Excerpt: Best friends and sci-fi geeks Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) are on vacation in America to visit Area 51 and other alien hotspots. On the trip, they witness a car crash out of which comes an alien who calls himself "Paul" and they agree to take him to his destination, as they're chased by federal agents who want their alien back.
Excerpt: Paul is about, well, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), but it’s also celebratory. It cherishes geek culture, is enamored with alien invasion movies, and worships the ground raunch was created on. It’s certainly not apologetic about any of it, and the heavy-handed anti-religion jabs are hardly kind. Yet, it’s patently offensive with a firm purpose and sense of being.
Excerpt: The Film Paul finds British uber-nerds Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) on the ultimate dream vacation. After getting their geek on at Comic-Con, the two load up into an RV in search of Area 51. Instead, they end up picking up Paul, an escaped space alien with the personality of a Knocked Up -era Seth Rogen (who also supplies Paul's voice).
Conclusion: 'Paul' isn't the funniest movie you'll see, and it definitely isn't the best from Pegg and Frost, but it's a decently funny way to spend 100 plus minutes. I guess in the end I wished for more sarcastic, dry British wit coming from these two guys rather than a movie that felt a little too slapstick for its own good. Thankfully, the Blu-ray looks and sounds great, and there's a heavy smattering of special features to keep everyone interested. 'Paul' comes recommended.
Excerpt: The spirit and intent behind Paul turns out to be far more admirable than the movie that results from it. The third feature to co-star Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, but the first not to be directed by their longtime collaborator Edgar Wright, Paul combines Pegg and Frost's frenzied, pop culture-referencing comedy with director Greg Mottola's loose, amiable style to mixed results.
Excerpt: Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz , Simon Pegg’s beloved collaborations with director/co-writer Edgar Wright, are defined by an affection for the genres to which they lovingly pay homage. Pegg and regular collaborator Nick Frost—co-star of those Wright-directed films—have become geek heroes, refashioning the art and entertainment of their childhood in their own image.
Summary: There’s a telling scene halfway through Paul , which hopes to do to Spielberg’s aliens what Shaun Of The Dead did to Romero’s zombies, where Frost (fat) is upset with Pegg (ginger) for the ultimate geek betrayal: talking to girls. Long-term fans may feel a similar burn. Though funny, this Hot Fuzz follow-up directed by Superbad ’s Greg Mottola shows the pair surrendering to Hollywood – think product placement, cheesy music cues, Saturday Night Live alumni – and watching...