“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Greg Mottola / Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader ... / DVD released 2011-06-13 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Having watched and enjoyed Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's previous films, I thought I'd give this a go when it was broadcast on Channel 4 recently. I loved the way they parodied first zombie films in 'Shaun of the Dead', and then action-cop films in 'Hot Fuzz'. So hearing that they'd put together a film about aliens, I was expecting something funny and filled with references to the sci-fi genre.
The film opens with a young girl living in the midst of the American countryside, who lets her dog, Paul, out one evening. Cue a spaceship slowly descending to earth, much to the bemusement of the dog. Unfortunately, the spaceship driver is not too proficient, and his attempt at landing ends badly both for him and the dog. Cut forward sixty years, to two British geeks at an American Comic-Con.. For those unaware, this is a convention to celebrate all things geeky, be this comics, films, or computer games, and the emphasis is particularly on science-fiction. Nick Frost plays Clive Gollings, a sci-fi writer, and Simon Pegg is Graeme Willy, his best friend. Having exhausted the delights of Comic-Con, the two decide to go on an American road trip, with a twist; they will be visiting all the sites of UFO sightings. So they hire an RV campervan, and off they go.
Things quickly go off course however, when they are overtaken by an erratically driven car which crashes in front of them. Stopping to help, they see that it was not your ordinary human at the wheel, but a little green man with a big head, called Paul (there was an incident with a dog some years ago, he explains, and the nickname stuck). Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen, needs help. He has been looked after by the FBI for the past sixty years, and has provided advice to everyone from the government to film makers - Steven Spielberg has a small voice cameo here. However, Paul's usefulness has been exhausted and he has nothing left to offer the FBI than his stem cells. Unsurprisingly, Paul isn't too keen on being cut up, so with the help of a friend on the inside, he sends off a distress call to his home planet, and goes on the run. Unfortunately, he is no better at driving cars than spaceships, which is where Graeme and Clive come in.
The pair agree to help Paul, and ferry him to the agreed meeting point, but FBI agents are close on their tale. When Paul is spotted by a woman at a camp where they spend the night, they are forced to kidnap her to keep her quiet. Ruth (Kristen Wiig) is an evangelical Christian, and seeing Paul rocks her faith somewhat, but she quickly learns to enjoy a new, freer lifestyle, and becomes just as keen to help Paul as Graeme and Clive are. However, her presence now means they also have Ruth's father on their trail. With so many pursuers, will they ever be able to get Paul home?
I didn't feel that this film was quite up to the standard of their previous ones. You don't watch a Simon Pegg and Nick Frost film for the depth of character and emotional wrench; you watch it for the laughs and the parodies. However, for the first half at least, the film dragged. It wasn't funny, and not very much seemed to be happening. I picked up on few of the references to famous sci-fi flicks, but not many, and they weren't particularly funny either, although it could just be that I haven't watched enough sci-fi films, and that more dedicated fans would find it hilarious. Graeme and Clive are caricatures; again, this is maybe to be expected, but the crucial thing is that they weren't very funny caricatures. I know plenty of sci-fi geeks, and consider myself a borderline one myself, but the film felt a bit too self-referential; you wouldn't get the jokes unless you were really in the inner circle of geekdom.
I also had a problem with Paul himself. Paul is foul-mouthed, and streetwise, but again, I wasn't laughing at this reversal of our expectations of how an alien should behave. I'm sorry, but the scene where Paul mooned at Graeme and Ruth while they were having an emotional moment sums up his character for me; puerile, and unfunny.
The saving grace of the film is Ruth. Her reaction to being away from her overbearingly religious father is hilarious, and from her introduction, the film picks up a bit. I found myself laughing a lot more, and the action alos seemed a lot more exciting. With both the FBI and Ruth's father toting a gun close on their tail, there was a lot more peril, and I started to get a lot more concerned about the plot and characters, and began to really care whether or not Paul would escape.
The main reason for watching this film was for the comedy, and sadly it doesn't really deliver until halfway through. I'm sure more dedicated sci-fi fans would get a lot more out of it than I did, but I'm afraid most of the references went over my head, and I'm not completely ignorant of this genre. I don't regret watching it on the TV, but I think I would be a little annoyed if I'd paid good money for it. Overall, one to watch if you have nothing better to do, but don't come with high expectations.
Paul was released in 2011 and has an excellent cast, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, sigourney Weaver and Seth Rogen. It was directed by Greg Mottola and lasts for 104 minutes. The DVD when bought has quite a few extras on it, such as Bloopers, the evolution of Paul, the making of Paul (and many more).
