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Paul

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    71%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

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®

  • Tomatometer®

    71%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    61%

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

3 stars

Wonderful, witty and entertaining comedy, Paul is the latest comedy from comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. You can rest assured that you will get your money's worth. The film is very funny with great characters, good gags and the cast do a fine job. This is one of the best comedies in recent memory, and I really enjoyed the plot and I am a big fan of Pegg and Frost and they as usual deliver something special on-screen. The chemistry between the two is great and there's enough laughs here to satisfy any viewer looking for a fun, charming, comedy that is memorable. If you enjoy every other Simon Pegg film, you'll sure to enjoy this. Director Greg Mottola directs with flair and the special effects are great and Seth Rogen definitely does a fine job as the title character. There's enough effective comedy here to have a good time, and the script is peppered is with all the usual geek clichs that add to the experience. Greg Mottola does a fine job with Paul and he has made another fine comedy that is worth watching again and again. This is a terrific film that is sure to please fans of Science Fiction as much as the common comedy fan. Paul has great characters, effective dialogue and very funny scenes. I loved this film, and if you're looking for a great comedy, then give this one a shot, you'll sure to enjoy it. This is entertaining from start to finish and this is one of favorite recent comedies. Paul overcomes it's weaknesses by its cast and effective directing that works well enough to create big laughs.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 stars

Despite being constantly compared to their masterpieces 'Shaun of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', both Pegg and Frost have a film with its own perks, making 'Paul' very funny and watchable. With so many references to films, its worth a watch just for the sake of trying to spot them. With a nice cast, featuring Jason Bateman, Blythe Danner, Jane Lynch and even Sci-Fi legend, Sigourney Weaver. This cast is then topped with the superb voice acting from 'Pineapple Express's Seth Rogen. For Pegg and Frost fans, this won't top their other work, but does follow similar rules, mainly constant references to their genre. This is worth a try for all Science-Fiction fans.

- samoriley, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

3 stars

Two English comic book nerds on the road in the American mid west have a close encounter with a stranded alien and decide to help him evade capture by the sinister Men In Black who are pursuing him. The epic ongoing bromance between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost becomes an extra-terrestial menage-a-trois with the addition of Seth Rogen's chain smoking, smart mouthed E.T. in this amusing road movie from the Spaced school. Essentially a homage to John Carpenter's Starman with added dashes of Close Encounters and E.T., Paul has that easy going charm and feel good factor that most American nerd comedies completely miss; there's something much more likeable about a British geek for some reason (maybe it's just because I can relate...) Pegg and Frost play off each other as effortlessly as ever to the point where if I were Pegg's agent I'd make sure he was manacled to Frost on a permanent basis to prevent any more whorish forays into Hollywood schmaltz and dimwitted guest appearances. Paul contains all the same ingredients that made hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead work so well and although some of the humour is a little juvenile it's funny far more often than it's not. Containing the obligatory quotes and references every sci-fi trainspotter will enjoy, this is very much more of the same from the everyone's favourite partners in nerd, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

- garyX, Tuesday, August 13, 2013