Now on DVD: Paul

In Movies on August 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

by: Mary Coan

If you’re like me (and I know I am), you’re a bit lazy and a bit cheap. Now, not so much as to really damage your relationships or social skills, but enough to be so far behind the proverbial Joneses that they refer to your lifestyle as “the Stone Age.” So what exactly am I getting at here? The name of my game is waiting for movies to come to video (it’s always good to save money!). The movie in question, one that has recently graced the shelves of video rental shops everywhere, is the adorably funny Paul.

Paul, which was released to theatres on March 18, is a must-rent. This is assuming, of course, that you didn’t cough up the $9 to see it 5 months ago. I know I didn’t. But you’ll want to see this slightly-adolescent comedy from the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Especially now that it’s only $3 and you can watch it as many times as you like in a 24-hour period.

Here’s the breakdown. Paul (Seth Rogen, the Green Hornet) is an alien. Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost, Pirate Radio) are: best friends, British, and attending Comic-Con and then hitting the “alien hotspots” of the American Southwest. They find Paul the alien. Hijinks ensue. Of course, the entire 104-minute experience isn’t quite so unromantic and plain. It is crude, it is filthy, and it is funny. I mean f-u-n-n-y funny. Emphasis on the f-u (yep, that kind of humor). And watch out for the shout-outs to the old Star Trek and Star Wars films – not to mention Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. If you’ve brushed up on your old-school sci-fi movies recently, you will be rewarded.

The plot itself is very cute – of course, befriending an alien isn’t as simple as it sounds – but the humor is definitely catered to a certain crowd. If you’re not a fan of expletives, creative cursing, sexual jokes, or anything in the slightest bit immature, you’ll have a hard time keeping your eyes from rolling out of your head while watching this one. If, however, you’ve got a fiendishly childish alter ego, you’ll giggle at such gems as, “Fuck-a-roo, that was the best titty-fartin’ sleep I have ever had.” It’s like the first time you tried swearing with your friends; the actual phrases don’t always make sense, but they’re fun to say and fun to hear.

Thanks to the star-studded cast – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristin Wiig, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, and even a brief stint with Jane Lynch – this movie goes from ‘I could have written this nonsense!’ to hilarious. No, your sides won’t ache with laughter, but you’ll look back and you won’t regret the time you spent watching Paul. But be prepared: you’ll have an awfully hard time not quoting it in inappropriate situations.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars.



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