Paul

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Overview

Two average sci-fi geeks get caught up in the ultimate interplanetary adventure after picking up an extraterrestrial during a road trip to Area 51 and becoming the targets of a nationwide manhunt. Graeme Simon Pegg and Clive Nick Frost are two British sci-fi geeks on holiday in America. After a trip to Comic-Con to meet their favorite author, Adam Shadowchild Jeffrey Tambor, Graeme and Clive load up their RV and hit the road for a tour of some of the most famous UFO hotspots in the American Southwest. They know ...
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Overview

Two average sci-fi geeks get caught up in the ultimate interplanetary adventure after picking up an extraterrestrial during a road trip to Area 51 and becoming the targets of a nationwide manhunt. Graeme Simon Pegg and Clive Nick Frost are two British sci-fi geeks on holiday in America. After a trip to Comic-Con to meet their favorite author, Adam Shadowchild Jeffrey Tambor, Graeme and Clive load up their RV and hit the road for a tour of some of the most famous UFO hotspots in the American Southwest. They know we're not alone in the universe, but they won't be satisfied until they get a firsthand glimpse of the famed Area 51. However, somewhere deep in the Nevada desert, the two UFO enthusiasts narrowly avoid crashing into a speeding car when they happen across a most unlikely hitchhiker. Paul voice of Seth Rogan is a pint-sized alien who has spent the last 60 years in Area 51. He's been cooped up in the care of the U.S. Government for far too long, and he's starting to get a little homesick. Though Graeme and Clive are more than willing to help their wisecracking new friend get back to his mother ship, Special Agent Zoil Jason Bateman of the FBI is closing in fast. And he's not the only one; in their race to get their new friend home, Graeme and Clive have also become unwitting kidnappers, and the enraged father of their not-so-unwilling captive, Ruth Kristen Wiig, is determined to rescue his daughter at all costs. Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, and David Koechner co-star.
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Special Features