I bought this DVD for my husband for christmas and was about £5 at the time but currently retailing for £2.96 from Amazon, which is an excellent price. The DVD cover is white and depicts Paul (Seth Rogen) , Clive (Nick Frost) and Greame (Simon Pegg). Nick and Simon are wearing head torches and look "shocked".
Why I bought it
I chose it as I had seen a massive Billboard on the way to work and thought it looked worth watching but also because having seen Simon and Nick together in Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead I was certain the film would be a great comedy, fortunately I wasn't disappointed.
Clive and Greame go to America to do a sci-fi pilgrimmage, they start by meeting Adam Shadowchild who is a great Sci-fi author at s convention before setting off in a camper van to see historic alien sights. They meet Paul as he's trying to escape / elude capture. He and Greame hit it off instantly but Clive is jelous of this budding friendship. They meet Ruth (Kristem Wiig) whilst at RV park and the story continues with their friendship developing, to know what happens to Paul you will have to see the film but I can promise Alien nakedness.
The trip across America shows some fantastic scenery as well as a bit of background on alien sightings in Americas history. The acting is all very well done and the script is hilarious in places.
Please note this is a 15 rated Film.
I am going to rate this film 5/5 as I really enjoyed, if you have seen Simon in Run fatboy run / spaced or seen Hot Fuzz / Shaun of the Dead and enjoyed then I think you'll love this too.
I was dying to watch this when it first came out as Nick Frost and Simon Pegg make a fantastic duet in films. They starred together in Shaun of the dead and Hot fuzz which are two of the funniest films I've ever seen so I had high expectations from this. I don't like seeing them in films without each other now as I just think they work so well together.
Pegg and Frost are two British friends who have travelled to the US to go to the Comicon convention. They're very nerdy and love science fiction and alient related things. On their travels they end up picking up Paul, a foul mouthed little alien voiced by Seth Rogen. Despite being freaked out, they decide to help him travel to a location where he can picked up by a ship from his home planet, but the FBI are looking for Paul. This results in them being on the run and trying to get Paul home before they're caught by the agents. They run into a variety of fun characters on the way, and the story unfolds as the movie goes on.
The friendship between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is visible, and makes the film so much more natural and funny because it feels like their laughter isn't acting, but genuine. They work fantastically together and just make some of the funny scenes in this film even funnier.
The film is very well made. I love Paul, the alien. He is animalted but looks very realistic which makes the film a lot more believable. Paul was very unexpected as he is so foul mouthed and funny. The banter between all of the characters is fantastic and what I would imagine would be like if you were to meet an alien like Paul in real life. It isn't too sci-fi or nerdy, theres no excessive slime like in your average alien films, it's just pure comedy which I appreciated.
The acting is brilliant and I think the characters were cast perfectly. I hadn't realised it was Seth Rogen who did the voice for Paul until I watched the film and it was a pleasent suprise because I think his voice and laugh are very comical, whatever he is saying. He has a very distinguishable laugh to say the least.
The storyline is good and I think for the best part, is quite realistic (well, as realistic as a rogue alien film can be). There are some unexpected events, great humour and dialogue and brilliant acting. This film is rated a 15 which I think is about right due to the excessive foul language in the film. It's unfortunate because I know it is a film that would be loved by younger children too but the language isn't suitable for kids and the humour is targeted at an older audience.
Overall, I love this film. I've got the dvd and I know it's one of those films you can watch again and again despite knowing what's going to happen because it's just a fun film to watch. I'd definitely recommend this film to others. You can get it on ebay now for a couple of pound which is great for such a good film.
I made the mistake of thinking that this was going to be just your average comedy, despite havign enjoyed pretty much everything that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done up until now. The thought of an alien comedy made me put it off for a while, but I watched it this morning with my wife, and I've got to say that Paul had us in stitches.
The plot itself isn't particularly inspiring, to be honest. Frost and Pegg play a couple of British sci-fi and comic geeks who are in America for Comic Con and to do a bit of extraterrestrial searching, taking in sights such as Area 51, or at least as close as they can get to it. Stopping to help at a car crash, they come across Paul, a foul mouthed alien (voiced by Seth Rogen), who has escaped from government custody and needs to find a safe way 'home'. Can they help him do this and evade not only the authorities but also the enraged father of a woman who tags along for the ride.
