SXSW Review: Paul


Director:Greg Mottola

Cast:Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig

Running Time:104.00


I have been waiting for a movie that incorporates animation and an R rated script for a long time.  Paul delivers on what I've been waiting for, providing a funny animated comedy that keeps the laughs rolling throughout.  

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure playing as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland, Area 51.  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 ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town. This vehicle just happens to be 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. 

The movie is a good fit for director Greg Mottola.  He has created an easy marriage between the British hysteria (proper and restrained, don't you know) of road-trippers and the laid-back mellow yellow of Paul's weed-toking, flip-flop wearing CGI wonder.

Rogen's nonchalant smart-ass delivery is perfect for the cool outer-space dude and Kristen Wiig has the required sweetness to deal with a young woman whose liberation leads her to become an ill-advised potty-mouth. There's tons of bad language in the film, all of it for comic effect, but constant nonetheless. If you won't be offended by the dialogue, Paul is definitely something to check out!



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