Two Brits, a One-Eyed Girl, and an Alien
In Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings, two British sci-fi and comic book nerds who travel to America to go to Comic Con and take a trip to America’s famed “alien hotspots”. While on the road at night their dreams come true and they meet an alien named Paul. They agree to help him and take him along with them in their RV. While at an RV park they meet Ruth (Kristen Wiig). She discovers Paul and they are forced to take her with them. Yes, this is a very short plot summary, but I don’t want to spoil anything, and the rest of the plot basically involves them taking Paul to where he needs to go with some speed bumps in their way.
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are great together, as usual. I miss the complete awesomeness that was their movies they made with Edgar Wright though. Paul isn’t at that level.
- There are a lot of cool pop culture references. Something you would expect out of a movie that takes it to Comic Con. The guys are wearing cool t-shirts (like Invincible and The Empire Strikes Back) and there’s a few Close Encounters of the Third Kind references.
- Having just said that, Paul isn’t as funny as most of the recent movie’s the people in this movie have been in. Except for Justin Bateman (The Switch), Seth Rogen (Green Hornet), Kristen Wiig (MacGruber), & Sigourney Weaver (You Again) because it’s better than all of those. It isn’t as funny as Superbad, or any of the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright films.
- At a point in the story Wiig’s character is learning how to swear, and that gets a pass. But, at a lot of other points it just feels like they’re swearing just to swear.
Paul is an entertaining comedy. It’s not the type of movie I’d want to watch all the time, but I’ll give it a watch again when it comes out on Blu-Ray. There’s not too much else to say about it as the story is pretty simple. They need to get Paul to his destination, and there are some funny moments along the way. Not bad, but nothing to run to the theater to see. It hurts me to say that about a Pegg/Frost film, but that’s just how it is.