But across this rather basic and often used plot is the style of British comedy that is often difficult to transport across the Pond to the States, the use of swearing to invoke laughter, the stupid comedy that many American Frat Pack films use and are successful with but very much from a US point of view. But the main point is just how English the two of them are, and how everyman they seem when performing their roles. They wrote the roles with themselves in mind, and this is what works, ultimately. It's a laugh a minute.
When you add the recognisable comedy voice of Seth Rogen as invasive and rude alien Paul, you get even more laughs, and this is what stops it being one dimensional from a funny point of view. Rogen's puerile antics and lines are in perfect balance to the gentle and almost pathetic manliness of Pegg and Frost's characters. I thought the acting in general was actually very good, with Jason Bateman giving a solid deadpan performance as the FBI agent tracking them down, a cameo from Sigourney Weaver, a brief appearance by Blythe Danner and a few other recognisable faces.
The clever CGI used to create Paul is also very good, to the point where it stops looking like computer work and starts being more like just another character. But the real winner is the joky references to other films, with ET, Close Encounters and Alien all getting regular mentions. It adds to the comedy, and my wife and I ended up being really surprised by just how good this film is. Thoroughly entertaining, a laugh a minute, and the sort of film you could easily watch over and over again.
I wouldn't say this is suitable for anyone under 15, as it is littered with swearing and rude gestures and acts. They do come with their own comedy, but they're still there. Occasionally, I find this sort of thing unnecessary and over the top, but here it balanced quite well, and overall I'd say this was one of the better comedies I've seen in a long time. Well worth the watch, recommended.
Ever since I first saw Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together in Spaced back in the 90's it was clear they were destined for much bigger things. Since then they have enjoyed a lot of success, particularly with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. As a fan of the duo, I've been wanting to see Paul for a long time, but just never had the opportunity, however having received it as a Christmas present this year, that was finally put right. I had quite high hopes when I settled down to watch it and I'm glad to say that it really delivered.
Looking For ET
Having flown to America to attend Sci Fi convention, good friends Graham and Clive decide to rent an RV and head off to America's UFO hot spots. Whilst travelling a car crashes in front of them and the occupant turns out to be a bit of a surprise to Graham and Clive. This is where they meet Paul, an Alien who has been on Earth for a long time but has finally managed to escape from his government captors to try and return home. Now they must help Paul get home before Agent Zoil and the US government catches up with them and recaptures Paul.
The film comes from director Greg Mottola who has also been responsible for Superbad and Adventureland in the past, both films I really enjoyed. He does a solid job with Paul getting the look of the film just right. Perhaps his biggest achievement is the look of Paul. The special effects used to create the films alien are really well done and with Seth Rogan providing the voice you can kind of see his appearance in the way Paul looks. He even gives him realistic mannerisms that make the character even funnier.
In fact Mottola has really developed the story onto the big screen well. It is funny throughout and the story flows with relative ease. As a viewer you really get taken in by Paul, despite his rude nature and hope that Graham and Clive can get him to the meeting point safely. Of course it is a typical Simon Pegg script and with the help of Nick Frost the pair have written a very funny, interesting comedy that does exactly what you would expect. At 104 minutes long it runs at just the right length, giving a good introduction to the characters before taking you along for the journey.
Pegg & Frost
It is perhaps because Pegg and Frost work so well together onscreen that makes Paul such a good film. They have a real rapport onscreen that can only really come from them being such good friends off screen. They obviously wrote the roles for themselves whilst devising the script but they are roles that fit them well and as leads in this movie they work really well. In the role opposite them Seth Rogan is really convincing in the role of Paul. His voice really suits the character and although Paul is quite rude Rogan seems to really hit a good balance.
The rest of the cast are really good as well, with Jason Bateman taking on the role of the very serious and seemingly determined Agent Zoil. The more I see Bateman in movies the more I like him as an actor and he certainly contributes well to the overall feel of this film. There are also good performances from Kirsten Wigg who plays a god fearing American trailer park attendant and Sigourney Weaver as the American governments Mr Big. The casting, just like the script and the direction has worked really well with a number of good performances.
This is one of those movies that really works well. From the original concept right through to the finished product it is clear that the right level of attention to detail has been given to the movie. It has a good plot, decent cast and keeps you entertained throughout. The partnership of Pegg and frost works really well again and coupled with the good work of the director and some very impressive special effects I would really recommend Paul. It is a Sci Fi comedy but it will appeal to all and I think that's perhaps what makes it such a good movie.
I watched this film with my kids on sky, the film is classed as a 15 but I thought it may be ok for my kids, who are not quite 15 but I thought it might be alright for them to watch, but I will warn you there is quite a lot of bad language in the film, so you may not want to let a younger audience watch this film.
