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March 18, 2011

Nick Frost & Simon Pegg's Paul

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Fugitive. Celebrity. Slacker. Joker. Paul. While Edgar Wright was off making Scott Pilgrim, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg teamed up to not only write the script but also star in Paul, directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). The adventure begins at the San Diego Comic-Con and takes them to Area 51, where they pick up an actual talking alien named Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen. Was it actually funny? How is the comedy? Is Rogen amusing as the wacky alien or do Pegg and Frost run the show? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of Paul!

To fuel the fire, I enjoyed Paul, it's a lot of fun and packed full of tons of great geek references, from classic sci-fi films to Comic-Con and everything in-between. Pegg and Frost are awesome and I even enjoyed Rogen as Paul. In fact, he was my favorite character, as I thought Pegg and Frost tried a bit too hard to be too geeky (there's a weird thing with them being perceived as gay that gets a little old). I don't think it was as good as it could've been, and the script goes to some odd places. There's a lot of religious context that I liked hearing (especially from Paul), but it felt as if the bigger ideas were toned down to make room for more commercial humor, which I don't enjoy as much. I hate to use this cliche, but it works perfect here: good, but not great.

What did you think of Paul? Hilarious sci-fi-nerd-comedy smorgasbord or an unfunny mess?
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Reader Feedback - 52 Comments

1

agreed, i liked it but it wasn't as good as i hoped it would be

Jericho on Mar 19, 2011

2

I thought the movie was great. 8/10. Me and my friend spent a lot of time laughing and talking about the references they made well after we had left the theater. I walked into it with some expectations and walked out with all of them met and more. If you're a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost this is a must see movie and even if you're new to the comedy duo I still recommend this movie 100%.

Josh on Mar 19, 2011

3

Good overall, but not as adventuress as I thought it would be. Only time I've liked Seth Rogan in a role. Pretty funny movie.

one on Mar 19, 2011

4

Nothing goes better with the classic team of Pegg and Frost with a side of Rogan 9/10 Great Movie!!

RAMROD on Mar 19, 2011

5

I Have Seen The Film 3 Times Already And Love It. There Are So Many In Jokes That You Need To See It More Than Once To Catch Them All. I Give It 8 out of 10.

Movieman23 on Mar 19, 2011

6

The movie just came out and you've already seen it three times? Find that very hard to believe.

cougar on Mar 19, 2011

7

In Reply To Cougar, I don't Live In The US, so I Have Seen It 3 Times.

Movieman23 on Mar 19, 2011

8

Does it not take you longer to type a sentence in taking the time to capitalize Every Single Word?

Nick S. on Mar 19, 2011

9

HEY NICK S, GET A LIFE BUDDY. PEOPLE ARE DYING ALL ROUND THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT AND YOU ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS TRUELY PATHETIC.

Movieman on Mar 20, 2011

10

Camel Casing Dude, its a Special Kind of Signature. (Although I'm taking a lItlle lIberty hEre) ;o)

Dr.duvel on Mar 20, 2011

11

It's also been in the internet for quite awhile.

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011

12

We saw the movie back on valentines day in scotland. I thought it was a great search into the human psychy. Of course that brings with it many levels of humor. I being an atheist believed it to mock religion. I suppose there could be other views on this. I also believed it mocked many other sacred cows.

pro on Mar 19, 2011

13

I agree, I am glad I wasn't the only one that caught that, it seemed to pick on Christianity the most.

Frysucks on Mar 19, 2011

14

doesn't that get old though? Every film I've seen that mocks religion especially Christianity seems to portray them as absolute psycho's, and vice versa.

Anonymous on Mar 19, 2011

15

...more like lost confused sheep than psychopaths.

Nick S. on Mar 19, 2011

16

just saw it yesterday once again you made me vary happy thanks to you I still have a job love you nick and Simon.

Lonniequint on Mar 19, 2011

17

loved it, much more vulgar than i anticipated. read this imdb forum i found where people were posting all the movie references. it's insane! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092026/board/thread/178318709

Bubbatwo420 on Mar 19, 2011

18

Great... Seth Rogan steals the show and is tolerable, possibly even likeable. The only real con is an abundance of swearing, which gets kind of tiring by the end.

BDoggy96 on Mar 19, 2011

19

I was going to go see this movie. What do you people think. Good?

Shawn Guse on Mar 19, 2011

20

I liked it, i give it 3 out of 5 stars http://casey-carroll.blogspot.com

Casey Carroll on Mar 19, 2011

21

oh yea, well I gave it 7.53 out of 9.12 stars!!

