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

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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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alien | area 51 | nerd | escape | comic book | See more »

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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

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,043,310 (USA) (18 March 2011)

Gross:

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

The gas station where Clive and Graeme encounter the state trooper was also used in Zombie Apocalypse (2011). See more »

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When the black Crown Vic that appears to be chasing Graeme and Clive crashes, overtaking them, the roll cage installed in the car can be seen when it is back-lit by the illuminated dust. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Tara: [referring to her dog] Go on, then, Paul. Don't be long.
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GOT TO GIVE IT UP
(Marvin Gaye)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company LP under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Pegg and Frost's Sci-Fi Adventure
23 June 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Hilarious comedic duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back this time in an American spoofish science-fiction adventure in Greg Mottola's 'Paul'. The sci-fi references (Alien, ET, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, etc) are done excellently and had me laughing out loud. Pegg and Frost are superb as they always are when working together.

They're effectively supported by the wonderful Kristin Wiig, the no-nonsense (to an extent) Jason Bateman and Bill Hader. Cameos by Jane Lynch and David Koechner are equally amusing. There's another sort of cameo that's revealed in the end and her presence is just the right way to round up a brilliant cast. Seth Rogan is less annoying than his usual on screen personas but he still is the weakest link here. He's pretty much his usual annoying on screen self even though his character is an alien and it is only the better performances of his co-stars that actually make Rogan appear less annoying.

Compared to Pegg and Frost's previous works ('Spaced', 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz') which in my opinion are classics, 'Paul' falls a little short. Some of the jokes, especially the toilet humour delivered by Rogan, fall flat. It's also lacking in wit. The pacing is a little slow in the first half but it picks up quickly in the latter portion. Plot holes are scattered throughout the movie.

In terms of execution, 'Paul' is quite well made. The title character looks amusing. The cross country location suits the setting. Cinematography is adequate.

'Paul' may not be a classic like 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' but it's still funny enough to be entertaining. Where there is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, one can always expect to at least laugh.


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