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For the past 60 years, a space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he’s outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing uncomfortably close, Paul escapes on the first RV that passes by his compound in Area 51. Fortunately, it contains the two earthlings who are most likely to rescue and harbor an alien on the run.
Paul was directed by Greg Mottola and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who also wrote it. It centres around them, playing 2 Sci-Fi nerds, on a road trip across America to see various famous 'alien' landmarks, and to attend a Sci-Fi nerd convention. During this trip, a real alien who happens to have an extremely crude personality and foul mouth escapes from top military base he's been hanging around in for the last 60 years. He ends up hitching a lift with our 2 heroes in their RV, and chased by federal agents across America. And so on.
Being a Pegg/Frost comedy, the first thing anybody does when watching is compare it with Sean of the Dead or Hot…
"Paul" will never be mistaken for a great film, but it is hard not to appreciate it for its myriad references to science fiction films, engaging performance by Simon Pegg, and laughs, most satisfyingly generated by Kristen Wiig. The film lacks depth (not that it needs any), and its parts never really gel; but it is an amusing 90 minutes.
Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead are two of the funniest movies of recent years. Aside from the perfect partnership of comedy legends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost,the reason these films were so great was both Edgar Wright's direction and the fact they are so British. Seriously could the Yanks deliver a film like Shaun? Could they fuck.
This is where"Paul" misses the mark. Yes it has all the Pegg/Frost hallmarks but lacks that Britishness that endeared them to fans everywhere. The film may well have the lads playing typically English sci-fi geeks, but it feels American. And that's part of the problem. Pegg's charm always shines through. Whether it's with a mouthful of expletives or a sarcastic put-down,…
I watched this in Thailand, waiting a really long time for a late bus. there was Thai subtitles. I was sweating and covered in bug bites. there was stray dogs and geckos and no wi-fi. all I ate was chocolate I bought at the duty-free airport. we still had a 12 hour bus ride ahead of us back to bangkok.
I thought this movie was ok.
Despite the large cast of talented actors on show and a script from Pegg and Frost, this film just fails to really deliver. Edgar Wright's presence is missing - not that he was ever supposed to be apart of this project - but when you think of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together you instantly think of Wright. As a trio they really spark off each other brilliantly but here the spark is replaced by a damp squib, the jokes are flat, the comic editing is loose and Simon Pegg's hair piece is wholly unconvincing (don't even get me started on Nick Frost's hair, which he does not even remotely suit)
When I think of the cast made up of…
50% good, 50% terrible. Paul has two key ingredients needed to be good; and those are obviously Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. And then it has some decent enough support from its cast, it SHOULD be a great comedy film, yet it falls short due to the inevitable fusion of British and American humour which in all honesty, only sometimes goes together well.
Doesn't really go well here, but the British duo do sometimes shine through and make parts enjoyable. Paul will never be a classic film; but is perfectly harmless (mostly) and occasionally fun. Comparisons to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are only natural, and probably unfair; since this will never match up to those.
I kept waiting for Jason Bateman to say "Hey, buddy..." and it never happened. That's a helluva missed opportunity. Anyway.
Paul plays out like you'd expect a Simon Pegg / Nick Frost comedy to play out. They play the same basic characters that they trademarked in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, except without the keen directorial hand of Edgar Wright. That they're playing the same Pegg/Frost duo is not a bad thing--they both seem to be at their best when they've got each other to riff off of.
But this familiarity is a bit of a double-edged sword. Sharp writing can take those dynamics and make them sing. More so-so writing will use it as a crutch, and…
This 2011 British-American sci-fi comedy is directed by Greg Mottola and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (also writers), along with Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver and Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul.
Two British comic book “nerds”, Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost), are visiting the San Diego Comic-Con International and taking an American road-trip at the same time. When they are suddenly forced to stop through the American Southwest when a car crashes and an alien, Paul (Rogen), makes himself known, the two become embroiled in something big.
Agent Zoil (Bateman) is a Secret Service agent working for “The Big Guy” (Weaver), out to apprehend Paul and take out anyone aiding him. Graeme and Clive eventually warm…
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
A nerdy trek across the US ramps up a notch when the lads pick up a hitchhiker...then it gets REALLY nerdy.
Yes it's juvenile in so, so many ways but the cast sell that juvenile edge so well that I genuinely find this funny. In fact were it not for the excellent choice of cast I imagine this film would stink horrendously. And who would have thought Jason Bateman would be able to sell himself as a tough-as-nails secret agent? Certainly not me.
If I do have any warnings it's "watch out for the spoken sci-fi references", some are really clunky and are thrown around like bricks, particularly one near the end.
Watched in April 2011
Graeme and Clive are best mates; they are also comic book nerds on a dream trip from England to the US and after attending a comic-con they head off on a road trip to see some famous alien sites. Their trip takes a surprising turn however when after a car accident they meet Paul, an alien. The pair help Paul who is trying to get back to his own planet after being held by the government. Along the way they pick up bible bashing Ruth who quickly becomes an alien believer and the foursome travel in an RV to the meeting point, all the while being chased by Federal Agents, Police and Ruth’s dad most of…
Άγγλοι σαραντάρηδες νερντς,επισκέπτονται την έκθεση Comic-Con στο San Diego και μετά ξεκινάνε για ένα τουρ στα σημεία εξωγήινου ενδιαφέροντος του Αμέρικα. Στο δρόμο όμως πετυχαίνουν κατά διαβολική σύμπτωση έναν εξωγήινο ο οποίoς εκτός των άλλων γουστάρει να πίνει και να ακούει Marvin Gaye και σχεδόν αναγκαστικά τον παίρνουν μαζί τους,ενώ πράκτορες του FBI -όχι και οι πιο φυσιολογικοί της πιάτσας- τους έχουν πάρει στο κυνήγι.Κωμωδία που δεν είναι πάντα πετυχημένη,έχει όμως αρκετές έξυπνες και αστείες φάσεις,καλούς πρωταγωνιστές,είναι γρήγορη και σε καμιά περίπτωση βαρετή.Χώρια που μαθαίνουμε συγκλονιστικές αποκαλύψεις για τον ΕΤ.
No me gusta esta pelicula, no hay caso.
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