Stinkyballz on Mar 21, 2011

22

It was not as funny as I thought it would be, however it was entertaining and geared a little silly. Unnecessary language. Too much I thought. I would give it a 2 1/2 star out of five rating.

Darrell on Mar 20, 2011

23

meh i had some fuckers talking the entire movie so that kinda ruined it. but what i did catch was just alright

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011

24

bummer dude. Should have gotten up early; that AM showing I was at only cost five bucks and was empty... and I got a free movie voucher because it started 20 minutes late. Which I shall promptly use for harry potter 3d imax. hah! but to voice my opinion of the movie: meh.

crumb on Mar 20, 2011

25

dont ya hate that? dumbasses who have to be loud in public to get attention and ruin your good time

Stinkysack on Mar 21, 2011

26

As a sci-fi geek I loved it. I loved all the "inside jokes" throughout the movie. As for the anti-Christian dialog and portrayals...I hate that kinda stuff. It really had no place in the movie. But I've come to expect that kinda thing from Hollywood. Just thought I'd never see it from Pegg and Frost. I give it a 7/10. It could've been 9/10 but the Christian bashing brought it down.

WhatFunIsThere on Mar 20, 2011

27

Thought it was pretty funny... but the Christian bashing brought it from a 6 to a 10

Savage on Mar 20, 2011

28

Sad.

Anonymous on Mar 22, 2011

29

oh get over yourselves. Christian bashing is all in good fun. You don't like it because it singled out your kind. something your not used to. Atheist and minority religions have to deal with your self righteous crap all the time. we can't walk a two blocks in any direction and find a church with our similar views to shelter us from those goddamn x-tian bashers!!!!!!!!

RustyShackleford on Mar 22, 2011

30

Hahahaha!!! I love how Christian-bashers love to paint Christians as uneducated bumpkins.Β  Especially when they write sentences like "something your not used to." and "we can't walk a two blocks in any direction..." Nice.Β  Way to prove your intellectual superiority.

Kramer M on Sep 18, 2011

31

What else can you expect. Hollywood is run by Jews. I can forgive them making fun of the backwards ways of religious "Christians", who I regard as being nothing but cultists, but disregarding the Scriptures altogether, no way. I'm not set against the postulation that there are other life supporting planets out there full of people, but that doesn't mean there isn't a God. I mean, as big as the universe is, there is likely to be something like Earth out there somewhere else. But I find the scientists' "theories" about the beginning of the universe to be wild, nonsensical crap. You can't believe we came from intelligent design, but you can believe that all of this just exploded out of nothing without explaining how, and then, somehow, chaos became order, single cellular organisms began to form and evolved over millions of years into complex, bipedal, thinking, speaking organisms with opinions about how it all came to be?

JL on Mar 22, 2011

32

The question here is does this movie was better than Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead ? .. For me it was not .. Maybe because I always wanted to see both Pegg and Frost dealing with the events alone .. It was just classic like laurel and hardy .. and giving Paul a role in their level just ruin the classic !! Again .. It was a good movie .. but not as the previews once they were in alone !! Even I watched Shaun of the Dead many times and Paul just once but still I will watch Shaun of the Dead if they make me choose between both movies !! πŸ˜‰ In the end one more thing to be mentioned : Good 3d character .. nice modeling and animation .. so realistic .. and the entire CGI were good too ... Good work by Double Negative and Spectral Motion companies .

shero on Mar 20, 2011

33

Just to be clear, this does not have to do with Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Paul is not the third of the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, just an idea from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It was posted here months ago that Edgar Wright had nothing to do with this and that the third in that trilogy will be done later, so it will not be fair to make comparisons in this department. There will definitely be huge differences because of the different directors, and I don't think these lines should be crossed.

Ravek019 on Mar 21, 2011

34

First of all which lines you are talking about who I should not cross ? πŸ˜‰ And it is obvious and we know it is not directed by Edgar Wright .. and finally it is my choice and freedom to compare movies as I like ! Specially when the movies been written by Simon Pegg too ... and the three movies are with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ... and they are comedy too ... for me those are enough reasons to compare these three movies ? After all I just wrote about my opinion and the reason I did is I like those two and this movie was not that big deal as the previous one !! .. I mentioned it was good !! but not good enough to reach the level of the previews two movies !! .. And I never said it was a trilogy ..!! I just wished to see them make another movie with them as main characters because they don't need the third one in their movie ... That is all ! Thanks for threatening me to not cross the line .... I am sure there is a bomb or landmine some where !! πŸ˜‰ Take care

shero on Mar 21, 2011

35

what are you doing writing a book??

