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Adopted (2009)

R | | Comedy | 2009 (USA)
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For hundreds of years, Africa has existed in a state of despair. Famine, civil wars and rampant disease have left the continent without hope, but for the efforts of Western do-gooders. At ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Louise Engelbrecht Louise Engelbrecht ... Game Ranger
Cindy Gold ... Cindy Iglesias (as Cindy Iglesias)
Casper Kunzewkwguta Casper Kunzewkwguta ... Taxi Passenger
Tawaka Kunzewkwguta Tawaka Kunzewkwguta ... Taxi Passenger
Thando Kunzewkwguta Thando Kunzewkwguta ... Taxi Passenger
Valerie Mare Valerie Mare ... Pauly's Driver
Peter Mata Peter Mata ... Himself
Lisel Matchessa Lisel Matchessa ... Girl on Safari Bus
Popi Faith Mbiza Popi Faith Mbiza ... Orphan #3
Lauren McGregor ... Lauren at Game Farm
Tracy McGregor Tracy McGregor ... Show Groupie
Steven Moolman Steven Moolman ... Orphanage Reception
Odwa Mpambaniso Odwa Mpambaniso ... Orphan #1
Evelyn Muyimane Evelyn Muyimane ... Witchdoctor / Sangoma
Inga Nkurunziza Inga Nkurunziza ... Wrong Kid


For hundreds of years, Africa has existed in a state of despair. Famine, civil wars and rampant disease have left the continent without hope, but for the efforts of Western do-gooders. At first, they arrived with food, bibles and the magic of penicillin; more recently they have hosted rock concerts and sent plane loads of grain. And in the last decade of the 20th century they arrived and took babies home with them. First there was Angelina, then Madonna, and now...Pauly Shore! The film builds its comedy foundation on the international interest in Celebrity Adoptions, and the debate that surrounds these transactions on both sides of the Atlantic. Sometimes politically incorrect and never scared to tread on manicured toes. Written by Pauly Shore

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Rated R for some language

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South Africa

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Pauly being Pauly in the 2000's
14 January 2011 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Adopted is not only a movie spoofing the recent celebrity fad, but it also proves that Pauly Shore can take a super serious topic like adoption in another country and turn it into a hilarious adventure. The film tells the story of how Pauly Shore travels to Africa to adopt a child that he has wanted for a long time. While trying to accomplish what he thinks is a simple goal, is actually more trouble than he had bargained for. And here comes a ninety minute doc-mockumentary about it.

Adopted is very similar to Pauly's 2004 mockumentary Pauly Shore is Dead where the actor himself fakes his own death, and becomes the genius that died before his time. The film takes on the role of being serious, when it's really one big joke on the audience and the people around Pauly in the film. It could almost be compared to Bruno where the lead character is just minding his own business, acting normal, and the people around him notice he has a screw loose.

Pauly Shore, like I said, doesn't have too much luck trying to adopt a kid. He looks into adopting an African youth named Odwa, who is just like a younger, hyper version of Pauly Shore. They seem to like each other, but Pauly's goal is to meet as many kids as he can before making a final decision. He meets two other children in the mix as well before coming to a consensus.

There is not a whole lot to say about this film, which is why mockumentaries make short reviews. There isn't a whole lot of plot, or important things to mention even when the film was good. You can clearly see Pauly is trying to win back old fans by acting like his crazy self. The flaw with that his he's in his early forties. He's running out of gas much like Tom Green. Not to say he's not still funny, he just doesn't compare to the nineties Pauly everyone knows and loves.

Adopted isn't perfect, but it's nice just to see a classic actor back doing his thing - making people (like me) laugh.

Directed by and Starring: Pauly Shore.

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