By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 9 out of 10
Now, I don’t mean Man of Steel invincible, but when it comes to delivering the laughs, the man can’t miss. Rogen’s latest film, Paul, is the funniest movie since the Hangover and is well worth the price of admission.
The movie is penned by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the comedic duo from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The movie is about two men, Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost), who are the epitome of nerd.
The un-likely heroes have come to America to go to Comicon and visit areas that have a connection to aliens. On their journey, they witness what appears to be a horrendous car-accident and when investigating come across an alien named Paul (Rogen).
Once Paul is introduced the movie really takes off. The first back-and-forth between Willy and Paul sets the tone for the rest of the film. Willy and Gollings agree to take Paul to his destination and along the way pick up/kidnap a hard-core Christian woman, Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), who ends up stealing almost every scene she is in.
Of course with an alien hitchhiking his way to his destination, there will be some sort of government operation in pursuit and as the fuzz (Jason Bateman, Bill Hader and Joe Lo Trugilo). The agents end up offering up plenty of laughs in their pursuit of Paul. I won’t get into the plot in depth, but for a comedy, Paul delivers a solid story that has some moments that are “deeper” than I expect from comedies.
One thing “Paul” did an amazing job of, was its casting. Every character, no matter how much screen time they receive, was perfect. I particularly loved Jeffrey Tambor, Jane Lynch and David Koechner.
The one thing I didn’t like about the movie was a factor that was not the film’s fault. In my two viewings of Paul, there were at least 25 kids at each showing and in each showing, at least five of the kids and their guardians left half an hour into the movie and didn’t come back.
Now,I don’t have kids, but I am assuming that parents thought that Paul was for kids and considering that 99 percent of movies with an animated character like Paul are for the kids, that is understandable. Quite simply, Paul is not for the young ones with all the vulgarity and sex-based humor.
That being said, for the appropriate crowd, Paul is a must watch. The humor flies fast and hard and rarely misses its mark. If you have even the resemblance of a funny bone, go see Paul.