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Member Name: Mama-Q
Date: 18/10/11, updated on 18/10/11 (44 review reads)
Advantages: funny as hell
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.