Pauly Shore

Pauly Shore Stands Alone

It sounds like a joke: a serious documentary about Pauly Shore‘s late-in-life (and probably late-in-career) struggles, from money to fame to family to love. We’ve seen this before, right? It was called Pauly Shore Is Dead and it’s over ten years old and it was totally, totally fake. Not this time around. Pauly Shore Stands Alone is the film that Shore probably should have made in place of Pauly Shore Is Dead, though it stands to reason that, a decade ago, Shore might not have been nearly as ready to peel back the layers of his life and take a hard look at what he found underneath. (After all, Pauly Shore Is Dead is all about the comedian trying to recapture his life by pretending to be dead, which isn’t exactly a mature response to anything.) This latest doc, directed by Shore (hey, who knows the guy better), had a strong showing at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year, and Showtime has just picked the film up, ensuring that Shore fans (Shore Things? can we call them that?) can check it out before the year is out. But if you want a taste at what the film is all about, take a peek at its first trailer (via /Film and Deadline), which packs an unexpected emotional punch. Watch Pauly Shore stand alone after the break (and damn if you don’t get a little misty while doing it).

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There are certain auteurs out there, like the Coen brothers or Paul Thomas Anderson, who have never made any sequels to their fan favorite films. They’re artists who are always taking on new challenges, always attempting to break new ground. Pauly Shore is the same way. I’m certain that somebody somewhere has been clamoring for Encino Man 2, The Son In-Law 2, and especially In the Army Now 2 for years, but Shore has been unrelenting, always committed to moving forward and exploring new territory. All of that is supposedly about to change, however. Shore was recently a guest on Andy Dick’s Internet talk show Andy Dick Live, and during their conversation the talk turned to their memories starring together in 1994’s signal-of-the-end-of-Pauly-Shore’s-relevance, In the Army Now. Dick was the first to suggest that it might finally be time to give their biggest fans exactly what they want by filming a sequel called In the Army Again. He even went as far as to suggest that in the film their characters should, ” …rescue Katey Parry (sic) from a USO show gone bad or something.” Instead of laughing off the concept like anyone with an ounce of sanity would, Shore responded by saying, “We just need a script and someone to back the project and I’m in.” Then, to make matters worse, FilmOn.TV (the company that produces Dick’s show) CEO Alki David chimed in and said, “I’ll back it if both of you star in it.”

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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