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comedy, sci-fi & fantasy

Take an insane road trip with two sci-fi geeks and a smart-ass alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) in the Unrated version of Paul, the outrageous comedy adventure from the director of Superbad.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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Cheerfully dumb sci-fi comedy has sex, drug humor.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi comedy from the director of Superbad isn't quite as raunchy as the hit teen comedy, though characters swear constantly (including many uses of "f--k" and "s--t") and exchange incessant sexual innuendoes. The main characters are generally well-meaning people, but the movie celebrates iffy behavior -- from pot smoking to getting drunk to making fun of other people. There's also some mild violence, including a comical bar fight and a sci-fi shootout that's played for laughs. While younger teens might be drawn in by the movie's story and themes, its content isn't age appropriate for them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the alien, Paul. It seems like he understands the secret of life, but he also smokes cigarettes and pot, drinks, swears, and behaves badly. What kind of a role model is he? Do you think we're meant to see him positively or negatively?
  • Do you consider this kind of comedy "over the top"? Why? What other movies and TV shows have a similar comedy style? Do you think there's danger here if a viewer doesn't understand the comedy on that level?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fresh: The CGI alien is very well articulated, and Rogen is a virtuoso at mixing motormouthed rudeness with a hint of tenderness to take off the edge.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Monday, March 21, 2011

Fresh: While Frost is particularly well-cast, most of the actors seem to be having fun. You will, too, as long as you arrive with lowered expectations.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Friday, March 18, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Full review coming soon.

- danperry17, Sunday, March 17, 2013

4 stars

With an all-star cast including: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, and many, many more, you cannot go wrong with this amazingly clever road trip/extra-terrestrial film! Paul is a comedy rip-off of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and pays tribute to all great sci-fi films as the movie progresses. Throwing in original comedy for a change, Paul is a fantastic laugh piece that I will remember for years to come. This may quite possibly be the best film of this short year, which is funny, because comedy it sort of stealing the show in 2011 at the moment. Paul is rip-roaring fun and everyone should see it!

- fb733768972, Sunday, June 16, 2013

3 stars

Seth Rogen brilliantly brings life to the CGI alien character with plenty of enthusiasm. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost also play their roles very well, bringing light heartedness to the dark, aggresive alien character making this an exciting hysterical film. However, it is not Simon and Nick's best work as I fell their was a slight "americanisation! to its plotline despite the mentioning of "tea" in britian.

- aquateen2, Friday, October 28, 2011