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Paul (2011)

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, 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) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart *** decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes... Written by Universal Pictures

Looks like it's gonna be the return of the aliens this year...superheroes a few years ago and now a barrage of alien movies again...

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  • QT IIQT II PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Opens here June 2...at long last, a film by those crazy geniuses behind Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz gets a local release.

    'bout time.
  • Lola_RoseLola_Rose PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
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    If your idea of a hilarious comedy is one riddled with humor based on empty expletives and mockery of Christian fundamental beliefs, then Paul might just be the movie for you.

    Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz British team Simon Pegg and Nick Frost gives us Paul, a story about a close encounter of the third kind. Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are two English Comic-Con sci-fi geeks who embark on a road trip to the US of A for a tour into the UFO heartland on board an RV. Their sci-fi fantasies are rewarded way beyond their expectations when not only do they get a snapshot of each other on Area 51, but they also accidentally meet an alien fugitive named Paul (the generic cute "little green man," with stringy limbs, a bulbous head, and a captivating pair of huge almond-shaped eyes), who joins the geek fanboys so they could help him escape from the men in black.

    Joining the trio of their mad race to Paul's mother ship is dorky Ruth (SNL's Kristen Wiig), a one-eyed Baptist (her one eye symbolical of her singular perspective on life). After a brief debate on Intelligent Design versus Evolution, her lifelong beliefs are ultimately shattered by Paul, yet her broken faith was instantly replaced by a sense of ultimate freedom to commit sins, particularly spitting out cuss words and fornicating, implying that Chistian faith is based alone on fear of God's punishment. She then goes on forming weird unnatural combinations of dirty words to make up for lost time, aiming to charm the audience but ends up downright corny. Chasing after them are the MIB, led by Agent Zoil (Jason Bateman) and his two goofy underling agents (SNL’s Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio) who act like retards to give us slapstick comedy, Ruth's fanatic Bible-thumping gun-waving father, and a couple of rednecks.

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    Written by Frost and Pegg, and directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad and Adventureland), the film's premise of two geeks, outcasts all their life and now in the middle of a wild adventure with an alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) who unexpectedly has a very American, very human behavior has a lot of comedic potential. But the movie is painfully cliche-ish, with expletives-based humor as well as anal probe jokes repeated a hundred times that it's become tiring and embarrassing. It's filled with stereotypes: all Comic-Con fans look like losers, all Christians or Creationists are fundamentalist nut jobs-- and even Sigourney Weaver's cameo is a stereotype itself. The only unorthodox part of the the film is Paul the alien; the pair's expectations of what's an alien like is shattered because aliens are, in truth, English-speaking, rude-humored, weed-smoking, madras-wearing Hollywood consultants.

    There are plenty of movie references for the pleasure of movie buffs, the CGI alien looks flawless and adorable, and the wide open skies of Nevada brings back warm memories of The X-files and quality stories of extraterrestrial biological entities, and there are a few good laughs. But in its entirety, the movie is a mix of bad comedy. The characters are underdeveloped, the comedy offers obscenity and slapstick over wit and substance, the jokes are old and cliche-ish, and it is subtly preachy of Darwinism. Paul is definitely not a result of "intelligent design."

    :moviebuff:

    4 out of 10 stars



    Paul premiers June 1, 2011 in Philippine cinemas.

    From the Official PEx Movie Reviews thread.
  • ZielZiel PExer
    Well, I'm a huge fan of Simong Pegg and Nick Frost (The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, of course!).

    Even though it isn't as funny as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this was incredibly delightful when I watched it with about 20 people in Megamall. It was downright hilarious, and I like how geeky it is. :bop:

    The reappearing statements (Three ****? Awesome :lol:) actually remind me of the other mentioned 2 films. And I just like it, with the funny collision of religion and science, and how they made the alien seem exciting (as Paul explains he LOOKS like that because the aliens have given SIGNS to the humans for years :lol:).

    Definitely a good watch.
  • I love those blasphemous scenes! :lol:
  • nayari ako here, i thought this was a family movie and thought that the plot was something like, two nerds try to help an alien who wants to return to his planet etc etc

    while the plot was the same, it was not really a family movie given the number of curses, obscene language etc. it elicited laughs from us all but had to cut a few scenes/make silly explanations when my kid begins to ask, what is *****?!?!?!
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