Whether it’s Lincoln Square or Hyde Park, River North or Rogers Park, one observes the same thing: Chicagoans loitering around Redboxes and Blockbuster Expresses, trying to decide if the film they’re eyeing is worth $1. Well, Chicago, agonize no further, because here this reviewer relays if that movie is, indeed, even worth a buck.
In this week’s review of Paul, comedic actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), team up once again to play Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings, two British comic book nerds “on holiday” in the US. Traveling by RV for a road trip based on visiting top UFO-related destinations, the two get more than they bargained for when they come across Paul, a real life, honest-to-goodness alien, voiced by Seth Rogan, (The Green Hornet).
On the run from government officials, Paul convinces Graeme, (Pegg), (or “the one who doesn’t pass out after seeing him”), to “roll the dice” by letting him hitch a ride to safety. And as the three head to Paul’s undisclosed location, Graeme and Clive not only get to know this pot-smoking wisecracker of an alien, but form a unique bond that leads them to decide that this creature from “The Great Beyond” is worth going the distance for.
However, when the three recklessly kidnap a woman after she discovers Paul’s existence, her gun-toting father regretfully joins the list of men hot on their heels looking to kill Paul on site. Can the group get Paul out of this jam alive, or will he wind up dead alien meat, (making for a very poor road trip experience for Graeme and Clive).
Cute and funny, Paul is a unique alien flick that offers something different for the slacker generation, (which spans multiple generations… it’s really just a cool way of saying slackers). It comes with the traditional post-Monty Python/post-The Simpsons’ humor that accompanies co-writers’ Pegg and Frost’s other collaborations, along with the stoner humor found in Rogan’s films like Pineapple Express and Knocked Up.
Nonetheless, while such a brilliant collaboration doesn’t fail to produce laughs, it doesn’t produce enough to make this reviewer recommend viewers run out and rent it, (especially during a down economy). So while Paul has not been deemed worth your buck, it’s definitely deemed worth checking out on TV.
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