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A space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he's outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing uncomfortably close, Paul escapes on the first RV that passes by his compound in Area 51. Fortunately, it contains the two earthlings who are most likely to rescue and harbor an alien on the run.
Comedy Adventure - While the advertising for this science fiction comedy centers on a
cute alien, audiences, especially families, should note that this is
film for an adult audience, with frequent language, some rough
violence, and lots of crude and suggestive humor. The target
is younger adult males. Fans of Sigourney Weaver note that her
time is very limited.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; 3 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief alien nudity and unrelated alien sex. VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana, tobacco, and frequent alcohol. ACTION: Chases, fights, explosions. COMEDY: Alien humor, dark humor, crude humor, slapstick and wisecracks.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Here's a movie that teeters on the edge of being really pretty good and loses its way. I'm not sure quite what goes wrong, but you can see that it might have gone right.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average And foul-mouthed. And unkempt. There will be no confusing Paul with E.T. — or his film, for that matter — but the slacker alien has just enough snark and humor to lift the movie beyond its miscast Earthling stars.
NY PostFull Review Good
Set your humor-detection capacitors for moderate to above-average intake levels. I haven't laughed this much since maybe last Monday, but that was a particularly strong Monday.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 24 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly all the teens enjoyed "Paul" very much with half giving it their highest rating.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The males both loved it. One of the ladies loved it and one rated it average.
ADULTS:This is obviously more of a younger crowd movie because the adults, both male and female, didn't rate "Paul" very high. Only a third truly enjoyed it. Another third rated it average, which is a bit disappointing. The last third rated it poor, which is very low.
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at
a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass
decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town -- a
rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost).
Best friends Graeme and Clive have saved for decades to take a sci-fi fan's trip of a lifetime: a
America's UFO heartland to track the legendary hot spots of extraterrestrial
when a close encounter with Paul derails the plans…their dream vacation turns
road trip that will rock their universe forever.
Hunted by federal agents and the fanatical father of Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), a young woman whom they have accidentally kidnapped,
Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling plan to return Paul to his mother ship in one
And as two nerds fight to help save an awesome little green man, Paul might just
fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.