Paul (Unrated)

7.01 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
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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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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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Bootradr / COMMSCANReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, Great Blu-ray Quality
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If you haven't seen the movie, it's probably not what you would expect. It's actually a very funny, well written, and well-acted show with a variety of sci-fi pop culture in it. I think most anybody who gets it will enjoy it. It is unique in its own way and yet there's a lot of stereotypical scenarios with I feel like better acting that makes the movie a hidden gem. I'm not sure how it did at the box office because I never heard of it until I saw it on cable a few years ago. And I was pleasantly and happily entertained and surprised by it.

The video quality seems to be great and the Blu-ray audio also sounded well rounded throughout the show. The dialogue is easily heard and understood and the surround sound noises are present in a lot of various scenes with things like explosions, gunshots, vehicle accidents, and noise inside of places like a store, bar, restaurant, etc.

I had seen the movie years ago and something on TV had reminded me of it recently so I looked on Amazon and ordered it. I wanted to get the uncompressed quality audio/video that you can't get, or I guess I should say don't get, through streaming services or cable. If you have a surround sound setup at your place of viewing, you should try the high quality Blu-ray version for a much more full and enjoyable experience.

While the movie doesn't have any nudity or horribly graphic scenes, it does have a certain amount of profanity. It's not constant or all of the time. But it is definitely throughout the show. The actors really do great jobs of playing their roles and I think they will hopefully be seen in future shows. Hopefully there will be a follow-up to Paul one day. I think a Part 2 would work pretty good if it had the same actors. It's definitely a movie I'll be watching again in the future so I'm glad I purchased it...
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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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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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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RJ TocaReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Yo f***nuts! It's probing time."
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I feel like Paul has gotten a bad rap. It coasted in and out of theaters, under the radar, and even now on Blu-ray, not many people are talking about it. It was very well advertised, but the continuous ads didn't seem to get the job done. I've heard quite a few times that it's not as good as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's other two films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, due simply to the lack of director Edgar Wright. That may not necessarily be true. I'm a huge fan of all three of those guys. I love, and own, both Shaun and Fuzz (as well as other films in their filmography), but I'll go out on a limb and say that I think Paul has slightly more rewatchability than both. I know that I'm in the vast minority, but it's just my opinion. It's not quite as all around solid as the other two, but I like it just as much, if not more. And let's be fair, Pegg and Frost wrote it with the same geeky appreciation that they wrote the other two. So it's along the same lines. Edgar Wright is a magnificent director, but his lack of presence did not hurt this film as much as it has been made out.

Greg Mottola has made a couple of my favorite teen films, Superbad and Adventureland, so I was happy to see him work with Pegg and Frost. From what I saw in the extras, they were all happy to work with each other as well, but I guess that doesn't say much. What I liked most about Mottola's other films, Superbad and Adventureland, was the Indie feeling that they had. Paul has the same feeling. It has a meek subtlety within the character interactions that contrasts with the kick ass action set pieces, that are very well filmed by the way. I'm also a huge Science Fiction geek, not to mention a Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Bill Hader fan. Sigourney Weaver also lends herself to a great cameo, which may have a bit of heavy handed dialog, but still works. So needless to say, this one was more than up my alley. I'm both proud, and ashamed to admit that I got every reference in the movie. The homages, or rip-offs, depending on who you ask, are endless.

Everything from the regulars, like Star Wars and Star Trek, to the more obscure Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey are referred to throughout the course of Paul. Even Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings, and a couple other non-Sci-fi flicks get brief winks. But this is essentially an homage to 70-80's Steven Spielberg. As for the characters, they drove it home for me. Of course Simon Pegg and Nick Frost brought their usual charm and comedic timing. Seth Rogen was also his usual persona. Let's just say that Paul is like E.T.'s bad older friend from down the street. He's rude, crude, and obnoxious, but this time around, his character is given a sense of heart amidst the vulgarity and foul language. He really grew on me throughout the course of the film. Not to mention, this is the best, and most slim he's ever going to look. So all you who couldn't fathom him being a crime fighter, or the lucky guy who had a one-nighter with Katherine Heigl, take comfort in the fact that he's not that repulsingly ugly in this one.

Everyone was good, but the real show-stealer (or show-thief?) was Kristen Wiig. She was funny all the way through, and Bill Hader was a treat as well. Wiig and Hader are the only reasons I still muster up the strength to watch SNL these days, now that Will Forte is no longer on. It's really a shame that they had so little confidence in this movie that they went and spoiled the cameos by Jane Lynch and Sigourney Weaver in the trailers. Actually, they spoil the cameos in just about every movie nowadays, so confidence probably had nothing to do with it. It bothers me, but I guess that's what puts butts in seats. The transfer is yet another top notch release by Universal. I'm no expert, but detail, colors and everything along those lines was great. It's not quite perfect, but I have no major complaints, and the audio kicks ass as well. I know that's not much of a critique, but like I said, it's top notch. The extras are pretty good as well. There is a fun Making Of featurette (about 40 minutes), as well as a collection of smaller featurettes (around 63 minutes), in addition to a commentary, blooper reel, and other unimportant suppliments. All in all, Paul is a fun little heartfelt comedy, and a solid Blu-ray release. I recommend it to everyone, but I highly recommend it to fans of Sci-fi.
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kimberleeleeReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ugh. Skip it.
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Love Sean of the Dead and a few other Simon Pegg classics, but this was disappointing. At this point I have a zero tolerance policy for Bro comedies that rely primarily on "we're not gay, we're just friends" jokes and dick jokes. Kristen Wigg was enjoyable, but pretty much everything else (despite promising casting in Jason Bateman and the original alien-hunter herself, Sigourney Weaver), including the high action scenes, was really just achingly boring. Sigourney's character was especially underwhelming and 2-dimensional.
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