Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) sci-fi comedy about two geeks whose pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland derails when they meet an alien called Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Cue an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.... More
For the past 60 years, 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 (which happens to be Graeme and Clive's RV). Chased by federal agents (including Jason Bateman) and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch an escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship.
Directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg and Frost.Hide
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BY Matt Glasby Flicks Writer
There’s a telling scene halfway through Paul, which hopes to do to Spielberg’s aliens what Shaun Of The Dead did to Romero’s zombies, where Frost (fat) is upset with Pegg (ginger) for the ultimate geek betrayal: talking to girls. Long-term fans may feel a similar burn. Though funny, this Hot Fuzz follow-up directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola shows the pair surrendering to Hollywood – think product placement, cheesy music cues, Saturday Night Live alumni – and watching your heroes feeding from the hand they used to bite (or at least nibble) makes for occasionally uneasy viewing.... More
Where previous efforts offered an embarrassment of riches, Paul feels overstuffed, a buddy-buddy-buddy movie with Pegg, Frost and Seth Rogen’s eponymous alien – plus love interest Kristen Wiig and glamourous gran Blythe Danner – being chased by Feds, religious nuts and angry rednecks. But they’re still missing a key player. Shaun and Fuzz director Edgar Wright’s endless invention whizzed us through the plot points; Mottola, meanwhile, hits them at cruising speed so we feel every bump.
In a sense, our heroes have written themselves out of their own movie. With the endless injokes, Rogen’s sweary, stonerish observations, plus an actual (if underwritten) romance, there’s no time to enjoy their trademark bromance. Paul still boasts more character and laughs per minute than most Hollywood efforts, but it’s an average Rogen/Mottola film rather than a good Pegg/Frost one. As UFO comedies go, it’s far from crash-and-burn, but nobody will be picking over the wreckage in years to come.Hide
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I'm not a big fan of toilet humour movies, or of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, so I assumed I'd hate this one. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much... no expectation. It's funny and a perfect Friday night movie. Not sure why other reviews aren't so favourable. I think the thing I liked about it the most was that it was different. There's so many movies out there, it's hard to find a unique concept, and I think this had it. Thumbs up.
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