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).
Excerpt: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are two English boys who've made good in America. Frost and Pegg were the minds behind the cult classic romantic horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead and the action send-up Hot Fuzz . Keeping in mind the fervent excitement of the Comic-Con crowd, the comedic duo have set their sights on alien invasion movies with their latest film Paul , now available on Blu-ray care of Universal Home Entertainment.
Summary: If you're gearing up for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, go ahead and add Paul to your Blu-ray Wish List. Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz , dynamic duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's previous pairings, director Greg Mottola's geek-tastic road trip not only tackles an entire genre, it hones in on an entire subculture of filmfans and fanboys; in this case a subculture that eats, breathes and wheezes comicbooks, Star Wars and every other convention-worthy sci-fi...
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.