The film is about an alien called Paul, who crashed his spaceship and ended up being stranded on earth. The government took Paul, and used him to their advantage. Eventually after 60 years Paul decided to escape and try to get back home.
With the help of two science geeks after he becomes stranded they end up on a long road trip, while trying to escape the government chasing him. Paul is quite a foul mouthed alien and is also rude to some people too, I wont give too much of the film away, but can they get Paul to safety before the government catch him. You will have to watch the film to find out.
The film is full of some well known names which I will now list the names and the roles they played
Simon Pegg who plays the charactor Graeme who is a science fiction geek, and is also one of the people who is trying to get paul back to the safety of his own planet. The charactor he plays is realy funny, and good to watch, he plays his charactor really well, and makes the film seem even more funnier than just the script.
Nick Frost who plays the charactor of clive who is the second science fiction geek, who is best friends with Graeme, you will notice that a lot of the films these two are in they star a long each other. I think this really works better because they have such a close working relationship, and they just seem to gel together. I think they both make this film what it is, and the acting of them both makes it even more watchable.
Jason Bateman who plays the charactor of Agent Zoil he plays this part really well, and the menacing looks he pulls on his face are great, you an really believe he is out to get someone in this film.
Sigourney Weaver who plays the big guy, you do not really see her much throughout the film, until near the end but you hear her voice on the radio quite a lot throughout and you can tell that its her voice, and she sounds so convincing and mean on the radio.
Graeme- Whats the matter clive?
Clive- There is an alien in the kitchen making bagels and coffee
Graeme- Do you want tea?
The special effects on this film are really great, the film has explotions, car crashes and all sorts and throughout the film they all look real, they do make the feel even more worth watching.
My overall opinion
When I first put the film on, it had a pretty boring start but after about 15 minutes the film really gets going, the film is well acted out and I actually have watched it a few more times since. The film has plenty of laughter in it, and I find it hard to find a film that I will laugh at.
I think the film is really made by the two main stars of the film Simon and Nick. They play their parts very well and they are so comical together. I would recommend this film to anyone to watch, and I think even after watching it once, you can still watch it again and it will still be just as funny as the first time.
Star - Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
Run-Time - 104 minutes
Genre - Comedy
Country - British
Cert - 15
So did Ricky Gervais do well in Hollywood? The jury is certainly out on the Americans admiration for his unique comedy talent and he is hardly leading man material, so you do wonder why fellow Brit comics Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were near the top of the list to follow him? But after the brilliant Shaun of the Dead offered up Pegg the chance to prove himself playing the comic lead with his somewhat strange casting as British writer Toby Young in 'How to Lose Friends & Alienate People', the chance to repeat a Shaun style movie in America alongside his old mate Nick Frost seemed irresistible, an apology if you like, redemption for the friend he alienated by breaking the partnership and doing a Mathew Corden and chasing the Hollywood big bucks by going it alone. Pegg is no leading man but the two of them together are box-office. They have great comic timing and chemistry and its annoying we had to wait this long for the follow up.
They got the idea for the character 'Paul' just after Shaun of the Dead and always planned and penned it as the follow up. But mixing British humour with an American audience expectation on what comedy is meant both sides had to tweak things for this to work, the ET very screwball for the American punters and Pegg and Frost, well, very Pegg and Frost, the final product proving Brit humour wins hands down. But somehow this clash of culture does work, 'Paul', far from aimed solely at geeks and Sci-Fi fans to get laughs. The fact Peggs character is called Graeme Willey is all you need to know what mood the boys are in and what typo of humour they bring to the party.
Mia Stallard ... Young Tara
Simon Pegg ... Graeme Willy
Nick Frost ... Clive Gollings
Jeffrey Tambor ... Adam Shadowchild
Kristen Wiig ... Ruth Buggs
John Carroll Lynch ... Moses Buggs
Nelson Ascencio ... Jorge
Jane Lynch ... Pat Stevens
David Koechner ... Gus
Jesse Plemons ... Jake
Seth Rogen ... Paul (voice)
Jason Bateman ... Agent Zoil
Sigourney Weaver ... The Big Guy
Bill Hader ... Haggard
Geek losers Graeme Willey (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are on a trip of lifetime, the five year wait over as they fly into Las Vegas to begin their pilgrimage to take in all the iconic American UFO locations, and a Comic Convention or two to get some autographs of their Sci-Fi hero's.
