• Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Car crashes, a shooting, an attempted rape, and brutal fistfights.




Strong language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a lot of violence including two frightening car crashes, a shooting, an attempted rape, and a brutal fistfight. A woman is drugged, raped, and blackmailed with a videotape depicting these events. Characters use strong language and drink. This vindictive film is inappropriate for anyone under the age of 15.

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What's the story?

PAPARAZZI opens with the premiere of Bo Laramie's (Cole Hauser) breakout blockbuster action film, Adrenaline Force. Behind the flashbulbs lurks a quartet of evil photographers, led by mastermind Rex Harper (Tom Sizemore), who are willing to stop at nothing to "get the shot." They stake out Bo's house and follow him about town. When Rex takes photos of Bo's kid at soccer practice, he snaps. Bo punches Rex, and ends up convicted for assault. When Bo refuses to apologize, Rex swears to ruin his life and does so, by causing a car accident that nearly kills Bo and his family. Bo vows revenge on all of them with deadly consequences.

Is it any good?


Paparazzi is a weak revenge fantasy, dressed up like a morality play. It is a dull but violent film that will bore parents and teenagers alike. Not a single character is drawn with more than a single brush stroke. The paparazzi are portrayed as psychopathically entitled scopophiles, Bo is a simple guy pushed too far and the police are all either clueless or complicit in murder.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bo's reaction to the paparazzi's harassment. Are Bo's acts of violence at the end of the film justified? Does murder have consequences beyond capture and punishment? Parents could also discuss with teens more peaceful means of dealing with provocation.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 3, 2004
DVD/Streaming release date:September 9, 2004
Cast:Cole Hauser, Daniel Baldwin, Robin Tunney
Director:Paul Abascal
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense violent sequences, sexual content and language

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Adult Written bya_rayment April 9, 2008

17+ ??? Whats up with that!?

Okay, this movie is pretty intense but nothing more violent than Chronicles of Narnia. The movie may seen a bit to fantasy-like but the story is good and the acting is pretty good. There is no language I would not let my youngest (7) watch, maybe 5 S-words, and the sex is VERy minor!
Teen, 17 years old Written byjosh t April 9, 2008


this was a great and very suspenseful movie. There was no bad language or bad themes i htought it was fine
Parent of a 2, 8, and 11 year old Written byDa Nerd June 18, 2010


What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking