2011, ***, R
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman
Written By: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
“Paul” is a fun, crude, flick (definitely not for the entire family) that captures your heart, as well as your hilarious side.
Essentially the government has been tracking Paul (voice of Seth Rogen) who got away from the head honcho and agent tracker (Sigourney Weaver, and Jason Bateman) who has been keeping him in confinement. Simon Pegg and pal Nick Frost , (both British actors that did “Shaun of the Dead, “and Pegg was alone in “Run Fat Boy Run”) are in America on a search for aliens, and to visit the infamous “Area 51.”
While traveling on through the outskirts of the forbidden government area, Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) they stop in a small gift shop dedicated to the supernatural, and of course the entire X-file, alien type paraphernalia and fan keepsakes (kind of like the crazy store Spencer’s Gifts), then they are back on the road in their RV going through the wide open desert spaces in hopes of finding something or witnessing the believable or what the government doesn’t want to believe.
The truth is definitely out there, and hits them right in the face. They get in a car scuffle on the road, -- whom they think is a cop. Then they realize something is a bit strange about the driver, and eventually out pops Paul. This surreal experience almost doesn’t have them believing what they are seeing – a little green man, although he is talking English, and basically tells them he is on the run from his trackers/government people after him.
They decide to help him out, and let him hop aboard the RV and start spending their days together, learning about each other. They run into a girl also in need of some help (Kristen Wiig, “Bridemaids,” “Knocked Up”) who also adds some comedy flair; dry humor but none the less, hilarious and fits in with the Rogen style of humor.
This flick is definitely one to check out if you are an alien lover. Even with all it’s crudeness and possibly rudeness –my mom still enjoyed it; I guess it helped that she is a believer!