After a run in with some rednecks at a local bar on the desert highway they make a hasty getaway, only to witness a high speed night time car accident on the turning to Area51, the highly secretive US airbase. But it was no human driving the car, a wise ass ET emerging from the wreckage, no less, demanding a cigarette in perfect New Jersey tongue! The boys dreamt of seeing strange lights in the Nevada desert sky and now they have an alien hitchhiker called Paul (voiced by Seth Rogan) riding shotgun in their campervan, who has picked up some very bad language on his travels.
Graeme Willy: How come I can understand you? Are you using some neural language router?
Paul: Actually I'm speaking English you f**king idiot!
Once the boys get used to their 'unique' travelling companion we are introduced to the momentum of the film, the Men in Black, hot on the alien's tail, but two of them idiots giving the fugitives a head start. But they will stop at nothing to capture Paul.
After evading a 'stop and search' from the same FBI the boys soon have another companion on board, that of the films geek totty in plain but secretly pretty Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), a one-eyed preacher's daughter, kidnapped by the boys from a dusty trailer park when she discovers they are harbouring a foul-mouthed alien. The question now is are they the on a road to nowhere or does Paul have plans for them, a probing never far away when aliens are involved, of course.
Clive Gollings: Agent Mulder was right!
Paul: Agent Mulder was my idea!
It's the funniest alien comedy since Coneheads, simple as, which suggest not that many alien comedies have been made in-between. How bad was Evolution! Pegg and Frost are in hog's heaven with the subject matter here, geeks at heart, paying homage to previous iconic movies at every turn of the film, as they do in all their best work.
With a huge budget for this kind of film the $40 million dollars was spent well, a lot of it on the special effects. Just as Sam Raimi had to get Spiderman exactly right swinging through those skyscrapers on those multiplex big screens to make the film work, it's the same for director Greg Mattola (Superbad, Adventureland) and his malleable alien. Paul looks fabulous on screen and very realistic; the clever special effect technology used meaning the filmmakers can get their moneys worth from Paul in the film to interact with the actors. Seth Rogan is spot on with his voicing role to pitch the contrast just right between the mouthy alien and stuffy Brits.
The comedy is very Pegg and Frost, thank goodness, and, as I said, gels well with the American in your face style jokes. What we don't want is Rowan Atkinson without a good script in American screwball comedies! Its one of those movies that could have very easily been a stinker but just works. It has great tempo and the mix of bumbling slapstick and very British jokes keeps you giggling alongside its affable appeal, finishing off with the Spielberg ending and surprise cameo for the dénouement.
Now, a condition of reading this film review is you must listen to the films theme song from the Electric Light Orchestra. I have forgotten just how good they were and this track is!
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Imdb.com - 7.1 out of 10.0 (59,242 votes)
Rottentomatos.com - 72% critics approval rating
Metacritc.com - 57% critics approval rating
Rolling Stone - "'Paul' is more a bagful of giggles. Rogen is a nonstop hoot, but it's the byplay between Frost and Pegg that roots the laughs in characters we care about."
Seattle Explorer - "A refreshingly rollicking, sweetly raunchy comedy about a little green dude just trying to get home".
The Times - "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are two guys who know what they like and whenever they turn their hands to writing a script, you can feel that enthusiasm in every line".
Los Angeles Times - After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief.
= = = = = = Special Features = = = = = =
* Audio Commentary*
* Two film options: 'Unrated or theatrical version*
*The Evolution of Paul*
The effects geeks discus their creation and how the Paul character came about.
*Simons Silly Faces*
Simon Pegg's silly faces from the film. Im sensing the boys wanted a double-disc here to make more money.
*Who the Hell is Adam Shadowchild*
A Comic Con character in the film gets to show off in the Extras..
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For those who know of Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People etc) it's an obvious choice to go and see this film. Real life best friends and on-screen best friends Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost) star in the movie as two geeks who take a nerds pilgrimage to Comic Con (a massive comic convention) and a road trip to Area 51.
This is where they meet Paul, an ET looking creature voiced by Seth Rogen, a Canadian star whose made himself popular by appearing in sarcastic comedies all over Hollywood. What they don't bargain for is being chased by the FBI as Paul has escaped from a top secret compound where he was kept for the past 60 years, giving advice on all kinds of technological and socio-economic factors that effect societies. However Paul ran his course on being useful so the scientists want to pull out his brain and harness the powers within.
Paul has also sent a distress signal (via his telepathic powers) to his home planet and they are coming to Wyoming to pick him up.
The trio become four as they pull up into an RV site, where one-eyed Ruth and her super Christian father live and work. Paul reveals himself to Ruth so they are forced to kidnap her, lest she reveal their whereabouts to the FBI. This means that Ruth's gun-toting father is now on the trail for his daughters captors.
