Who's up for a close encounter?
Who's up for a close encounter?
PAUL (15)
D: Greg Mottola
Universal/Relativity Media/Working Title (Nira Park, Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner)
US/UK 2011
104 mins

Comedy/Science Fiction

W: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
DP: Lawrence Sher
Ed: Chris Dickens
Mus: David Arnold

Simon Pegg (Graeme Willy), Nick Frost (Clive Gollings), Jason Bateman (Agent Lorenzo Zoil), Kristen Wiig (Ruth Buggs), Seth Rogen (voice of Paul)

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost team up once again, but this isn't one of their Cornetto Trilogy movies (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End), so it should come to much surprise that it's not quite as enjoyable or funny as the comedy partnerships usual repertoire. Seemingly this is squarely aimed at an American audience whereas their other films catered mainly for an English sense of humour (which isn't to say it's not also appreciated on the other side of the Atlantic). 

The rather low-key story sees the two playing a pair of tourists on a road trip with a stoner alien in tow.

There's some smart in-jokes to science fiction and Spielberg movies and it was a miniature stroke of inspiration to cast Seth Rogen as the voice of the pot-smoking, foul-mouthed alien. 


Nick Frost & Simon Pegg in Paul
Nick Frost & Simon Pegg in Paul