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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) 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 (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes...

Starring:
Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Paul

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sigourney Weaver
Director Greg Mottola
Genres Comedy, Science Fiction
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 13 June 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Starring Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sigourney Weaver
Director Greg Mottola
Genres Comedy, Science Fiction
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 13 June 2011
Main languages English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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65 of 73 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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 JoshuaBUK on 29 Nov. 2012
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Great film its so funny you will laugh so much. You can watch it over and over again not matter how many times you will still like it
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horsfall - Author / Writer on 25 July 2011
Format: DVD
I've not been the biggest fan of Pegg & Frost's movies but I loved Paul. It is a simple idea; 2 Sci Fi geeks on a trek though America's UFO hotspots come across a real life alien. He's been on Earth a long time, held by the Men In Black, and is a real dude with attitude. He accompanies the geeks on a road trip, with the MIB in pursuit, in an effort to get to a spaceship that will take him home. Plays on a lot of Sci Fi clichés and with a great cameo from Sigourney Weaver. A good fun Summer movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YVONNE on 28 Jun. 2014
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What an excellent story. Loved it. Lots of little true bits and hilarious comments.
You need to see it at least twice to catch the meaty bits.
Very good. Highly recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cuban Heel VINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2011
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I went to see this at the cinema earlier in the year and watched it again the other night on DVD. Some Pegg and Frost fans have told me they didn't like it but I thought it was pretty good. It's not Shaun of the Dead, but then nothing since that film has been anywhere near as funny in my opinion. It was just so good that everything else is pretty much doomed to pale in comparison.

I remember going to watch Hot Fuzz and being a bit disappointed, but by the time I came to Paul I think I'd gotten the fact that all three are supposed to be very different films. Paul is quite a gentle comedy really. There are no moments of sheer genius that make you laugh yourself stupid, but it's still pretty funny and consistently so. I thought Paul himself had some good lines, and I loved the sci-fi movie references dotted about the film. The dialogue was witty and Pegg and Frost (Pegg especially) play nerds so very well there's little doubt they share more than a little in common with their characters.

I'd recommend as well that you watch the extended version. There's not a lot more, just a couple of extra scenes, but those scenes make the storyline flow better. One bit in particular explains why Paul crashes the car at the beginning and was obviously cut out because the section starts with him swearing and the producers wanted to get the rating down for cinema.

Anyway, yeah, I liked it. As long as you don't expect Shaun of the Dead II you'll probably think it's pretty good.
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