Saturday, August 27, 2011

Paul (2011)

Stars - Simon Pegg
          Nick Frost
         Seth Rogen
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Summary: Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.(via imdb). 
When Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get together and make a movie about something they have a passion for, it's a safe bet the funny will follow. Throw in the director of Superbad and Adventureland, and it goes one notch higher. Add to this enticing mix a soupcon of Seth Rogen and bake (literally for Rogen) and you have a comedic slice of fried gold. 
The movie makes the best use of all its bit players, especially standouts Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig and a slew of people and references from other alien encounter movies. Different musical cues and lines fly by homaging everything form the cute and cuddly (E.T.) to monster aliens (Aliens). Some of the cameos are absolutely pitch and note perfect. As the movie says, you'll know them when you see them. Wiig's religious nut who breaks out of her strictly controlled, Jesus is everything, Darwin be damned world is hilarious, and sometimes outshines the whole lot.
Infinitely watchable and enjoyable every minute, Paul will undoubtedly become the kind of movie men quote tirelessly and watch repeatedly. Especially the nerds amongst us who see themselves in a lot of the action.

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