On the road Paul and Ruth get into a debate about religion. Out of frustration Paul sends Ruth information through telepathic means which completely shatters her beliefs. Ruth loosens up now that she knows the universal truths of her beliefs and although she doesn't really trust Paul he restores her sight. The only downside to this is that it leaves Paul's energy levels drained and if it were something bigger, could be fatal to Paul. This is an important part of the story as it becomes relevant near the end of the film. I won't make any revelations as to what as I'll let you see it for yourselves first ;).
On their way to Wyoming Paul wants to visit Tara, who is an old woman by now, whose dog he crashed his space ship into when he landed on earth 60 years ago. Of course the FBI and Ruth's father manage to trace them down to Tara's house and so begins the chase to get to the field where Paul's UFO ride is waiting for him.
The on-screen 'bromance' of Pegg and Frost lives on in this film, the pair are a modern day Laurel and Hardy - only more crass and English. This film was written by the two brothers from other mothers and this is evident as their sense of humour shines through on every scene.
We went to see this film in the cinema and it was packed out - many laughs were had and I didn't think there was any minute of the film I didn't enjoy. The film is rated '15' and I think that's about right as there are certain themes that you wouldn't want a 12 or 13/14 year old to see. Also there are some swear words thrown in for good measure, which I personally don't have a problem with, but you might not like your kids hearing in a film.
There are plenty of references to other sci-fi films, mostly Speilberg films. For a start the 'Paul' character looks like an animated ET. The film also has plenty of memorable funny scenes - such as Paul dressing up as a cowboy and walking through town (you have to see it to believe it.) The two main characters play the lovable nerds we all know and love, but with an edge and perhaps more grooming to suit the American market.
Overall the acting was great and it's a modern day slap stick type of film. Worth buying for the laughs and comedy value, I'd say and at around £7.99 from Amazon it's worth it.
Paul is the brain child of comic genius' Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their previous films include Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead. Both huge hits, that catapulted them into the mainstream after such cult TV shows as "Spaced". The film is based on two sci fi geeks who decide to go on a road trip to America. While there, an alien named Paul takes refuge in their camper van after escaping from a military base that has held him for 60 years. In between trying not to get caught carrying a wanted alien, Peggs character Graeme meets a girl. Ruth played by the hilarious Kristen wigg (Bridesmaids) is a lonely christian girl, who accidently ends up in the campervan and inadvertantly joins the 3 on their journey to get Paul home. In doing so she discovers that swearing is ALOT of fun and maybe being a servent to the Lord is not all its cracked up to be. The film is charming and extremely funny. The character of Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen (Knocked up) is a brilliant departure from your usual alien, and although he is a foul mouthed, pot smoking UFO, he is also charming and you really feel his sense of loneliness. All in all if you are a fan of the comedy duos previous blockbusters you will not be disappointed with this latest addition. And even if you're not this film is still a fun 90 minutes that will keep you chuckling right the way to the credits.
Paul is a comedy movie which was released in the United Kingdom in 2010. The movie stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The movie is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £9.72 which I do think is quite expensive for a DVD.
Plot: Meet Clive and Graham; they are two British nerds! They go off to America to visit the 'UFO hotspots'. Whilst there they meet an alien called Paul who is hiding from the American government who have been hiding him for fifty years. Will Clive and Graham be able to help Paul escape and go home? Watch Paul to find out!
I had been wanting to see this movie for a long time as I had heard that it was really really funny!
~ * So What Did I Think ? * ~
Well, obviously this is a sci-fi movie; not my cup of tea at all! However, I was still determined to see this movie as it looked so funny! Despite hating movies which aren't 'real' I still enjoyed this movie.
I found that the movie took a really long time to get going. In fact it took so long to take off that I was tempted to turn it off. However, I decided to stick with it just in case it got better...and it did.
I thought that the actors played their parts really well. They came across as believeable despite the movie being 'un-believeable'. They were a comical pair (the main characters) who really made me laugh!
Whilst the movie was very funny, what made me laugh the most was Seth Rogen who was the voice of 'Paul'. I could just imagine him with his curly hair playing the part of an alien...he has such a humourous kind of voice...the kind of voice which makes you laugh because he sounds like he's smiling the whole time!
Be warned, there is a lot of bad language in this film - too much at times!
If you liked the movies 'Shaun Of The Dead' then you will like this movie!
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Paul stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the geniuses behind Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, it definatley is worthy of being in the same league as those previous films.
