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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The documentary explores the relationship between society's voyeuristic interest in celebrities and the role the paparazzi plays in satisfying this interest with insight into the ethical questions involved. It also looks at the negative impact the adult world of the paparazzi has on a 13-year-old.
Positive Role Models
The more famous Visschedyk becomes, the more obnoxiously he behaves. His mother allows him to stalk celebs alone at all hours. But many of the adult photographers respect the teenager and/or offer him advice.
Violence & Scariness
The paparazzi push, shove, and punch each other to get close to celebrities. Occasionally celebs are shown getting violent toward paparazzi. Visschedyk carries pepper spray to defend himself if necessary. He is also shown playing with a BB gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally celebs are shown wearing bathing suits or sexy clothing. Visschedyk is occasionally seen in his underwear. A crude reference is made to Britney Spears' crotch.
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Words like "ass," "pissed," "s--t," and "f--k" are frequently used, especially by the young Visschedyk himself.
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Products & Purchases
Electronics like Apple computers and iPods, Verizon Androids, and other communication devices are visible. High-end cars like Lexus and Mercedes Benz appear. Tabloid magazines like US Weekly and tabloid TV shows like TMZ are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer is occasionally visible. Drunk people are visible on the street where paparazzi hang out. References are made to cocaine and other drugs. Visschedyk makes a pact with his mom not to drink or use drugs in exchange for being permitted to stay out at all hours by himself.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that that this documentary directed by actor Adrian Grenier explores the relationship between celebrity and society by following a 14-year-old celebrity photographer. The film contains lots of strong language (including "ass," "pissed," "s--t," and "f--k"), scenes of paparazzi pushing and shoving each other to get closer to celebs (and occasionally celebs pushing back), and some crude sexual references. Beer occasionally appears onscreen, and there are references to being drunk and using drugs. The film also highlights some of the questionable parental decisions the teenager's mother makes in supporting her son's career. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is a little long, but the insight offered by the wide array of actors and comedians helps keep it interesting. Overall, it offers some interesting observations about how paparazzi, tabloids, and the entertainment industry function within today's voyeuristic society. Viewers may find themselves with a lot to think about the next time they tune in to learn more about their favorite celebrity.
Directed by Grenier, the movie offers an in-depth discussion of the sociological and psychological questions that have emerged as the result of American society's obsession with celebrity. But the real draw is Visschedyk, whose own reality becomes blurred as he goes from being a curiosity on the tabloid circuit to a global sensation thanks to the attention he receives from Grenier and other media outlets.
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