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

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Greg Mottola
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Fugitive, celebrity, slacker, joker, alien. See more »


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

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In an interview, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost mentioned that making a big budget studio film (they cited Paul as being more expensive than Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007) put together), there was a need for compromise: not in a negative sense, but that the studio also had a say in the filmmaking process. For instance, they originally felt an older actor like Jack Nicholson or Rip Torn would be ideal for the voice of the title character, but when the studio suggested Seth Rogen, they liked the idea, due to Rogen's distinguishable voice. See more »

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Two men appear behind Graeme and Clive in the diner when they receive the "Alien on Board" sticker. However, when the two hillbillies appear the two men are gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Tara: [referring to her dog] Go on, then, Paul. Don't be long.
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Crazy Credits

Right before the scrolling end credits, we see an image of the cover of Clive and Graeme's Graphic Novel "Paul", which has an illustration of Paul -- except he has three breasts, which is clearly a reference to the woman with three breasts on the cover of their other book seen throughout the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.10 (2011) See more »

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All Over the World
(Jeff Lynne)
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
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RUN to the theatres to see this one!
3 March 2011 | by dapplegrey13See all my reviews

We saw it tonight with about 30 friends at a pre-release screening in Atlanta.

Let me say I am a 50-yr-old female film-lover. Sci fi is not my favorite genre, but I have seen most of the sci fi classics.

I didn't know what to expect as I am not always a sci-fi comedy fan. For instance, although mildly entertaining, I wasn't wild about "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". I was wild about some of the cast members, but not really the film.

So, we arrived and the theatre was packed. They were turning people away at the door. Although I had qualms and wasn't sure I'd like it, it turns out I LOVED it! ALL of the audience members seemed to laugh themselves in to hysterics through much of the film. And the ENTIRE AUDIENCE CLAPPED WILDLY AT THE END!

WARNING: This movie is NOT for the devoutly religious or for those who are offended by swearing and sexual references. Period. If you THINK you might be offended by anti-religion humor, swearing, or sexual references, then don't go. And I would recommend it for older teens only; NOT young teens.

Amazingly, during the first 20 minutes or so, I found myself thinking 'This is delightful! If only they could keep it THIS funny for the rest of the film..... so many comedies start out with a bang and then are just "tired" by the end of the movie.....'

But I couldn't have been more wrong. It not only kept up a wonderful pace, but introduced many great characters along the way.

If you enjoyed "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", this will be right up your alley. There were lots of sci fi movie references (Alien, ET, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, etc.) It had an AWESOME cast, MARVELOUS character development, and a terrific script that went from sweet and moving, to hilarious, to scary, and back. It was really SO MUCH FUN!

It is lewd, it will certainly will be offensive to some American Christians, and it is totally sci-fi, but it's absolutely hilarious. So, you sci-fi comedy lovers, GO!! RUN to the theatre to see it on the big screen. Take friends and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!


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English | Klingon

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,043,310, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:

$37,412,945

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,984,015
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