Stinkyvag on Mar 21, 2011

36

Why ? You don't have an answer ? Next time think before you threaten anyone .. crossing line he said !!! πŸ™‚

shero on Mar 21, 2011

37

Relax, he didn't mean you were, and should not be, crossing a line. He didn't draw a "line in the sand." He was saying that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are one line, and Paul is another line, and nary the two should cross. Perhaps he wasn't clear enough, but I understood what he meant. I'm questioning your understanding of the English language (no offense intended.) By the way, I'm not saying you don't have a right to compare those three films. After all, they do have common factors. I'm just trying to clarify what I see as a misunderstanding.

JL on Mar 22, 2011

38

Thanks for the explanation .. I am not an American or even Englishman .. But I believe I am doing good with the English ... Other wise I will not be able to write for more than 3 years in this site .. and many more .. ! However .. I believe some times some people are using these sites to sell their movies .. And what they do is just showing the good stuff .. But nothing about the mistakes or the wrong in the movie ! And it happens many times to just see some people are just fighting by words to prove their movie is great and there is nothing wrong about it .. When we all know that is not the truth .. And that is what I thought and still think about his reply here for me .. because I didn't do anything wrong and as you said we have the right to compare what movies we want specially in this case were we have many common factors .. Thanks once more for your help and I hoped he had a big heart and clarify what he meant ... and I am sorry if in anyway hurt some one by my replies and comment .. All I am trying to do is giving enough good and true information based on facts and proves to let movie lovers be careful what they will spend their money for .. Nothing ells πŸ˜‰

shero on Mar 22, 2011

39

http://movies.ign.com/articles/115/1156585p1.html Way off topic but I figured id post it since FS doesnt have this up yet, maybe u can source the link for a post or something but JGL is Alberto Falcone in TDKR.

Cody W. on Mar 20, 2011

40

7/10

Nick S. on Mar 20, 2011

41

ok I think we've heard enough from you

Stinkyfinga on Mar 21, 2011

42

Funny movie - mixes Sci-fi, Frost and Pegg. Weaver is deliciously over-the-top evil. Never did like Seth Rogan but liked him in this.

J Madahar on Mar 20, 2011

43

I thought that it was a very funny (and geeky) film. I quite enjoyed it. On a side note, I think there were a lot of parents, who did not check the film's rating (and were fooled by Paul's cartoonish look), that took their kids to the film thinking it was a kiddie film. I even overheard one mother telling her kids afterwards that the film was not what she expected it to be. I doubt the kids were too scarred by the film, but I do think that parents should be a bit more educated about what they take their kids to.

Sean Kelly on Mar 21, 2011

44

I will never waste my $$$ on ANYTHING Rogen is in, or has anything to do with. NEVER!

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

45

Agree with you .. He is maybe a little bit funny for others but for me he is really boring ... and most of his movies are just lame ... And most thing I hate about him is the use and the back up he depend on in his jokes, movies and even normal speech : Marijuana and soft drugs as a symbol to make more fans.. because he is sure he can't do it alone with his ability of acting and comedy .. !! But in this movie it is deference.. because there is Pegg and Frost and they made the movie look good ... again not as good as their previews movies together but again it is not bad movie ... And the good thing here.. you can't see Rogen but a creature who is more beautiful than him but again his voice is there ... πŸ˜‰ In the end you are not paying to see Rogen .. but to see Pegg and Frost too + Good CGI + Just the voice of Rogen πŸ˜‰

shero on Mar 21, 2011

46

stop typing!!! cripes!!!!

Stinkytoe on Mar 21, 2011

47

Is this all what you can type ? cripes ? Is this all what you came with ? πŸ™‚ Good for you

shero on Mar 21, 2011

48

Nice job shero. The mere fact Rogen is such an insecure "actor" is obvious with everything he is in. The target demorgraphic for this Hack is 12 to 14 year old males who actually think he is funny....which is sad when you think about it. The abombination that was "Observe and Report II: The Green Hornet" was the last straw for me. I like Pegg and Frost but alas....I cannot go anywhere near this.

Anonymous on Mar 22, 2011

49

I again Agree with you .. He is just ruining everything .. and hope he can change his style and be more respectful about what he do .. because I can't feel he even care doing a good movie or show a bit good acting in his movies ... He is just look always high and somewhere ells and his voice is really annoying too .. who in hell cast him for being Paul's voice ? Big mistake . In the end it is your choice to see this movie or not .. But I believe for the respect of Pegg and Frost it must be watched .. maybe not in Cinema but as a rental after months from now .. Best wishes πŸ˜‰

shero on Mar 22, 2011

50

I liked it, but I thought Seth Rogen's voice was much too recognizable and became distracting. I stopped seeing the CG alien and started to see Seth instead - haha!

Mostskillz on Mar 21, 2011

51

haven't laughed this much in a while

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