PaulDVD - 2011
"...in celebration of what the Spielbergian cosmos is all about."--Entertainment Weekly
"Smashing fun."--Rolling Stone
Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-aleck alien, Paul, who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home, the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
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Agent Zoil: Pleasure to meet you boys. You did a hell of a job.
Clive Gollings: Thank you, Agent Zoil.
Agent Zoil: Please call me Lorenzo.
Clive Gollings, Graeme Willy: Lorenzo Zoil?
Paul: This is America. Kidnapping a Christian is worse than harboring a fugitive.
Ruth Buggs: So everything that I have been told my whole life, is just a big fat lie? Do you know how that feels?
Graeme Willy: Look. Just because your truth, isn't the true truth, doesn't mean there is no truth, Ruth.
Ruth Buggs: That's easy for you to say.
Graeme Willy: It's really not.
Graeme Willy: How come I can understand you? Are you using some neural language router?
Paul: Actually I'm speaking English you f**king idiot!
Clive Gollings: They're going to rape us and break our arms!
Graeme Willy: I don't want my arms broken.
Graeme Willy: Whats the matter Clive?
Clive Gollings: There is an alien in the kitchen making bagels and coffee.
Graeme Willy: Did you want tea?
Clive Gollings: No, I don't want tea!
Graeme Willy: Right, because tea is weird in America.
Graeme Willy: You are an alien!
Paul: To you I am, yes.
Graeme Willy: Are you gonna probe us?
Paul: *Why* does everyone always assume that? What am I doing? Am I harvesting farts? How much can I learn from an ass?
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mendelbrot_nebulae thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
Violence: a bit of gore, some blood spatters, an animal has a spaceship crash on it (all with comic tone, not cruel)
Other: scenes of smoking tobacco and marijuana
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In other hands, this charming comedy spoof of all things Alien might have resembled a hackneyed episode of the X-Files. But since that was already done by, well, the last X-Files movie, the British duo that brought us the zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead decided to take another tack. Or Trek, as the case may be. Instead, this is a great buddy road-trip adventure, in the same vein as the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope Road movies, with swearing instead of the singing. The DVD contains both the R-rated theatrical release and the unrated version – there is little difference between the two but the unrated has some unedited scenes and a bit more potty-mouth (especially when Kristin Wiig enters the picture).
Pegg and Frost play Graeme and Clive, two sci-fi geeks who have gone on holiday to the US to attend Comic-con and travel the Extraterrestrial Highway of the South West (it is real, you can Google it). They plan to take in all the sites – Area 51, the Black Mail Box, etc – but their plans are literally sideswiped when they have their own close encounter with Paul, a smart-alec, bird-eating, slacker of an alien who is on the run from the Feds; one of whom is played by the tightly-lipped and droll Jason Bateman. Over 300 animators brought the CG alien to near-life, and Seth Rogen gives him voice with heavy doses of sarcasm and swearing. There are homages to every sci-fi flick you can imagine but only a true aficionado will be likely to pick up on them all unless one listens to the DVD commentary on the theatrical version. There are as many celebrity cameos as there are sci-fi winks (that really is Stephen Spielberg’s voice), and the soundtrack by David Arnold takes you from a gentle cross-country landscape to suspenseful to zany in nanoseconds. There is profanity, some gore, and a lot of crudeness, but Paul is a funny little grey man, and Pegg and Frost are masters of understated comedy. I do not know how I missed seeing this at the theatre; it must be the ultimate sleeper movie hit of 2011. And I’m sorry if you liked the X-Files, but apparently Agent Mulder was Paul’s idea…