When two sci fi nerds take a trip accross the USA visiting famous UFO hotspots they got more than they bargained for when they stuble upon Paul, an English speaking alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) who had escaped from a millitary base. The stroy follows Paul and the two nerds escaping in a rustry RV from federal agents trying to catch the alien. Paul grabs a lift so that he can return to his mothership and go home after a long stint in captivity.
First of all the acting is brillant, the two actors Pegg and Frost once again prodcue their magic to make their predicament once again very believable. Seth Rogen's voiceover is very complimentary of the good storyline and the emotions of his character are easy to see by the above par special effects. Sigourney Weaver, the ledgend that is, also stars as she tries to capture Paul. This great film is backed up by a strong 7.2/10 on IMDB, I would have personally given it more. As a comedy, Paul features many gags which did have me gasping for air at points, as usual in Pegg and Frost films there are some WTF moments such as a granny with a machine gun etc etc.
Overall I would say that this film is a must watch, it is a great comedy with an interesting stroyline which is not at all typecasted, the steroetypical alien film is far from what Paul is.
"Paul" is a 2011 Science-fiction / comedy movie directed by Greg Mottola and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen and Jason Bateman.
Graeme Willy ( Simon Pegg ) and Clive Collings ( Nick Frost ) are two British Comic Book nerds and lifelong best friends on a dream holiday to the United States, they're there to attend the San Diego Comic-con but also to take a road trip across America in their rented RV to take in all the sites of Extra-terrestrial importance.
One night after hastily leaving a restaurant they're driving along a deserted highway and are passed at some speed by a car, which shortly after crashes in front of them and overturns, leaving the road, Graeme and Clive pull over to check the wreckage to make sure the driver is still alive, however they discover there is no-one behind the wheel, the driver does make itself known and it turns out to be an alien named Paul ( Seth Rogen ), who asks Graeme for his help in leaving the area as he is being hunted down.
And so Graeme and Clive embark on the rest of their road trip with an Alien in tow, however in hot pursuit are some federal agents,, including Agent Lorenzo Zoil ( Jason Bateman ) who are determined to capture Paul and end his life, Graeme and Clive must help Paul escape and meet up with his rescue party.
Being a huge fan of Pegg and Frost's other movies ( Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz ) I was definitely looking forward to seeing Paul, so the wife and I sat down and popped it into the DVD player., right from the outset its filled with the usual charm and good hearted humour we come to expect from Pegg and Frost, yet has a slightly different feel to their previous movie's.
Paul is certainly more of a "Hollywood" type movie than Shaun or Hot Fuzz,but is no less appealing, all the actors do great jobs in their respective roles, including the always wonderful Jason Bateman as the federal agent, but particularly Seth Rogen as Paul, never in a science fiction movie has an Alien been portrayed so "Non-Alien" like which I think is the appeal, and honestly I don't think Seth Rogen played the part of Paul so much as the writers and director animated the character around Rogen just talking into a Microphone, as it has Rogen's distinctive voice and humour.
I do think this may not be quite so laugh out loud funny as the duo's other work, but it will certainly appeal to a wider audience, particularly the comic book nerd audience, who will delight at the subtle references to science fiction and in particular the works of Steven Spielberg ( who even has a kind of cameo half way through the movie )
If you're looking for a lighthearted comedy that won't offend anyone then this is the movie for you.
Paul Film Review
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost join forces once more to parody the Sci-Fi genre in an attempt to follow on from the success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
I've read numerous reviews on the newest incarnation from Pegg & Frost with the consensus seeming to be it's a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, I for one am a geek at heart and I am very much in the latter category.
The basic premise of the film is of two geeks, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, attending a Comic Con (a massive event in the geek calendar!) and extending this to a tour around all of the extra terrestrial crash sites in the area. On their tour they come across a wise cracking alien, Seth Rogan, who has escaped from Area 51 and is on the run to try and get back home. Paul joins up with the boys in their Winnebago and they set off on a journey to get him home whilst being chased by the government and meeting up with a multitude of crazy people on the way.
Pegg and Frost basically play the same characters they have in their previous two movies, which although some people may think is getting a little tired, it does work. Couple this with a fabulously created CGI character, Paul voiced by Seth Rogan (the alien is very akin to Seth Rogan himself!), playing the wise cracking role he loves you have an excellent core cast, we even see Sigourney Weaver make a fleeting appearance!
Paul is a laugh a minute movie but is hindered by the fact that you are half expecting the jokes/gags before they actually come about, with parodies from many of the past great Sci-Fi's, not quite as subtle as the previous two films.
