinder .... location scout: pre-production
Paul Pawlowski .... first assistant accountant
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Veronica Pinto .... assistant: Cole Hauser
Barbara Rosing Hoke .... production coordinator
Bob Shapiro .... production accountant
Anthony Steinhart .... set production assistant
Samuel W. Sullivan .... script supervisor: re-shoots
Ryan Tighe .... key production assistant
Scott L. Treger .... stand-in: Tim Thomerson
Jude S. Walko .... assistant production coordinator: preparation
Bonnie F. Watkins .... assistant: Bruce Davey
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, sexual content and language
84 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Tom Sizemore was off the picture for two weeks, recovering from a car accident. A small scar can be spotted on his forehead in some scenes as a result of this.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): On the cover of the Paparazzi magazine, the word "accident" is spelled "accicdent".See more »
[Harper and Stokes just came back from Laramie's house]
Wendell Stokes:So what do we do now?
Rex Harper:[with increasing anger] The whole idea of going IN THERE, Wendell, was to protect ourselves. If we were worried about Laramie coming after us before, we have GUARANTEED it now!
Wendell Stokes:Why don't we go to the police?
Rex Harper:[incensed and angrier] And tell them what? "We broke into his house. YOU *ATTACKED* HIS WIFE! And that WE would like some protection?" You are a moron, Wendell. You are an ABSOLUTE *MORON*!
Wendell Stokes:Hey, what the hell do you expect me to do? The bitch was all over me!
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Obvious and straight-forward, but there's a lesson in here to be learned, 11 September 2005
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

I hate tabloid press as much as the next person. But I will be honest to you about how I feel about movie stars. It is a dishonest profession. I don't believe in actors getting paid $20 million for a single film and living in multiple mansions when harder working folks get nothing. But then you have to consider what the character of Bo Laramie says in this film. Perhaps every time someone takes your picture you lose a bit of your soul. Maybe the constant hassling of the press is only worth $20 million. Celebrities do rub it in our faces a bit too much about how much money they have. We are the ones that see their movies and buy their CDs. It's because of us that they have what they have right? And when we want a little bit of them back, when we want a little insight into their lives that ultimately, we, have helped create for them, they often bite back with attitude.

There is a line that is not to be crossed though. The odd picture here and there is more than enough. But as there are so many, many tabloid magazines out there, all with the same kind of single-word single-syllable title, the business has become very diluted and all of them are willing to buy the most mundane photos of celebs doing uninteresting things. Not only this, but they take it to rather perverted extremes and it baffles me that anyone could be at all interested in it. I've seen long-shots of celebs hanging around like any person ought to but with massive close-ups of sweaty armpits, circled for the benefit of anyone not enlightened to the point of the picture. Morbid close-ups of some celebrity's blouse revealing some milkshake she spilled a few hours earlier is just plain creepy. Sadly, there are thousands of parasites out there who are willing to fork over their hard-earned cash for such rags. I'll never understand the fascination.

Celebs are made out to be Gods of some kind. Something we all want to be but never can. Their teeth are perfect, their wives/husbands beautiful, their children beautiful, their homes are palaces and their lifestyles enviable. Most of us live our whole lives in jealousy of celebs. This is why we just want a little bit more back from them. They can afford it right? With all that money and 'power' a few pics here and there won't hurt will they? Well, I can't imagine myself liking it very much. And, considering the crap I've seen some celebs take, I personally don't think any of it's worth $20 million. Punching a Paparazzo in the face with my fist going through his camera first sounds like the best image of all in my opinion. Since a union of celebs is actually quite powerful, I do believe their wills be much, much tighter laws in the near future to curb Paparazzi. There's always some story of some actor taking a weaselly photographer to court.

Or you could do it the way Bo Laramie does.

Laramie (Cole Hauser) is a former Montana carpenter who has, by pure chance, become a star in Hollywood through various xXx-style action movies. The public loves him and wants more than he is willing to offer. His private life is constantly being invaded by those peeking in. But they are taking pictures too. Rex Harper (the very cool, but sadly self-destructive, Tom Sizemore) is one of those pesky photographers. And Laramie doesn't take too kindly to Harper taking pics of his son playing football. He responds by punching out Harper, only a group of his Paparazzi pals (including Danny-the best Baldwin, the psycho killer from Heat, and some highly annoying English guy you can't wait to see hanging from a tree) catch the whole thing on film and whore out their footage to the highest bidder.

Now with a personal vendetta between them a childish game is promptly brought to an end (or only just beginning) when they involve Laramie and his family in a Princess Diana-style car wreck. And instead of calling an ambulance, they take pictures of their bloody bodies. Sadly, it's not sounding far-fetched yet.

Having not learned from other's mistake Laramie is still hassled by the photographers and press and they continue to fabricate stories and bend (read utterly distort) the truth to line their own pockets. Little do they know Laramie is planning a Punisher-style revenge on the 4 dolts responsible for his tragedy.

Click on my reviews to find a coninuation of this criticism in another film of the same name as the IMDb only allows 1000 words.

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