Adrian Grenier, who stars as a paparazzi-chased celebrity in Entourage, follows 14-year-old Austin Visschedyk, who actually began his paparazzo career by photographing Grenier. This first film is a fascinating and entertaining study about our celebrity-crazed culture.
What Fame Hath Wrought
Grenier the director turns his documentary camera on Austin and the other cameramen who make his life as Grenier the celebrity so difficult. Austin, a kid with a camera, is a compelling cinematic subject, and watching him at work is fascinating. He's smart, energetic, good looking and personable, and he has finely focused ambitions for a child of his age. He's out with men much older than he, rolls fearlessly into rough neighborhoods at all hours of the night and takes complete responsibility for himself. At 14, he's adept at tracking down celebrities and shooting them, and he endears himself to the likes of Paris Hilton, who thinks he's cute.
On the other hand, other celebrities -- Matt Damon, Eva Longoria, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell and others -- who are interviewed in the film, suggest that Austin had better find a better expression for his talents. Their comments lead to contemplation of our celebrity-crazed culture. Those who are famous need the paparazzi, but also resent their constant presence.
Austin becomes better known and begins to focus on his own fame, and Grenier begins to worry that he might withdraw as a subject for the film. The tension that builds between them brings on discussion of what fame would do to or for Austin. Austin's mom, who has supported his career, begins to wonder whether she's done the right thing.
Grenier not only does a very good job of considering the many nuances of the relationship between paparazzi and celebrities, his presentation is thoroughly entertaining. No spoilers here, but the film has a terrific ending.
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- Title: Teenage Paparazzo
- Director: Adrian Grenier
- US Broadcast Release Date: September 27, 2010 (HBO)
- Running Time: 91 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Location: USA
- Distribution Company: HBO