Paul 2010

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For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings.

Starring:
Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

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Paul

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Greg Mottola
Starring Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg
Supporting actors Nick Frost, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 April 2012
Format: DVD
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done very well for themselves with a series of films taking a modern, humorous look at the films that they (and I) grew up with. Shaun of the Dead was a great pastiche of the schlock horror genre, and Hot Fuzz was a perfect take on action films. Here they take on the next sacred cow, good old fashioned alien encounter films, primarily E.T.

Pegg and Frost play two aspiring SF writers on a road trip across America. Along the way they encounter Paul, a real, genuine, honest to goodness alien. He's a sort of intergalactic hippie, stranded on Earth and trying to blow the joint before the authorities catch up with him. The trio start on an unbelievable road trip (picking up a fundamentalist Christian along the way) with an exciting denoument as they bond, find themselves, and find what is really important in their lives.

Pastiching films such as ET, Starman, Close Encounters, Easy Rider, Men in Black (how do you pastiche a pastiche? These guys manage it brilliantly!) and a host of other alien/road trip movies, this is a gloriously loopy drive across America with some engaging characters. Frost and Pegg are in good form, but Seth Rogan, as the slightly roguish and charming Paul really steals the show. His laid back delivery really makes the relaxed intergalactic hippie come to life, and you really wouldn't mind spending time in his company.

I have bad memories of sitting through ET as a child, and I have to say I really wish that it had been a lot more like this film, without all the sappy kids stuff...

It's about as entertaining a couple of hours as you could wish for. I enjoyed it all the more as I am familiar with a lot of the cultural references being taken off, but the Better Half assures me it was also good fun for the non-cognoscenti.

5 stars for this entertaining and uplifting romp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Paul is directed by Greg Mottola and written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Film sees Pegg and Frost as two British sci-fi geeks on a U.S.A. road trip to see some famous Alien landmarks. Along the way their love of all things Alien is given an unexpected boost when they gain an unusual hitchhiker: Paul, a small, foul mouthed, pot smoking Alien being. Who asks them to help him to finally get home after years of being kept prisoner by the Government. Speaking of which, the three of them best get a move on because Government law enforcers are on their tail, and was it wise to introduce a God fearing Christian into the group?

Their chemistry set in stone, Pegg and Frost once again bounce off of each other with a naturalism that's hard to top in modern day cinema. However, be that as it may, questions were still being asked on if their first writing collaboration would yield the same perky, witty and charming results as their on screen performances thus far had. The answer, except for some minor lazy moments, is a resounding yes. But it's not in fact down to them. Yes they are integral to the warmth and frivolity that exists within, but they are surrounded by very well written and funny characters, characters that are acted superbly by an on form cast. Kristen Wiig, arguably the best American comedy actress in film at the moment, plays Ruth Buggs, a one eyed God fearing Creationist, full of energy and salty humour. Jason Bateman, a serious faced man in black "official" who delivers his dialogue like sarcasm was an art form. Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as incompetent buddy buddy feds are a riot, while secondary support from Blythe Danner and John Caroll Lynch leaves a more than mirthful mark.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Sarcosuchus on 26 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
Graham and Clive are two likeable English nerds who, after a visit to geek-Mecca Comic Con, take a road trip to America's infamous UFO hotspots. En route they encounter and hide Paul, a real, live "grey" alien, who's on the run from the US government, who've been hiding him for 50 years. With the FBI in hot pursuit, Graham and Clive's road trip becomes a race against time to get Paul to the rendezvous so his people can take him home.

There's a lot to like about Paul. The gags are numerous and funny, and while there's nothing particularly new or unpredictable here, it's all pulled off with such charm and energy that you can forgive the film its faults. Seth Rogen is great as the intergalactic stoner Paul, and Kristen Wiig is also good value as the Christian who discovers the joys of pot and swearing. And of course, Pegg and Frost do their usual schtick; and we love them for it.

It's nice to imagine that 50 years from now, people will probably talk fondly of the handful of good-hearted bromance/buddy films starring Pegg and Frost, and even though Paul lacks the darkness and manic intensity of the best of them (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) it's still a trip worth taking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Paul is an escaped alien from Area 51 or somewhere around there. He is hip, foul mouthed, and rude. Paul is picked up by two English SF nerds who are touring the US following Comic Book conventions and visiting "UFO" sites. Eventually they kidnap a born again woman named Ruth.

In order to fully appreciate the humor some basic knowledge of Star Trek, 2001, ET, Starman, X-files, Alien, and Close Encounters is required. My first laugh out loud moment came when they stopped at a gas station. As the two Brits were heading inside, Paul sticks his head out the window of the RV, bangs the side and yells, "Don't forget my Reese's Pieces!"

A must see for any Sci-Fi fan.

Foul language and sacrilegious. No nudity.
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