Greetings!

Hello again, hows the wife and kids?  Some of you aren’t married or have kids?  OK, no probs, anyway, hows things? Good? Hope so!

Anyway, down to business.  This time around, I’m here with a movie review and yes, its an English movie, well, it’s made by an English company, but it’s set in America.

I’m talking about Paul, a comedy written by the duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, two English comedians/actors who have written two good movies together already, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

As with those two movies, Pegg and Frost also star in the movie, with, in my opinion Pegg looking like a goatee bearded David Spade.

Simon Pegg plays Graeme Willy with Nick Frost playing “The Author” Clive Gollings.  They are two English ‘nerds’ who go to Comic-Con in San Diego before going on a road trip to visit the UFO hot spots, including a trip to Area 51 in Nevada.

However on the way they end up meeting Paul, an alien (voiced by Seth Rogan, he of Superbad/Knocked Up/Green Hornet fame) from another world, who happens to be on the run from the US Government and needs help in getting to his destination.

So Grame and Clive continue their road trip with Paul as passenger, along the way they also pick up Ruth, a honest Christian girl who doesn’t believe in anything other than God and his work until she meets Paul.

They get chased by a ‘Man in black’ Agent Zoil (Jason Batemen) and two inept FBI agents, Haggard (Bill Hader) and O’Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio).  Of course Zoil being an MIB, he can’t tell the FBI who or what he’s chasing.  Zoil is instructed by his female boss who we see at the end of the movie, but I won’t say who it is as it would give a good joke away.

The movie itself has a lot of ‘nerd’ jokes and Sci Fi references in it, for example when Graeme, Clive and Ruth go into a redneck bar, the band are playing the Cantina music from Star Wars.  For those who aren’t up on Star Wars, the Cantina Music is the music played when Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi first meet Han Solo and Chewbacca in the first Star Wars movie from 1977.  (Man, I’m such a closet nerd!)

Other Sci Fi shows and movies are referenced too, one of which shows Paul gave the idea for to some guy called Steven Spielberg who did a movie about some alien who had a glowing fingertip!  Another is their recreation of  ‘that fight scene’ from Star Trek, just go to Youtube and type “Bad Star Trek Fight Scene” for the original version.

If your up on your Sci-Fi knowledge then I suggest you go see the movie at the cinema, if not, wait for the DVD and make sure you have a Sci-Fi nerd with you to ask any questions of gags/references you might see or if your nerd mate starts laughing, you can ask why!

This movie is well worth watching though, plenty of gags, a good flowing story but don’t see this movie if your easily offended by swearing, there’s lots of it and personally I laughed my socks off at it, yes, I’m one of these people who thinks swearing is funny! 🙂

But in all,  a good movie, definitely recommend it, 4/5!

I would have given it full marks if the movie was more appealing to families, in the UK the movie is a 15 certificate for Strong language and some drug reference/use.  In the US its rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use

I’m sure Paul would have been a hit with kids but he’s still pretty cool to all us nerds out there.  And if you want to know why he’s called Paul… he’s named after a dog, but you’ll have to see the movie to find out why.  I’m not really one for lots of spoilers 🙂

Till next time, have yourselves a good ‘un!


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