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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.


Greg Mottola
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Stallard Mia Stallard ... Young Tara
Simon Pegg ... Graeme Willy
Nick Frost ... Clive Gollings
Jeremy Owen Jeremy Owen ... Sword Vendor
Jeffrey Tambor ... Adam Shadowchild
David House David House ... Security Guard
Jennifer Granger Jennifer Granger ... Adam Shadowchild Fan
Nelson Ascencio ... Jorge
Bobby Lee ... Valet
Jane Lynch ... Pat Stevens
David Koechner ... Gus
Jesse Plemons ... Jake
Seth Rogen ... Paul (voice)
Jason Bateman ... Agent Zoil
Sigourney Weaver ... The Big Guy


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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This Spring, they're all for one and one for Paul. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,043,310, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (Unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Young Tara: [referring to her dog] Go on, then, Paul. Don't be long.
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It has been a while since I have been entertained on a Sci Fi comedy.
17 July 2011 | by troy-manatungaSee all my reviews

It's been 60 years since Paul has been a visitor on planet earth. Being imprisoned in a Military facility for a long time the green guy (Paul the Alien), finds a way out. He escapes god knows how, and flees in the first vehicle he comes across. Unable to reach the pedal at the wheel Paul Swirls and finds himself in a fatal car crash, which was pretty much self-inflicted! Graeme and Clive two hardcore comic fans just happen to be taking a road trip across the states exploring area 51 in the greater Americas. Just so happens that Paul just like clockwork crashes right in front of them and so the friendship begins. Fleeing from the law is not an easy task if you're an alien I would say, not far behind in agent Zoil hot on their tail trying to bring Paul back in. Clive and Graeme make it their own concern as they earnestly try to save the little guy and send him back home. The choices they make are fairly unorthodox, but effective.

Written by Nick Frost & Simon Pegg, this alienated comedy is just what you are about to expect as per the trailer. Slapstick comedy, fast pacing and at times downright stupid; yet that is the genius comedy that makes this a fun to watch movie by the entire family if you're above 18! Some language and content seem to have brought upon R MPAA rating which personally I felt is a bit too much, taking into consideration the gist of storyline. Yet; that's just how it is! Director Greg Mottala (Superbad, Adventurland) who is known for his funny approach to movies does a sheer marvelous job on this hilarious sci fi comedy. A personal favorite of mine was the blowing up of the house! Without giving it all away, I need to say, simple but satisfying! Nick Frost, Simon Pegg & Jason Bateman. What a lovely combination of talent. The two Englishmen and the New Yorker does a fantastic job and keeps the movie and very fast pace. Seth Rogen does a perfect Paul, and his voice just livens up the lines in a manner that even some dialogues that are serious sounds funny.

It has been a while since I have been entertained on a Sci Fi comedy. As a critic at times one becomes to analytical, however there are a few productions that just go by me that deserve to be viewed in the intent it was scripted. The reason I chose to say this is the result of conversations where some believe that there is no depth in the characters and there was no intricate plot progression. That's when to the best of my knowledge, I shifted my paradigms and made an effort to align it with what presumably were in the hearts and the minds of the director and the writers. If you manage to do so you will enjoy the story of "Paul". If you are a fan of entertainment and allow room for some sci fi stupidity which is eventually a farce this for sure is one of those to sit back and watch with family or a few of your close buddies.

Title: Paul Directed by: Greg Mottala Starring: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Jason Bateman & Seth Rogen Rated: Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use. Rating: 07/10 109 Minutes

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