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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

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 4 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Greg Mottola's touch for comedy feels very different from Edgar Wright. Wright directed Pegg and Frost in their best loved movies such as 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', and has a touch for the flashily absurd that was a little lighter and easier. Motola is very good, but his style feels a little more predictable and 'American'. However it's still a funny movie, and Pegg and Frost make great heroes with their natural banter and buddy chemistry.
I was very relieved by Seth Rogen's performance when they met 'Paul', as advertising had given the impression he'd be nothing but an unfunny stream of profanity and fart gags. Instead he's played as a rounded 'character' with a believable slacker personality and feelings. He gets some VERY funny profanity-studded lines, but it's not the one-gag performance that I feared, and he ends up very likeable.
Jane Lynch pops up in a great cameo, and fans of comic books and sci-fi films will be in heaven: the film not only embraces massive event Comic-Con with scenes set there, but is such a constant stream of in-jokes and references that it requires a second viewing just to keep up. Everything from 'Close Encounters', to the jailbreak scene in 'Star Wars' gets referenced and often cleverly quoted verbatim. The film-makers also make efforts to explain the resons behind the prevalence of alien 'grey' images in a scene that involves Rogen and Frost shouting hilarious dialogue at each other.
The pursuing Agency personnel are humourous if never hilarious, and there's a hell of a cameo from a major sci-fi star that's well worth the wait.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 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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67 of 75 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 Zaroff on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Big american landscapes, plenty of local colour and two fizzy english comic geeks meet up with an equally eccentric but likeable alien... The plot rolls along well enough, given that its a road-movie flavoured trip, & plays with cliches & homages to past great sci-fi, that seems to arise in usual fashion for a modern comedy movie. The animation of the alien is excellently lit, with a convincing reality to it.

However, i nearly rendered this for a 3 star movie, if not for the fact by the end of the movie the 'feel-good' needle clicked over far enough thanks to the sheer Pegg and Frost cheeriness. I am no puritan, but the swearing throughout in every scenario became remorseless. The idea of swearing as a gag itself is well used for sometime with not only the alien but another character taking it up as a new hobby...which is very funny. But it can allow for lazy writing..

To be honest, the swear-a-thon is not actually funny enough to cover every square inch of film with. I sometimes felt this was someone else's re-write of the Pegg n Frost team, into a Porky's arena of bawdy, adolescent humour. I can only assume it was done so relentlessly to gain a wider younger audience, but what does that suggest is the opinion of the viewer by the team?... Could'a been funnier, but i have a feeling the film will grow in popularity over the years. The 2 disc set has theatrical and extended cuts. I can again, only guess, that the extended cut added yet more swearing. The extras are mostly making of material which is insightful.
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