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Paul (2011)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Owen ...
David House ...
Security Guard
Jennifer Granger ...
Adam Shadowchild Fan
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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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 (United Kingdom), 18 February 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,043,310, 20 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (Unrated)

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| (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the comic book store, Elis Comics, Paul is frisked by Agent O'Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio), when he exclaims "Get your goddamn hands off my mother fuckin' junk." This is a reference to what John Tyner, an airline passenger and blogger, said to a TSA agent who was about to pat him down before a flight in November 2010. See more »


When Graeme is convincing Ruth to go with them and she says "Where would I sleep?", you can see her left pupil through the dark lens: it moves as she looks to her right twice and then back. In the next scene, it is shown that she doesn't have a visible pupil in her left eye. See more »


[first lines]
Young Tara: [referring to her dog] Go on, then, Paul. Don't be long.
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I Hate to Say Goodbye
(Freddie 'Leroy' Steagall, Al Cantu)
Performed by Freddie 'Leroy' Steagall, Al Cantu, Rick Mena
Courtesy of Freddie 'Leroy' Steagall
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A pleasant surprise that had me laughing all the way
2 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I lucked out and received tickets to watch an advance screening of this movie. I had 0 expectations, the trailer didn't really show much, and generally went in with an open mind.

Bottom line: no forced laughs and I laughed a plenty. The writing was absolutely brilliant. The gags are funny, and jokes come in smart and crude and those who are science fiction fans will get a huge kick out of how many hidden nods there are everywhere. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost did a fantastic job penning this script (as well as their acting)and well executed by Greg Mottola (Superbad and Adventureland). Simply put, I had a blast and it was just that much satisfying as a film overall.

Personally, I would have given it a 10, but it may be hard to recommend to a wide audience. I would expect anyone aged from 16 to 30 would enjoy it the most given the amount of vulgarity in the movie. Basically, I wouldn't recommend it to my parents because they definitely will get turned off by it.

I was initially skeptical about Seth Rogan voicing Paul: DON'T WORRY. He does a great job and you end up loving the character. All the actors in this film were great and you will enjoy their roles.

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