Hilarious bloopers; The evolution Of Paul; Simon's silly faces; Who the hell is Adam Shadowchild?; Feature commentary; Galleries; And more!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The syrupy geek sentiment that forms the lifeblood of Paul carries a communicable charm that's nearly impossible to resist. And even if this loving homage to all things sci-fi never quite hits the sturdy comedic stride of, say, Shaun of the Dead or Superbad -- the two films audiences are most likely to compare it to -- movie lovers will still have a field day wading through the nonstop film references, while fans of creative profanity will find plenty to chuckle about, and the fun being had by the cast lends the whole affair an affectionate, laid-back appeal. Graeme Simon Pegg and Clive Nick Frost are two British sci-fi geeks on holiday in America. After a trip to Comic-Con to meet their favorite author, Adam Shadowchild Jeffrey Tambor, Graeme and Clive load up their RV and hit the road for a tour of some of the most famous UFO hotspots in the American Southwest. They know we're not alone in the universe, but they won't be satisfied until they get a firsthand glimpse of the famed Area 51. However, somewhere deep in the Nevada desert, the two UFO enthusiasts happen across a most unlikely hitchhiker. Paul voice of Seth Rogen is a pint-sized alien who has spent the last 60 years in Area 51. He's been cooped up in the care of the U.S. Government for far too long, and he's starting to get a little homesick. Though Graeme and Clive are more than willing to help their wisecracking new friend get back to his mother ship, Special Agent Zoil Jason Bateman of the FBI is closing in fast. And he's not the only one; in their race to get their new friend home, Graeme and Clive have also become unwitting kidnappers, and the enraged father of their not-so-unwilling captive, Ruth Kristen Wiig, is determined to rescue his daughter at all costs. From Spaced onward, longtime collaborators and renowned offscreen pals Pegg and Frost have constructed nearly their entire careers on the foundation of clever film references. The longer the self-professed fanboys stick to their routine formula of paying homage, though, the less effective it becomes. Perhaps it's due to the notable absence of longtime collaborator Edgar Wright in Paul, but this gleefully obscene road trip comedy lacks the inspiration and creative flair that endeared Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and even the somewhat spotty Hot Fuzz to fun-loving pop-culture junkies weaned on a steady diet of genre films and sugary beverages. Still, saying that Paul is the least inspired work from the people who gave us some of the previous decade's best comedies isn't to say that it's an outright failure, just that it's pretty much on par with your average Hollywood comedy -- only with a geeky slant rather than a populist one. Nevertheless, it's hard not to love a film that's so sincere in its unabashed love for all things dorky, and the team behind Paul does deserve extra credit for having the courage to turn out an R-rated comedy that could have easily been watered down to a PG-13 if they simply wanted to sell more tickets. The fact that Pegg, Frost, and director Greg Mottola created such an amiable, sweet-natured comedy with such cheerfully profane dialogue shows that they still haven't compromised their creative vision, a fact that adult moviegoers are sure to appreciate in a time when it seems like most filmmakers are quick to sacrifice integrity in favor of mass appeal. Likewise, some of the best jokes in Paul are also the most incidental, such as the climactic revelation of Agent Zoil's first name, or the throwaway line from Bill Hader -- playing one of Zoil's underlings -- after shining a flashlight on his partner's junk. Although in many films the fun being had by the cast on the set doesn't always show through in the final product, it's easy to get caught up in the good vibes reverberating throughout Paul, thanks not only to the authentic connection between the film's two leads, but also the supporting performances by Joe Lo Truglio, Wiig, Hader, and Bateman. And despite the fact that the gimmick of a foul-mouthed, ganja-smoking Grey with the personality of Seth Rogen does wear thin rather quickly, the character of Paul is animated in a way that still makes him endearing despite the one-note gag. Thankfully Paul brings geek humor to the masses a bit more effectively than the dismal Fanboys did just a few years back; however, that doesn't change the fact that, from the plot to the dialogue, virtually everything about the film is derivative. If Pegg and Frost are truly going to have any staying power on the big screen, it's high time they broke out of their comfort zone and finally challenged themselves to make a movie that's completely original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • UPC: 025192069949
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 13,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Pegg Graeme Willy
Nick Frost Clive Gollings
Seth Rogen Voice Only
Jason Bateman Agent Zoil
Kristen Wiig Ruth, Ruth Buggs
Bill Hader Haggard
Blythe Danner Tara, Tara Walton
John Carroll Lynch Moses Buggs
Sigourney Weaver The Big Guy
Joe Lo Truglio O'Reilly
Jeffrey Tambor Adam Shadowchild
Jane Lynch Pat Stevens,
David Koechner Gus
Steven Spielberg Himself
Nelson Ascencio Jorge
Brett Michael Jones Keith Nash
Jennifer Granger Adam Shadowchild Fan
Jeremy Owen Sword Vendor
Joe Berryman Gas Station Attendant
J. Todd Anderson Comic Store Clerk
Mark Sivertsen State Trooper
Michael Miller Police Officer
David House Security Guard
Diego Deane Fireworks Store Clerk
Lori Dillen Robbed Woman
Syd Masters Band Member #1
Gary Roller Band Member #2
Oliver O'Shea Band Member #3
Lonnie Otha-Mayer Band Member #4
Will Veitch Band Member #5
Technical Credits
Greg Mottola Director
Georgia Allen Makeup
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
David Arnold Score Composer
Tim Bevan Producer
Mary Burton Makeup
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Chris Dickens Editor
Eric Fellner Producer
Richard Fojo Art Director
Nick Frost Screenwriter
Robert Graf Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Allison Jones Casting
Peter Kurland Sound Mixer
Amahl H. Lovato Set Decoration/Design
James Oberlander Set Decoration/Design
Nira Park Producer
Simon Pegg Screenwriter
Siobhan Roome Set Decoration/Design
Jefferson Sage Production Designer
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Walker Makeup
Jonathan Watson Asst. Director
Natascha Wharton Executive Producer
Edgar Wright Executive Producer
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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Equal to Shaun of the Dead

    After Shaun, I thought Simon Pegg's movies (and thus his career) were garbage. But he and Nick Frost are back in top gear with Paul. I will say that I "got" very few of the sci-fi references as I only have the first 2 Alien movies and the Hitchhiker's Guide movie and don't read comic books or watch Star Trek etc., but this show was incredibly fun, witty and exciting. There was quite a lot more rough language than I'd expected, but hey, some irreverent humor is good every now and then. Paul looked awesome (when we could see him, haha) and I thought Seth Rogen's voice was perfect for him: forget E.T. and his extremely limited vocabulary, Paul's the most personable alien I've ever seen on the big screen.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    "The Humorous Paul Adventures"

    "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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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Really Funny!

    It's not quite Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, but this was really rather funny. I enjoyed it, and it's nice to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up again! They always put out some funny stuff together! I hope they come out together in many more great comedic works in the years to come! Seth Rogen is funny and was great as Paul, and Jason Bateman & Kristen Wiig are always funny. I loved that Sigourney Weaver had a role to play as well, given her history of roles in alien movies. :-) If you're into sci-fi/comedy, or you just like the good ol boys from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, you should definitely check this movie out. Good times!

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