Fan boys Simon Pegg and Nick Frost not only co-star but also wrote the script for Paul and their obvious love for the sci-fi genre simply slaps you in the face almost every minute of the movie.
Sci-fi uber-geeks, Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost), set off on a road trip to explore famous alien sightings across America where they happen to stumble upon the foul mouthed fugitive alien, Paul (voiced brilliantly by Seth Rogen). Pursued by federal agents and the religiously fanatical father of (accidental) female kidnap victim Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), the film keeps up the pace, with plenty of action and laughs. Though all the cast are brilliant, for me and the geeks this movie is aimed at, the true star is the script and the many references to sci-fi movies and TV shows. I don’t think I got half the references but included are Aliens, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, E.T., Star Trek and of course, Star Wars.
However you don’t have to be a sci-fi nerd to enjoy Paul. With plenty of gay and anal probing gags, there’s enough jokes to keep even a non sci-fi movie goer laughing throughout. The special effects are mostly excellent and Pegg’s and Frost’s interactions with Paul are very believable.
Despite losing the British charm that permeated Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and with some predictable plot threads, this funny road movie about alien bromance is truly genius. And I defy anyone not to laugh at the big joke at the end.