‘Teenage Paparazzo’ Movie Review


Director: Adrien Grenier

Plot: Hollywood celebrity and star of the show Entourage Adrian Grenier notices a fourteen year old boy has taken up work as a member of the paparazzi, freelance photographers who stalk celebrities hoping to earn a keep selling their photos to gossip mags and websites.

Review: At the beginning of this documentary Grenier seems a little green having taken on the role a director for the first time. His voice over narration, presumably intended to give the story an autobiographical touch, initially seems a little bit to rehearsed and scripted and gives the impression that he is very much out of his element. With this repeat viewer, however, it is clear that a celebrity taking a genuine interest in the lives of those on the other side of the flashbulbs is possibly the most interest perspective on the subject that viewers can be offered.

There is absolutely no inappropriate comment I could make right here.

Keeping up with the ‘lives’ of celebrities has been a major pastime for those in the Western world, whether it be obsessively poring over the weekly gossip rags or glancing of Perez Hilton there has been a steady increase in the amount of press being broadcast about the select few regardless of their perceived talent. Youtube stars such as Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black and heiress Paris Hilton have proven that you don’t need to be capable of anything remarkable to become the focus of the broadcast media. After becoming a minor celebrity himself following the success of Entourage Grenier has found himself on the receiving end of these attentions and turns the cameras on the paparazzi themselves.

What makes it interesting viewing is that Grenier seems to be completely sincere is his attempt to get a handle on the celebrity culture that is the focus of so much energy and, at times, violent responses from the press. He covers quite a bit of territory in his efforts, from tailing the titular teenage paparazzo to his shoots to taking on the job himself (and having quite jostled in the process). He uses his extensive contacts in the business to obtain interviews with many famous faces. Whilst listening to Pairs Hilston prattle like a child is again to nails on a blackboard it would seem amiss not to include her considering how much attention from the paparazzi she garners.

At times Grenier’s efforts do feel a little amateurish, such as sit down interviews with his Entourage co-stars that look as though they’re doing him a favour during their lunch break. Some of the scenes (such as the aforementioned stint as a pap himself) feel a little gimmicky but the results are always interesting. Like many other new documentations Grenier seems determined to create a perfectly unbiased examination of the subject, which doesn’t always lead to a better film. One can’t deny that his heart isn’t in the right place.

Ultimately it is a worthwhile examination of one of the great obsessions of the modern world and worth checking out for anyone who’s ever complained about the paparazzi or a celebrity being a poor role model.

Score: SEVEN outta TEN