Paul (Unrated)

6.91 h 49 min2011X-Ray13+
Take an insane road trip with two sci-fi geeks and a smart-ass alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) in the Unrated version of Paul, the outrageous comedy adventure from the director of Superbad.
Greg Mottola
Simon PeggNick FrostSeth Rogen
Science FictionAdventureComedy
English [CC]
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Jason BatemanKristen WiigBill HaderBlythe DannerJoe Lo TruglioJohn Carroll LynchJane LynchDavid KoechnerJesse PlemonsSigourney WeaverJeffrey TamborSteven Spielberg
Nira ParkTim BevanEric Fellner
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Jeff H.Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still one of my favorites
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I've seen this movie countless times and it's just as fun each time. There is some language and 'situations' that would keep me from letting under 13 year old children (or so) from seeing it, but nothing over the top (aside from a Seth Rogen voiced alien from another planet that is hitching a ride with two British comic nerds to escape the government so he can make it home). I actually badly want a Paul 2 to be made but I have seen no indication that one is forthcoming. All the characters are likable, Seth Rogen does a fantastic job as the voice of Paul and there is even a little plot twist or two to keep it interesting.

It's not going to win any awards, there's not amazing performances here nor is there any deep subplots such that you need to take notes on in order to follow along.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Road trip with an alien
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This movie brought together Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). The two went to Comic-Con in San Diego and then took an RV drive to see famous UFO sites in the southwest when they run into Paul (Seth Rogen) an alien.

The movie goes through all the stereotypes about aliens like probes, abduction, secret government agents, etc. Unfortunately it’s not that funny. It’s more like a buddy road trip with some jokes here and there. That doesn’t make it bad, but it’s not as good as previous Pegg and Frost collaborations.
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Hande ZReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
One for the road
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This is a souped-up, turbo-charged version of ET. It is action-packed, fast-paced, hilarious, and full of vulgarities, but mostly coming from Ruth Buggers (played by the charming Kristen Wiig) they somehow don't seem offensive. Perhaps it's the reason why she changed from an evangelical, sweet, daughter of a trailer park owner to the filth spewing liberated woman.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost shows us how British comedy works. The trio of Pegg, Frost, and Wiig have their humour contrasted with the serious, alien hunter, Zoil (played by Jason Bateman), who, in turn, is assisted by two dim-witted special agents (played by Bill Hader and Joe Truglio). Sigourney Weavor has a small but important role as 'The Big Guy'. There is a twist at the end of the film, and the clue is in 'Lorenzo's Oil'. Very amusing, very entertaining.
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JWolfReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Third-Eye-Opening Encounter
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OVERVIEW: The 2011 science-fiction/comedy, “Paul,” was directed by Greg Mottola and co-written by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Seth Rogen. Inspired by their mutual adoration for Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Pegg and Frost first conceived the premise for “Paul” while on the set of “Shaun of the Dead” in 2003. “Paul” allowed its creators the opportunity to incorporate numerous references from their favorite sci-fi movies. Steven Spielberg, himself, makes a cameo appearance in the film during a “flashback to the 80s” scene; his voice is heard discussing ideas for the upcoming release of “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,” retroactively insinuating that Paul, the alien, was the actual inspiration for E.T. The film has been received positively by critics and audiences alike; it currently holds a 71% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Personally, I wouldn’t count “Paul” among its writers’ best or funniest works (I’d name “Hot Fuzz as #1), but I do think it fits in well with Pegg and Frost’s previous comedies. What sets “Paul” apart is that it utilizes a more dynamic storyline than is generally used by its creators. In some ways, the more intricate plotting grants “Paul” greater distinction and credit as a film than, say, “Shaun of the Dead,” but this element also detracts from the ‘silliness’ Pegg and Frost fans have come to expect from their movies. All-in-all, I’m happy to have “Paul” in my collection of DVDs.

STARRING ROLES: Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul, Simon Pegg as Graeme Willy, Nick Frost as Clive Gollings, Kristen Wiig as Ruth Buggs, Jason Bateman as Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil, Bill Hader as Agent Haggard, Jane Lynch as Pat Stevens, Blythe Danner as Tara Walton, Joe Lo Truglio as Agent O’Reilly, David Koechner as Gus, Sigourney Weaver as “The Big Guy,” Jeffrey Tambor as famous sci-fi writer Adam Shadowchild, and John Carroll Lynch as Moses Buggs.

SPECIAL FEATURES: (1-disc/Unrated/214-min. Run-Time/ASIN: B0050PYNP8)
▪ Filmmakers’ Commentary with Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader, and Nira Park
▪ Bloopers
▪ The Evolution of Paul
▪ Simon’s Silly Faces
▪ Who the Hell is Adam Shadowchild?
▪ Galleries and Credits

SUMMARY: For the better part of a century, the U.S. government has been holding an extraterrestrial by the name of Paul as a hostage. We learn that many of the 20th Century’s greatest technological advancements were not the products of humans at all, but were rather the fruits of Paul’s willingness to share information with his captors in exchange for being allowed to live. When Paul’s “usefulness” runs dry, the government decides to kill him in order to harvest his brain and, hopefully, discover how to incorporate some of Paul’s unique physical abilities (invisibility camouflage and healing powers) into the human genome. With the help of a friend inside the agency, Paul contacts his home planet to send a rescue ship to Earth; he flees the secret government base in a stolen vehicle.

Two British tourists, Graeme and Clive, are on an RV trip visiting some of the U.S.’s most famous ‘close-encounter’ sites. When Paul speeds past the RV, then crashes, Graeme and Clive pull over to check on the motorist. Fascinated at the chance to meet a real alien, Graeme offers Paul a ride. The trio stops for a layover at Moses Buggs’ RV park; Moses and his daughter, Ruth (who wears an eye-patch to conceal a blind eye), are devout fundamentalist Christians.

Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil arrives at the scene of Paul’s wrecked vehicle. He informs his boss, “The Big Guy,” that he’s picked up Paul’s trail; in order to resolve the matter as quickly and quietly as possible, “The Big Guy” attaches two additional agents, Haggard and O’Reilly, to the case.

While collecting the campers’ fee, Ruth engages in a heated theological debate aboard Clive and Graeme’s RV. After losing patience with Ruth’s ignorance, Paul reveals himself to her and later, via telepathy, shares his knowledge of the universe with Ruth. When Moses discovers Paul, he presumes him to be a demon and chases the campers out of the park with his shotgun. Ruth, torn between her father’s faith and knowledge of the outside world, is now along for the ride in the RV; Paul uses his healing powers to repair Ruth’s eye and, in the process, gains her trust.

The remainder of the movie centers around concealing Paul from the public, evading the agents pursuing Paul, and making it to the rendezvous point so that Paul may be rescued. There are a lot of laughs, some ‘eye-opening’ moments, and a few twists along the way, so I won’t spoil anything!
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It's That Guy PhilReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very fun, very enjoyable, plenty of clever laughs
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What a fun and enjoyable film. A friend had suggested it to me, and I recalled hearing about it years ago. We watched the unrated version. Considering the amount of swearing, it was rather cleverly and adorably (dare I say) done... meaning it had a purpose. It definitely did not sound like some cheap comedy just swearing to get attention. The whole story was very cute, the characters were fleshed out very well, and it was a fun "road trip" film all the way through. You actually cared about everyone involved. Highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted comedy.
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scottidogReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not really a kids movie
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It's pretty funny, good cast and supporting actors. The story line seems like it could almost be true, like you are watching in real time. Excellent job making Paul believable and realistic. For 7 or 8 bucks, it's worth a watch.
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ReviewerReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
AWESOME ACTION, THRILLS, COMEDY, AND HEART.....and lots of cussing.....
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I am revising my review. At first, I reviewed it with three stars because of the profuse cussing.

However, I am giving it 5 stars based on its own merit. I actually enjoy this movie very much! The more I watch it, the more I like it. I like the "unrated" version better because it has more footage and feels more complete to me. The acting and directing and writing are awesome.

Graeme and Clive the two main characters, are swept away and become fugitives with Paul, the Alien, as they end up on the run from the secret government Black Ops agents who want Paul dead! In this comedy, even the agents are not without wit and are likable to some degree. This is a great cast of characters and everything fits extremely well and the story is sequenced nice and tight. Great job!
This road adventure movie has all the thrills of a spy movie, the inspiration of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and MIB, with tons of laughs - all wrapped up in a road trip with two British Graphic Comic geeks and an Alien making it all happen.

We get a view of "America" thorugh the eyes of these two fun loving geeks as they encounter the stereo-typical redneck types throughout the movie.

The movie is cleverly written, full of laughs and excitement from one entertaining scene to the next.

I appreciate the amazing motion capture and the excellent computer graphic animation. The details of Paul, right down to the skin textures, lines, blood vessels, etc., is phenomenal. Paul is very "human like" in that he bubbles with a raw "down-to-earth" personality that challenges the frayed nerves of his sci-fi geek companions, Graeme and Clive. It is forgivable for the continuity issue of size relationship of Paul to his human friends in a particular scene (an error in size proportion of the Alien to the characters he interacts with - he is oversized in these shots at this particular scene and section of the movie), but it doesn't slow down the action and the fun-loving adventure as these lovable characters find their way to their destination.

For once, FINALLY, we have an "Alien" movie that does not portray Aliens as freaky insects, monsters, or evil beings that want to take over the world and eat peoples' brains out. Paul is approachable, friendly, and full of life, even though he is rude and disgusting at times.

It is a great movie if you can handle the uncontrolled four letter words that come up in nearly every scene. Once you get past that, it carries itself. I just wished it would have been made without all that cussing. I hope they make a tamer version of it and dub in different explicatives. Men in Black and Raiders of the Lost Ark, all the other great action movies were able to carry the movie fantastically without foul language and I hope if this movie is ever re-mixed, it would step up to the plate and make a version with a clean mouth. It would have been a good family movie too if the cussing could be knocked down a bit.
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A readerReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Trailer Has All The Jokes
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Two potty-mouthed sci-fi nerds from England, potty-mouthed Kristin Wiig, and a potty-mouthed little gray alien named Paul (with voiceover by potty-mouthed Seth Rogen) ride around the desert in an RV while being chased by bumbling, potty-mouthed secret agents intent on returning Paul to Area 51 so his brain can be sucked out for research. And there you have it.

The decision to just say the F-word every three seconds in lieu of jokes is too bad, because it's a cute idea for a movie with some clever concepts: a wise-ass alien with bad driving skills crashes his spaceship, gets picked up by the U.S. military and ends up being the source of all our stereotypes and notions about aliens on Planet Earth (except for the anal probe. Paul disavows all knowledge of that one).

PAUL has a good heart, unless you're one of those Christians who thinks the earth is 4,000 years old. And PAUL's credentials are pretty hefty, with a cast of A-list actors, plus the actual voice of Steven Spielberg as he receives sci-fi filmmaking tips from Paul. But even with all that talent, PAUL, while ostensibly a sci-fi send-up, is little more than an extended chase scene with all the predictable conventions of chase movies.

It's supposed to be a comedy, but I think I laughed twice. The trailer has all the jokes. Watch it a few times and you're good to go.
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