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Paul

A 2011 comedy movie directed by Greg Mottola.

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‘Paul' is Out of the World

  • Mar 19, 2011
Rating:
+4
Nerds, wizards, people in the craft of war and the rest of the reality inept…May I introduce you to Paul? I had my reservations about this movie, but by the end I was onboard.

Paul isn’t complicated; a pair of Brits on holiday at Comic-Con who set out to see the unconventional sights the US has to offer stumble upon a nerds wet dream, a real life alien in need of help.

The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen who brings to life the sarcastic but lovable asshole alien, Paul, chemistry’s like an alien chick with three tits, awesome. Along with the dashing trio, laugh makers from Saturday Night Live, Judd Apatow regulars and a mini Arrested Development reunion will pleasure the senses of the obvious audience of stoners and college kids.

Pot brownies aside, the one thing Sci-Fi aficionados won’t miss are the references that pay homage to everything from E.T. to Predator. All the throwbacks reminded me of last years hit, Easy A that was fueled by the John Hughes handbook. But unlike Easy A, Paul is able to deliver without relying to heavily one every note from the past. It didn’t hurt to have Ms. Alien herself and Steven Spielberg either.

What does hurt are the numerous accounts I’ve heard about Paul getting flack for his similarities to “Roger” from American Dad. They both look like the stereotypical alien we’ve come to accept and are quick with the sass, other than that, they are two completely different extraterrestrials. Plus, I don’t want to get started on my hate/love ordeal with Seth MacFarlane right now. That’s for another day, another time.

Paul, a Revenge of the Nerds for today; a step back to a time when geeks were discomfited staples in life, not the cutie pies of the Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg kind. Paul, also a tale of the socially awkward, the other kind, friendship and finding yourself or “some bullshit like that,” Paul’s words, not mine.

This movie won’t win an Oscar, it’s not smug enough and people have actually heard of it, but I bet it’ll score at the MTV Movie Awards…if that even still exists. So if you’ve ever been to Comic-Con, love Sci-Fi or just enjoy laughing, Paul’s for you. If not? Maybe some “deep” movie drops that weekend so you can go and pretend to understand it.

‘Paul' is Out of the World

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March 22, 2011
Great review, Kendra! This is definitely on my must-see list because I'm pretty sure I'll spend the whole time laughing and who doesn't want to do that?
April 07, 2011
It's a must see! Never stopped laughing :)
 
March 21, 2011
This movie sounds hilarious and oh-so awesome! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, lady! :)
March 21, 2011
Thanks :) Let me know when you get a chance to see it!
March 21, 2011
Will do! I know just the perfect person to drag this to, so it'll probably be soon! :D
March 21, 2011
sweet! i really laughed the whole way through :)
 
March 19, 2011
I'm sure the Mundanes and the Muggles won't get it. Great review!
March 21, 2011
Thanks :)
 
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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...
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Director: Greg Mottola
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 14 February 2011 (UK) 18 March 2011 (US)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Runtime: 104 mins
Studio: Working Title, Relativity Media
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