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

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,517,121 (UK) (18 February 2011)

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

Simon Pegg is the Godfather to co-star Blythe Danner's granddaughter, and Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter, Apple Martin (Danner is Paltrow's mother). This marks the first film together between Danner and Pegg. Further, Steven Spielberg, who does a cameo voiceover in the film (talking to Paul on speaker phone) is Gwyneth Paltrow's godfather. See more »

Goofs

One of the climactic scenes was when Paul tells his new friends why he is running & where he is going, but at that point in the movie he had already transferred his cumulative knowledge on to all of them so they should have known already. Although Paul is capable of transferring his knowledge to other people it could easily be possible that Paul may limit the knowledge he gives to others as to not give away all of his secrets such as why he is on Earth even to his friends as to protect them. 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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.179 (2013) See more »

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CANTINA BAND
from the motion picture "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)"
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Performed by Syd Masters and the Swing Riders
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Sci Fi spoof of the year
12 June 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. Have been a fan of Pegg and Frost since Shaun of the Dead and enjoy their genius ability to spoof a genre and still make a thoroughly entertaining and funny movie

This time it's ET, Close Encounters .. , Alien and others that are lined up and blown out of the water, along with Roswell the FBI and comic book and gaming nerds. but all done with impeccably good British taste and style.

Seth Rogan (and I'm not usually a fan of his) is superb as the voice of the Alien Paul of the title, and a cameo from Sigourney Weaver complete a superb cast who all acquit themselves well.

The story is set around two British nerds doing a UFO themed tour of the US which starts at a Comic-Con convention. As they take to the road they encounter Paul who is being pursued by 'agents'. The chase heats up and other kooky characters join in and become part of the ensuing mayhem. I'll say no more... go see.

My only complaint is the overuse of bad language expletives far too often, and although effective on a few occasions are, largely unnecessary. and detract from an otherwise excellent script.


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