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Paul

A 2011 comedy movie directed by Greg Mottola.

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Paul

  • May 2, 2011
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Paul, as of now, is the first Pegg/Frost movie I've ever seen and I know I probably should have watched Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz beforehand, but hey, I saw this now, and it was great. While not being perfect, and getting off to a bit of a slow start, Paul is still a very entertaining comedy filled with some decent jokes and some very great comedic performances, both voice and person. It also kind of did for science fiction in terms of references what Rango did for western references. It isn't perfect, but it deserves to be enjoyed. I was also expecting gut-busting hilarity, but I'm afraid that it only happens once or twice, while laughs are consistent throughout.

Paul is about Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Collings (Nick Frost), two British comic book geeks who leave Comic-Con in their RV at the beginning of the movie. This follows a rather simple road-trip comedy formula, except that they pick up a hitchhiker, which happens to be an alien. Then, the movie spirals into a fun chase film with a sweet heartwarming ending. They also pick up a religious girl named Ruth at an RV park and she comes along for the adventure. They are chased by Men in Black-style government agents, lead by a delightfully deadpan Jason Bateman and the film turns into a fun chase with lots of dirty humour.

I really enjoyed this movie. I was expecting to laugh uproariously, due to the infamous comedic talent at hand, but I'm afraid uproarious laughter isn't really a big thing in this movie. I was laughing consistently throughout the movie though, seeing as this is in fact a comedy and there are two comedic icons in the movie. The movie is full of wonderful one-liners that any fan of comedy can enjoy. The story was also rather well-paced when it gets started. One of the problems of the movie was that it started off kinda slow, but as the movie progresses, it gets much better.

The film features a wonderful cast of both British and American comedians, including one hell of an awesome voice performance from Seth Rogen as Paul. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are fantastic as always in the lead roles, and Kristen Wiig is fantastic as well. Kristen and Simon also have decent chemistry as a couple as well, and the comedy team of Pegg and Frost works very well as always. Jason Bateman also plays a wonderful Men In Black-esque villain, turning in one of his best performances to date. All in all, the cast was splendid and the performances were just the same.

The aliens were animated wonderfully, and the film does end on a truly heartwarming note. I won't tell you what that heartwarming note is just in case you want to see it yourself. Anyway, this film references a ton of sci-fi films, everything from Close Encounters to E.T. to Men In Black, ad that made the movie all that much funnier. All in all, the movie was quite wonderful, although not perfect.

I would recommend that fans of science fiction and the Pegg/Frost team see this beause for those particular groups, it is absolutely necessary that you see this beause you are going to love this. Paul definitely follows a basic road-trip comedy formula, but with one big intergalactic twist, and I really enjoyed Paul because of it. I would definitely give this one my recommendation

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review by . March 18, 2011
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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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