“Paul” is about what life would be like if you could enjoy Seth Rogen’s wit without looking at his stupid face.
“Paul” stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Graeme(Really, that’s how they decided to spell it?) and Colin, an artist and a writer who love science fiction. Graeme and Colin are, well, they’re exactly what you think of when you think of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. They’re touring America and hitting all the big alien hotspots when they run across an actual alien. It’s kind of like “Chasing Amy” except no one tries to have sex with the alien.
(Think about it…)
My biggest problem with “Paul” is that it doesn’t do anything new. “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” were parodies of genres, but they both brought something new with them. “Shaun of the Dead” was one of the first really good zom-coms and “Hot Fuzz” focused on some of the more menial aspects of law enforcement. “Paul” isn’t really a parody of alien buddy movies. It’s more of an alien buddy movie for adults. (Although I use the term adult liberally.) Think “Mac and Me” meets “Tommy Boy” or “A Gnome Named Gnorm”(You’re welcome Anthony Michael Hall.) meets “Pineapple Express.”
There are fart and weed jokes, a running joke about how three tits would be awesome(but we learned that in Total Recall) and even a character that learns cursing is ok and proceeds to do so constantly. There are a few funny moments. Jane Lynch shows up doing her schtick that hasn’t quite gotten stale yet and Jeffrey “Hey Now!” Tambor is great as popular science fiction author. Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio show up as law enforcement agents trying to chase down the Paull; I really like all those guys, but they weren’t used well here.
I found myself wanting to hate this movie, but I just couldn’t. Things play out exactly how you know they will, but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are just fun to watch work together. I’d like to say nap through it, but I have to go Doze Off.