Simon Pegg and Nick Frost continue their spoofs of movies and this time it’s a science fiction comedy, Paul. Comic book writer Clive Gollines (Nick Frost) and illustrator Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) are two Sci-fi geeks from the U.K. who are in the U.S. to visit all of the UFO sites in the Midwest. After attending the Comic Conference in San Diego, the outskirts of Roswell and Area 51, they witness a speeding car swerve off the road and roll several times. When the run over to offer help, they find a rude, foul-mouthed Alien named Paul (voice of Seth Rogen). Paul joins the guys and tells them he has been on earth for 60 years and held prisoner on a military base and learned they were going to remove his brain and examine it, so he escaped. Now the RV that the guys and Paul are riding in is being chased by a couple of federal agents (Jason Bateman and Bill Hader) who are sent by the Big Guy (Sigourney Weaver) to bring Paul back. In the meantime, they pick up a young religious woman named Ruth (Kristen Wiid) who has a hard time accepting a foul-mouthed, beer drinking, marijuana smoking Alien. (Sounds like a couple people I know and they aren’t from another planet.) Moviegoers who enjoyed films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fudge – this is right up your alley. Science fiction fans will love the references to Star Trek, Star Wars, ET, Alien, Close Encounters, etc. It has a clever script, funny sci-fi jokes and the two stars are so innocent and goofy we love and accept them from the beginning. It does fall flat a couple times and be aware that there are some really insensitive religious jokes. This is definitely not for the kids because the language was so bad I would have rather seen Paul’s three **** than listen to some of the dialogue. This film isn’t hilarious but it’s unique and I had a smile on my face most of the time. I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.