Before I tell you about the kind of movie “Paul” is, there are some things I need to point out. First thing is that a lot of people got excited over this movie when they saw Simon Pegg and Nick Frost because they thought it would be like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but the only thing similar between those movies and this one is the stars and that they are spoofing a certain type of film. The key component missing is the director Edgar Wright, who is not the director of this movie. The thing to remember is to not go into this movie thinking it’s going to be Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, because it’s not even remotely like them.
Paul is directed by Greg Mottola and follows two British nerds named Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost), who are on a road trip to see all the famous UFO related area around the U.S., but come across an alien named Paul (Voiced by Seth Rogen) who is on the run from the government as he tries to find his way home. Paul is genuinely funny for the most part, besides the some of the jokes that they felt they had to do hundreds of times to stay funny. I was one of the people who thought having Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in this would make it tons more entertaining, but they are just there to make scenes awkward or gay and just aren’t as good as they usually are. I liked the characters in this, but Pegg and Frost were a little too nerdy, the side characters get really annoying at times, and Paul is just Seth Rogan playing a smaller, greener Seth Rogan. Another problem was that the only reason this got an R rating was so each of the characters could begin and end every sentence with constant cursing and so they could talk about how awesome it is to have three boobs.
It does a great job at referencing and spoofing basically every alien movie out there from Aliens to E.T, including cameos from Sigourney Weaver and Steven Spielberg. I really enjoyed Paul as a character becuase of the new spin they put on the personality of alien as they make him a rude, smart ass, stoner or Seth Rogen for those of you who don’t know what that’s like. I don’t like the fact that Pegg and Frost aren’t really the main characters, but more of side characters whose personalities aren’t really that well developed, which can only be blamed on the writers: Pegg and Frost.
Overall, Paul is a good film, but my expectations were a lot higher and it disappointed me. I wasn’t crazy about it, but it still had a lot of funny scenes that overshadowed some of the bad recurring jokes that go on the entire film, and by the end you would have heard something about being gay, three boobs, or pointless cursing about a hundred times. The film is short and good film to watch with friends, but it seems to be very forgettable and not even close to Pegg and Frost’s better work.