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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.
'...And this is Clive Gollings, the writer.'
When inspiration fails you, sometimes you need to 'just go with it'. So, perhaps not the most inspired of choices, but a film that entertains me every single viewing. 'Paul' is one of those films, that perhaps isn't unique, as it comprises of homages, nods and quotes from all manner of source materials, highlighting what fan boys both Pegg and Frost truly are. It is, however, intelligent and respectful with it's use, and although never stretches itself, always hits the spot with the laughs.
From Pegg's hair, to the design and back story of Paul, all the way to the cast, Paul is a film that manages to transcend the shackles of being…
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 saw this back when it came out and loved it so much that I actually ranked it as one of the best films of 2011! Seeing it again, I still think it's good, though more of the flaws are apparent.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who also wrote the script, are two sci-fi nerds who come across an alien Seth Rogan (who's sarcastic, vulgar, and smokes weed) and help him escape on a road-trip adventure filled with references to many movies, especially classic Spielberg. Interesting this came out the same year as SUPER-8, which was also an homage to oldschool Spielberg, and not as successful in my opinion. What's just a buddy lowbrow comedy on the surface is elevated…
Not quite as good as the Cornetto Trilogy (thanks to the presence of "DUDE WEED" actor Seth Rogen), but a decently funny flick overall. Fortunately, Pegg and Frost carry the bulk of the screen time.
Unterhaltsam, die britischen Produktionen mit dem Goldduo Pegg/Frost sind aber ungleich besser.
Nick Frost und Simon Pegg sind einfach ein Dreamteam. Richtig Spaß machen hier vor allem die unzähligen Filmzitate. Absoluter Topfilm. 👍
The movie had some funny parts
Seth Rogen as a stoned lil alien makes sense to me in ways I can't even articulate.
I watched this on Region A DVD.
This film never fails to make me laugh, it's such a great throwback and love letter to Spielberg's E.T. and Close Encounters. I've always felt like this film really should've been the finale to close the Cornetto Trilogy, yet I still greatly enjoy it as a standalone film.
This film really has bits of everything, action, comedy, road trip, sci fi, it's a really great film for nerds but it's still quite witty for the general comedy audience.
I do think it's a tad too long and it's structure is a little off with the set pieces. Pegg and Frost are fantastic and have great chemistry once again. I think this was the…
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost never fail to deliver, and while this isn't as funny as any of their cornetto trilogy, its still a great watch and very quotable...
Out of all the major studios in Hollywood, Universal is easily up there with one of my favorites. Just so…
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