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Paul (2011)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't measure up to Pegg and Frost's best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining -- albeit uneven -- road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them 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 (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, 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 (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (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. Paul is directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy's cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver. -- (C) Universal

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Simon Pegg
as Graeme Willy
Nick Frost
as Clive Gollings
Jason Bateman
as Agent Zoil
Kristen Wiig
as Ruth Buggs
Bill Hader
as Haggard
Blythe Danner
as Tara Walton
John Carroll Lynch
as Moses Buggs
Jane Lynch
as Pat Stevens
Sigourney Weaver
as The Big Guy
Jeffrey Tambor
as Adam Shadowchild
Jennifer Granger
as Adam Shadowchild Fan
Mia Stallard
as Young Tara
Mark Sivertsen
as State Trooper
David House
as Security Guard
Syd Masters
as Band Member #1
Michael Miller
as Police Officer
Gary Roller
as Band Member #2
Oliver O'Shea
as Band Member #3
Lonnie Otha-Mayer
as Band Member #4
Will Veitch
as Band Member #5
Mike Miller
as Police Officer
Lori Dillen
as Robed Woman
Joe Berryman
as Gas Station Attendant
Jeremy Owen
as Sword Vendor
J. Todd Anderson
as Comic Store Clerk
Diego Deane
as Fireworks Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Paul

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (41)

Well, that's one joke. Ninety more minutes to go.

March 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The film has some laughs. But it also has a million jokes about anal probes, alien genitalia, and people thinking Clive and Graeme are gay. These guys can do better than this.

March 21, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The CGI alien is very well articulated, and Rogen is a virtuoso at mixing motormouthed rudeness with a hint of tenderness to take off the edge.

March 21, 2011 | Full Review…

Paul is arguably the best science fiction comedy since Galaxy Quest.

March 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is not quite enough of a conceit to sustain a full-length movie -- Paul would have made a terrific short film -- but there are incidental pleasures all along the way.

March 18, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A good-hearted, funny movie.

March 18, 2011 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Paul


Well you go in thnking that this is just going to be a simple nerdy sci-fi flick and thats what you get, however it is surprisingly funny and enjoyable! A great cast and an enjoyable movie to keep you entertained! Its Not one of my favourtie Pegg and Frosts movie, however bring in seth rogen and 'anal probe' then its still entertaining and keeps you very much amused!

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Jens S.

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Two English comic book nerds on the road in the American mid west have a close encounter with a stranded alien and decide to help him evade capture by the sinister Men In Black who are pursuing him. The epic ongoing bromance between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost becomes an extra-terrestial menage-a-trois with the addition of Seth Rogen's chain smoking, smart mouthed E.T. in this amusing road movie from the Spaced school. Essentially a homage to John Carpenter's Starman with added dashes of Close Encounters and E.T., Paul has that easy going charm and feel good factor that most American nerd comedies completely miss; there's something much more likeable about a British geek for some reason (maybe it's just because I can relate...) Pegg and Frost play off each other as effortlessly as ever to the point where if I were Pegg's agent I'd make sure he was manacled to Frost on a permanent basis to prevent any more whorish forays into Hollywood schmaltz and dimwitted guest appearances. Paul contains all the same ingredients that made hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead work so well and although some of the humour is a little juvenile it's funny far more often than it's not. Containing the obligatory quotes and references every sci-fi trainspotter will enjoy, this is very much more of the same from the everyone's favourite partners in nerd, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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