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Paul (2011)

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Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Stallard ...
Jennifer Granger ...
Paul (voice)


Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. Written by Universal Pictures

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Ever felt a little alien? (UK poster) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,517,121 (UK) (18 February 2011)


$37,371,385 (USA) (13 May 2011)

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| (Unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was originally intended for a reunion between Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright after the successes of Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). Wright had to leave the project to work on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) so Greg Mottola was approached. Pegg and Frost were fans of Mottola's work on The Daytrippers (1996) and Superbad (2007). See more »


After Tara's house explodes and Greame is running alongside the RV, the rear window is closed. Then when he is reaching towards Clive and says "Don't leave me!", the window is open. A second later when Clive pulls him inside, the window is closed again. See more »


[first lines]
Young Tara: [referring to her dog] Go on, then, Paul. Don't be long.
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »


(Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Max Romeo)
Performed by Max Romeo
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Well done Guys , well done
12 February 2011 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I was on the Irish premier of the movie last Thursday with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost showing up and saying few words before the movie . First of all, I would like to say great cast especially Sigourney Weaver , Jason Bateman and my two mini stars of the movie Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as agents Haggard and O'Reilly . The movie its self is very funny and the script well written , the small alien with voice from Seth Rogen its very real and well made by CG artists . Obviously the chemistry between Frost and Pegg is great like always ( you know what I'm saying if you remember Shaun of the dead or Hot Fuzz )Rogen as alien is a perfect cast with his IM SMOKING WEED voice and great lines . In summary well made , great cast , funny script what else do you need for Friday night . For me seven stars

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