Paul stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as hapless nerds that stumble across an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) after visiting Comic Con. Gareme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) (or Eggy and Sausage as they are more fondly known) decide to take an RV trip of all the most famous alien related sites in America ending in Roswell. In classic “buddy movie trip” style hijinks ensue as soon as the trip begins (the guys run into some “rednecks” played by David Koechner and Jesse Plemons and promptly make enemies). These hijinks only get wackier when you add in Paul the alien. Turns out Paul (named after the dog he crash landed on) has been on Earth for about 60 years and has become of the face of aliens in hopes of softening the blow when humans actually meet aliens. Paul is rude, crude, and funny and on a mission to get home. The boys agree to help him out and along the way make some new friends (Jeffrey Tambor, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wigg) and some enemies (Koechner, Plemmons, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver). The plot of Paul is not earth shattering, you will know within the first few minutes of meeting Paul how this story will end, but it is fun getting there.
I knew how Paul was going to end pretty much from the start but I did enjoy the time in between. Paul is definately not as funny as some of Pegg and Frost’s previous movies (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) but you can definately feel their influence throughout the movie. Kristen Wigg is probably one of my least favorite people due to her time on SNL but she manages to not drag the whole movie down with her Kristen Wigg-ness. Jason Bateman is fun as the secret service man “chasing” Paul and the “surprise” guest at the end was entertaining but not really necessary. I had a free pass for this movie and honestly that is probably the only way I could justify seeing it in theaters. I suggest waiting for it come to DVD (unless you have a free movie pass or are just looking to blow 10 bucks). I give it 2.5 out of 5 alien probes.
Paul was an interesting take on an alien movie. I love, love,love Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Was this film at the top of their hilarity. No, but I still laughed out loud. The movie seemed a bit long and dragged at some points. I say see it with your movie pass, see it at the dollar movie or just wait to rent it. Shout out to Fan Boys everywhere from across the pond. Kristen Wigg toned it down. I generally don’t like her but she toned herself down and didn’t take away too much from the film. Except for her extravagant use of language. Jane Lynch was a pleasant surprise and has Bill Hader and Jason Bateman been drinking from the fountain of youth because they were looking good. I agree with Sunshine and give this movie 2.5 out of 5 alien probes.