Adopted (2009)





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Comedian Pauly Shore attempts to adopt a child during a trip to Africa. Determined to leave his playboy past behind and create the kind of "instant family" enjoyed by such celebrities as Madonna and Angelina Jolie, Shore enlists the aid of a social worker friend in taking a variety of African "orphans" on day-trips to test their compatibility. As Shore's politically incorrect quest intensifies, he explores a foreign land and makes some new friends.

Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Pauly Shore
On DVD: Jun 15, 2010
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The entire film is full of lazy, mean-spirited gags that say nothing about the admittedly ripe-for-satire target of celebrity adoptions.

Full Review… | June 18, 2010

If it sounds like a topic ripe for a sincere discussion, let me remind you that we're talking about Pauly Shore here. Adopted is nothing more than a half-assed Comedy Central special.

Full Review… | June 10, 2010

Audience Reviews for Adopted

Pauly Shore is back with another mockumentary that he has written and directed called Adopted poking fun at the ridiculousness of celebrity, and pointing out the general lack of knowledge and superior attitude that many people have towards adoption in Africa.

After spending time with his brother's kids, Pauly begins to feel something is missing in his life; namely children. Instead of starting a relationship, getting married and having his own kids, Pauly decides to do what Angelina Jolie and Madonna did. Go to Africa and adopt.

If you're familiar with his over-the-top style, then you shouldn't have any problems. If you're not then it is for certain that you will find this movie very racist and one that makes humorless jabs at stereotypical Africa ridiculing them and their culture that says nothing about the real social issues facing the people who live in Africa.

On the plus side, Shore closes the movie with a disclaimer avowing that adoption is no laughing matter, and citing statistics on how many orphans worldwide are in need of parents. But nothing in the movie indicates that he takes the issue seriously at all, even from a satirical perspective.

This movie borrows heavily from the Sacha Baron Cohen School of filmmaking and can be compared to similar movies such as Bruno and Borat.

Deb S

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Pauly Shore being himself in Africa. There are a few funny jokes but it's not even really worth a rental.


This had a couple funny moments, but had more of a documentary feel to it. I wonder how many of these people were in on the joke ? then it would be funnier. For example, if he truly took the wrong kid home from the mountain and left his adopted kid up there. If I knew 100% that was real, then it would be hilarious. I was glad to see Pauly back in action though?

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