Movie review by
Will Fertman, Common Sense Media
Paparazzi Movie Poster Image
Pointless and violent.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 90 minutes

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Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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




Strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMykoP January 13, 2019

I loved it because the main character has the same zodiac sign as me!!

It was a good movie because it is classic justice good defeats evil and everyone’s happy!!!
Parent of a 2, 8, and 11-year-old Written byDa Nerd June 18, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written bycajunsloth23 April 9, 2008
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

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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