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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 Ramirez'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,…
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 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.
Pretty good until it deteriorated into a check list of references to other sci-fi films.
The story of this film starts in 2009 when Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) - two English comic book nerds and best friends - travel to America to attend the annual Comic-Con convention and to visit the most significant sites of UFO sightings. At one stop, Graeme and Clive visit a local café where two hunters confront them, assuming they might be homosexual. In a hurried leave, Clive accidentally reverses the RV into the hunters' truck, leaving a dent. Later, they see headlights racing up behind them and, believing it to be the hunters, they speed off in their RV. Eventually, the vehicle catches up and they realize it's just a car. However, the car suddenly…
7.25 out of 10
Paul's got the good, the bad and the plain ugly. But it's a comedy so the bad and the ugly don't matter if its funny, right?
Well when you hear Seth Rogan's usual shtick you also see him, Sigourney Weaver is brutal and it's an 80's pandering extravaganza.
Yet Pegg and Frost are a lovely couple, Rogan is a hilarious chap, Kristen Wiig's got a awesome potty mouth and the simple road trip/chase story doesn't outstay its welcome. The banter between the leads/agent douche bags work as do the moments of sentimentality.
Paul is ultimately forgettable fare but pleasantly surprising and an easy recommend for an evenings entertainment! Love it when Pegg pulls the bumper sticker off!
TL & RS
As generic comedy it's decent but as a Nick Frost & Simon Pegg effort it's more than a little underwhelming, although that makes sense with the Supertwat director at the helm.
Seth Rogen's turn as Paul was nice though and Kristen Wiig can randomly turn up wherever and whenever she wants as far as I'm concerned and as long as you haven't watched any of the Cornetto Trilogy films recently or rewatched Spaced (ah damnit, there are the big problems) it's a nice little comedy.
Basically the bigger of a fan you are of Frost & Pegg though, the more underwhelming it becomes, but in my opinion stays in decent territory.
Nice and charming
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are a wonderful team as usual. Definitely watchable, but probably soon forgotten
This was a lot funnier than I would have expected. I don't always like Simon Pegg but with Rogan it was a good mix.
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