Opening on Cinemax this weekend was “Paul”, 2011’s Alien comedy starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen.
“Paul” is the story of two British UFO fanatics who come to America for Comic-Con, then plan to take a mini cross-country tour of famous UFO hotspots across the southwest.
They don’t expect to actually encounter an alien though.
Especially one that talks like Seth Rogen.
While driving their rented RV to visit Area 51, Pegg and Frost nearly have a collision with another automobile, which winds up spinning off the road afterwards. Examining the wreckage, they’re shocked to find an actual extraterrestrial.
Paul, as he calls himself, is not just voiced by Seth Rogen. He acts like Seth Rogen. He’s a wisecracking smart ass who smokes, cusses, gets baked and speaks fluent “dude”. He has a variety of alien related powers, like invisibility, telepathy, and healing powers, but he acts like a normal geek. He continually makes light of the absurdities of the situation… Cracking plenty of Alien jokes along the way.
Paul has recently escaped from Area 51. He’s been held against his will ever since his spaceship crashed here decades ago. He’s been kept alive so that he can be debriefed for his knowledge, but recently began to suspect he was due to be killed and autopsied, so he escaped.
Now he’s on the lam, and trying to find a way home.
So Frost and Pegg bring him along in their RV, picking up Kristen Wiig along the way, and earning a small horde of pursuers, most notably a team of government agents comprised of Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Troglio, and led by Sigourney Weaver.
Rogen’s little green dude is pretty funny… as is the movie overall. They load it up with tons of geek references, famous movie quotes, pop culture references and of course, Comic-Con. I enjoyed it… it’s lighthearted and funny. Never asks a lot out of you, and gives you plenty of chuckles during its run time.
It was a little too light for me to A range grade it, I thought, but I had a lot of fun with it, and it’s definitely worth checking out!