Pauly Shore is Dead

Year: 
2003
Rated: 
R
Genre: 
Mockumentary
Director: 
Pauly Shore
Writer(s): 
Kirk Fox
Pauly Shore
Actor(s): 
Pauly Shore
Kirk Fox
W. Earl Brown
Todd Bridges
Carrot Top
Runtime: 
82
Review: 

Pauly Shore has finally learned what the rest of us have known for over a decade - Pauly Shore sucks.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of comedians that suck more than Pauly Shore. Carrot Top is the first one that comes to mind, who coincidentally also stars in Pauly Shore is Dead as Pauly's nemesis. Gallagher and Martin Lawrence also suck more than Pauly Shore, but neither were invited to be in the movie.

The premise of this film is that after his Fox sitcom is canceled, Pauly's life goes to shit and he ends up living with his mom and parking cars at her Comedy Club. [I am pretty sure that the film is an accurate portrayal of Pauly's life up to this point.] One night, he is visited by the ghost of Sam Kinison (his one-time babysitter) and gets the idea to fake his own death. The plan works at first and Pauly is hailed as a misunderstood genius by the comedy community. But eventually, Pauly gets caught and is sent to prison, where he meets Todd Bridges and redeems himself. Awwwww...heartwarming.

There is a bizarre subplot involved Bucky from Kentucky, Pauly's biggest fan. After Pauly is found to have faked his death, Bucky renounces Son-in-Law as his favorite film and goes after Pauly. Unfortunately, Bucky does not succeed.

Strangely enough, Pauly is actually likable in this film. As soon as you realize that Pauly knows that he sucks and admits that the Wiez is just a construct created to distance himself from people, you start to really feel for the guy. Of course, there's always the possibility that this is some kind of sympathy psyche-out and Pauly still is oblivious to fact that he sucks and is still a sex addict and will continue to make shitty comedy for the rest of his life. Only time will tell, I guess.

I was amazed at the high quality cameos that Pauly was able to scrounge up. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres. There were definitely some low rent cameos - Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson, Tommy Chong, Britney Spears. And then there were the people who probably showed up to the shoot uninvited - Andy Dick, Kato Kaetlin, Heidi Fleiss, Nicky and Paris Hilton - and RICO SUAVE! WTF? Tom Sizemore had more than a cameo - although he played himself, he was portrayed as one of Pauly's close buddies. Maybe they met via Heidi? I was amused that they threw in a joke about getting Sizemore confused with Michael Madsen - I used to do that all the fucking time!

I cannot believe I am going to recommend a Pauly Shore movie, but yeah, it was pretty funny - I would even watch it again.

"Hey, aren't you Tom Sizemore?" - Pauly Shore