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Paul [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 9 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GOAYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,963 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Everything you know about aliens from pop culture is true. At least that's the message from Paul, a swift, sharp, and very funny movie from the creative minds that also brought us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Superbad, and Adventureland. The British stars of the first two, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, also wrote the snappy screenplay, and director Greg Mottola shows that he can make human and sentimental both the slapstick and the subtle, self-referential humor the same way he did in Superbad and Adventureland. The premise Pegg and Frost have laid out for themselves as likable, sci-fi fanatic supernerds is a dream vacation starting at Comic Con, then continuing through the American Southwest in an RV visiting historic UFO sites like Area 51, the Black Mailbox, and Roswell, and finishing up at Devil's Tower in Wyoming, the iconic centerpiece from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. After their inauspicious start, they happen upon an escaped alien who is 4 feet tall, and has the big head, classic diamond eyes, and features we've come to recognize as both the benevolent and evil kinds of space aliens from movies and TV. He is also the titular character, and as voiced by Seth Rogen, this CGI creature spouts a never-ending string of wisecracks, insider secrets, and frat-boy humor that comes loud and clear as classic Rogen in tone and attitude. As an aside and terrific example of the very clever throwaway punch lines that run throughout, there's a brief flashback to 1980 showing Paul on a conference call with Steven Spielberg (really), giving him advice about script development issues for E.T.

Paul crash-landed in the late 1940s and has been held prisoner by the government's men in black. They've not only been pumping him for knowledge, they've also leaked the fabric and features of his being to people who want to believe, especially the ones in Hollywood. Now Paul wants to go home, and he's found the perfect getaway with the want-to-believe team of Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost), who take him to his rendezvous (at Devil's Tower, of course). The road movie that unfolds is consistently hilarious, moving nimbly through one-off gags and inside jokes, but also creating larger relationships and drawn-out humor that relies on us believing that the little CGI Paul is real. And mostly we do, again thanks to Rogen's delivery and distinctive vocalizing. Paul constantly quips, makes fun, gets drunk, smokes dope, and spouts a steady stream of patter about how aliens have been bowdlerized and reimagined in entertainment and the minds of people like Graeme and Clive. There's a jam-packed supporting cast that complements and complicates the story (in a good way), including Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio as the bumbling men in black, and Jason Bateman as the scary man in black. Also passing through are some fun familiar faces like Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jeffrey Tambor, John Carroll Lynch, and an iconic sci-fi actress who shall remain unnamed. Especially good is Kristen Wiig as a fundamentalist Christian whose mind is literally blown by Paul. Amid the broad humor and nonstop punch lines there's also a sweetness that stays with each finely drawn character (including Paul) and gives Paul an amiable sentimentality that runs throughout. Everyone clearly had fun making this movie, and that's exactly how it is to watch. --Ted Fry


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 18 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Two British amateur ufologists Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) visit COMICON in the US. Then they are off to the UFO sites in the US. They have a close encounter with a maniac driver. Little did they know they were going to encounter Paul an, an area 51 escapee who just wants to go home. We go along for the ride. There we encounter several cultures on the journey.

I first saw the trailer for this movie on TV; the one where Paul brings the bird back to life and then does what comes naturally. That set the tone for the whole film. The film does offend prudes of all types with it British style of humor (however Universal City, CA) if not it would have let someone down. For me it was the excessive potty mouth. However being part of the aggregate it was probably necessary.

A nice side part of the film is that they make fun of or incorporate a tad of quit a few of the major sci-fi movies. Watching the extras we learn that they went out of the way to also incorporate filming stiles of some great movies.

For some sort on inexplicable reason I really enjoyed the film and it made me think of a lesser known film named Out There [VHS] (1995), of which I am still waiting for an official DVR transfer.

Out There [VHS]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 20 2011
Format: DVD
"Paul" is a hilarious and quirky science fiction film about two comic book fanatics (Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings) that have an unexpected alien encounter that changes their life. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play characters that have come all the way from England to attend a Comic-Con event that is held in California. Naturally, they also want to explore other parts of America as well. During their road trip they accidently run into an alien that calls himself Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). The movie starts out with some good humour, but the chances to laugh really increase once Paul persuasively convinces Graeme and Clive to take him to where he needs to go. Jason Bateman plays a scandalous but crafty government agent who is also determined to capture Paul for his own personal ulterior motives. "Paul" is a great movie to watch for those who enjoy films that contain elements of comedy and/or science fiction.
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2014
Format: Blu-ray
PAUL [2011] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] PURE PEGG AND FROST . . . VERY VERY FUNNY!

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’) reunite for the comedy adventure ‘PAUL’ as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home, the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. From the director of ‘Superbad’ Greg Mottola, and with a stellar supporting cast, including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver. ‘PAUL’ is a must-own Blu-ray comedy adventure, not to be missed! The film contains numerous references to other science fiction films, especially those of Steven Spielberg, as well as to general science fiction fandom. (One of the many taglines was: "Who's up for a close encounter?")

Cast: Mia Stallard, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jeremy Owen, Jeffrey Tambor, David House, Jennifer Granger, Nelson Ascencio, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Seth Rogen (Paul voice), Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Mark Sivertsen, Joe Berryman, Kristen Wiig, John Carroll Lynch, Steven Spielberg (voice), Mike Miller, J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laleduc on Sept. 21 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Paul is an absolutely addictive movie. Just one watching and you are hooked. I think it is the British humour that does it for me.
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By Sandra on April 21 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was strongly encouraged (practically dragged to it) to watch this movie by a friend and had fairly low expectations despite quite enjoying most of work I've seen by Simon Pegg. It was much more funny and entertaining than I expected. Some surprising twists and thoughtfulness I wasn't expecting. I'd recommend this as a gift or a purchase to anyone who enjoys a quirky sense of humour!
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By R. Gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 31 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've rented this movie a few times and just had to add it to my collection.
Two British sci-fi buffs go to America to attend Comic-Con. They rent a motorhome and decide to visit Area 51 and a number of other sci-fi sites. After a mishap with a couple of red-necks, they end up on a dark highway where they witness a car crash. If you don't know the rest of the plot, read it on Wikipedia. Or better yet, just buy the movie on spec - you won't be disappointed.
The premise of the film is great. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the modern day Abbot and Costello - they play so well off each other. Paul, the computer generated alien that foists himself onto the pair, is hilarious. Sigourney Weaver was a great choice as the "bad guy". There are lots of references to many other sci-fi films for those into the genre, but the film works just as well as a comedy.
One of my favourite flicks.
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