Paul (2011)

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Paul has a question to ask you

Do You Believe in Aliens?

  • Yes, they're out there
  • No, there's no such thing as aliens
  • I think it's possible, but I'm not sure
  • I don't think there are, but I'm open to the possibility
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Paul is definitely the funniest alien guy you'll ever meet

Meet Paul, the coolest extraterrestrial you'll ever meet. On the surface, this film might seem like another run of the mill comedy about an alien from outer space. However, "Paul" seems to carry a unique charm all it's own. The story is centered around two British comic book geeks that travel to America, to take in some of the sights. Exploring such lavish tourist attractions like Comic Con, and the infamous Roswell, New Mexico. However, all that changes when they happen to meet a strange extraterrestrial by the name of Paul (Seth Rogen).

Unlike most aliens, Paul isn't afraid to speak his mind, and he's one helluva a party animal too. In fact, he's probably the coolest alien I've ever seen since the TV series, "Alf." However, Paul isn't a wiseguy freeloader like Alf was. No, he's more of a cool drinking buddy you can hang out with, but you can also learn a lot from him as well. Indeed, Paul's probably one of the few aliens that I personally wouldn't mind becoming friends with, as he seems like a pretty cool guy.

Hell, he's certainly more normal than his friends, Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost), as they seem to know more about science fiction comics than they do about talking to girls. In fact, Graeme literally makes a fool of himself ASKING Ruth (Kristen Wiig) to kiss him. Literally saying, "You can kiss me if you like." Granted, she's a bit nutty herself, as the film does have somewhat of a anti-religious theme to her character. When she's first introduced, Ruth is a simple god fearing girl that believes that everything regarding Darwinism is wrong and to say anything else, it would be considered blasphemy. However, once Paul opens her mind, she quickly turns from a shy socially inept girl, to a woman that's willing to explore all of life's splendors from cussing to fornication. You got to love it.

Anyways, to get back to the story at hand, Paul and his friends embark on an epic adventure, to get him to meeting point where he's expected to be rescued. Along the way, they're chased by notorious government agents, and a hilly billy father, who thinks Paul is a demon. Don't ask.

Overall, "Paul" is definitely one of the funniest science fiction comedies since "Men In Black II." In fact, I can't remember the last time I laughed so much during an alien movie before. Plus, the references to classic science fiction pieces like "E.T" and "Star Trek" was a very nice touch. Of course, the special effects were pretty much what you'd expect from a film of this ilk.

However, the strength of the film lies more in the chemistry between the actors themselves, and Seth's lovable performance. Granted, Seth has a tendency to always play the same kind of character, in every film he plays, and "Paul" really isn't that much different other than he's an alien. In the end, I'd have to give "Paul" a solid three out of four. Unfortunately, the film is a bit predictable, and some of the science fiction references they refer to might go over the average movie goers head. However, if you're willing to look past that, then you might find "Paul" to be one of the funniest science fiction films ever made. Definitely worth a few laughs if your looking for a good comedy to see this year.

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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya STEVENNIX2001, I was hub hopping and I came across your Paul movie review. I enjoyed reading your review and I love the pics and videos you added. My kids just saw this movie yesterday and they loved it. I'm going to see it next week. Voted up and useful.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great review.....I loved this movie...Pegg, Rogen and Frost make a good team, not as good as Shaun of the Dead....but close....it did moderately well at the box office....go see it...voted up


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

I loved this movie- Simon and Nick are always good value for money but I was very impressed on how funny Paul himself was and Seth Rogen did a great job voicing him. Thought they could have had a bit more comic con fun but they probably trimmed the film down. Brilliant one liners and in-jokes especially for film-buffs like us! thanks for the review!


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

@rosie

Thanks rosie. I'm glad you liked the review, and I appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts with us.

@Cogerson

I agree. Although I still have yet to see Shaun of the Dead, I plan to one of these days. Your right, the combination between Pegg, Rogen and Frost was great in this film, as I thought they pretty much carried the film if you ask me. Anyways, thanks again buddy for stopping by. :)

@Docmo

Your welcome, and thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. Yeah, it was kind of a shame they didn't do more with the comic con bit, as I would've loved to have seen a scene where Paul shows up there. that would've been classic but then again, they probably had to leave that out for time constraints. plus, I don't know how it would've fit into the story if that happened.

Oh well. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by. :)


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago

Very good. Well written, keep up the good work. Voted up and Awesome.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Thanks Carl. I'm glad you liked the review. :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

OMG, Steven, this was one of the funniest movies I have seen. I laughed throughout the whole thing. Awesome review, as usual.

I wanted to write a review about this movie, I liked it that much. I'm so glad I didn't. I could NEVER have written anything near what you have in this hub. It's great. I'm laughing again thinking of some of those great lines.

Oh, I have to share with you the other part of seeing this movie. The twist is that I did not intend to see this one. When I picked it out from the 'photo' online, I saw the alien and mistook Paul for an animated space movie with Will Farrell in it. so, when the movie started I was really confused that it did not start out in animation.

I was so glad I made the mistake. It was the best belly laugh I had in a long time. I recommend everyone to see it.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

That's cool Denise. I'm glad you liked the movie, as I really enjoyed it a lot too. It's a shame it wasn't as big of a hit, as it should've been. However, it's definitely a hilarious movie. lol. However, I'm sure you would do fine if you still decided to write your own hub on this, as I wouldn't mind reading your thoughts about it. Anyways, thanks again for stopping by Denise, as it's always a pleasure seeing you. :)


MooVeeMan 4 years ago

Great review, and most of all, great selection of pix. The British poster is way cool, and the sil style is sweet. New to yer thang, and dig it DaddyO!


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

Umm...okay. Thanks. I'm glad you liked the hub. :)


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Wow! I've just finished watching this film (somebody lent me the DVD) and it was brilliant. I knew it would be funny because of Simon and Nick, but Paul was hilarious. If we ever actually do get a visit from an intelligent alien life form. I hope they're like Paul.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

Yeah same here. If they're all like Paul, then i can see myself hanging out with aliens sometime. lol. anyway, thanks for stopping by again jk.

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