Possibly not hit the heights of the first two movies but regardless of this it still is a must see comedy and provides a great nights entertainment. Frost and Pegg still have life in them as a double act and long may it continue.
Paul is one comedy that cinema goers should not overlook. I had my doubts, the reviews I read in the run up to the release were stating it was Pegg and Frost by numbers with little in there to warrant a viewing. But sitting in the cinema last night, in a screen full of laughter including from my own, I can only but recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour!
Another title for this movie could easily have been Spaced: The Movie. For anyone who has seen the much loved TV show starring the two leads here, this film is along the same lines of humour, with similar characters and similar themes. It involves two self confessed "nerds" who after attending comic-con take a trip across the famous "UFO" sites on the American West. Little did they expect to find something Extraterrestrial for themselves!
The film runs along at a rattling pace and barely lets you stop for breathe. Covered in the 100 minute running time is a tale of friendship, a little romance, a huge twist and so many references to sci-fi movies from years gone by you'll struggle to notice them all first time round. There is always something happening in the movie to keep the audience interested whether it be an intense car chase, some ET style alien misdemeanours or the usual witty banter between Pegg and Frost this will keep you entertained.
Add to the mix Jason Bateman and two of his FBI associates on the hunt for the missing alien, the conversion of a Christian caravan park owner and a three way pursuit and you get the idea this film offers you a wide ranging ride.
Paul will provide laughs to any viewer whether it be from the references (from Star Treks famous fight scenes to the Satr Wars Canteena music), the banter between the characters (I am still chuckled about a throwaway line involving google maps and the FBI) or Seth Rogan as the superbly voiced Paul. This a movie worth seeing!
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As a very big fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, especially when they were in their most famous two films 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', I knew I was interested in Paul from the get go. After seeing an interview with Weaver, I realised that it really did sound like my kind of film. I went to the cinema with my best friends from uni and we sat in the front seat of this huge cinema (possibly the worst seat possible in a cinema) and we absolutely loved it.
Graeme and Clive are two British nerds visiting the USA, most specifically to see Comic Com. They decide to take their time and travel to all of the UFO sites to fill their nerdy ways however at one stop, they actually meet a real life alien called Paul. Paul is on the run from Government officials and drags the boys on the run with him, and helping him get to where he needs to get.
Graeme (Simon Pegg)
Clive (Nick Frost)
Paul Voice (Seth Rogen)
Ruth (Kristen Wiig)
Being the big nerd that I am, I found all of the sci-fi jokes and references were a joy throughout the film brilliant. I didn't know much about the film before going in, but I was really interested in all of the references that they were giving us in typical nerdy fashion.
Pegg & Frost were on their normal level, giving us some brilliant, timeless jokes which made the whole cinema, which was at full capacity giggle throughout. There are a lot of jokes for everyone in the audience, sure the bigger nerd you are the more you'll probably get out of this movie, but if you have never watched a sci-fi movie in your life then you will still get a good portion of jokes within the movie.
The big question I'm sure you are asking, is if the film is better than Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Well we all came out of the cinema saying for sure it was a lot better than both of the films. Shaun of the Dead being our previous favourite, however this film was a lot more comical and I think the atmosphere of the cinema made our enjoyment of the film a lot more prominent and I think that was what missing when we saw the other films.
Pegg & Frost are definitely one of the best duos on our screens today, their chemistry in this film is not even in doubt, they work off each other brilliantly and throughout this film I think they really show why they work together so well.
The character of Paul is fantastic. For one of my modules this year, we created an animation involving an alien and found the life like performance of Paul brilliant and quite helpful to us. Paul is voiced by Seth Rogen, who some of you may know from films like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and much more films. I can't really talk about his acting skills in this role, but his voice for Paul was one of the best choices that the film made.
There are a few apparently 'suprises' when it comes to actors within the film, to be honest one of the confusing parts, was why one character was meant to be kept a secret. Throughout the film there are many silly lines and lots of fart jokes and swear word jokes so if you don't like these types of films, then stay away from Paul. I think this film is for anyone that liked their previous two films, and liked films like Pineapple Express, Knocked up and those sort of genre of films as it follows the same sort of jokes. I'm always a bit skeptical with alien films, however this one was one of the best films we've seen of it's kind and I will be buying this when it comes to DVD.
A really good film, and one to check out when it comes to DVD I believe in June. It is very funny, and for all of you sci-fi lovers out there, there is a lot to keep you laughing and a lot to keep you interested throughout the film.