Paul (2011) movie poster

(2011) director Greg Mottola
viewed: 09/08/2011

Appallingly lame, Paul is an only partially-assed comedy from the director of quite funny Superbad(2007) and the middling Adventureland (2009).  The film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who also wrote the script, as two English geeks on their lifelong fantasy trip to Comic-Con and then a road trip in an RV to American sites of interest for alien aficionados.

The stumble upon the real deal, an alien named Paul who is voiced by Seth Rogan.  He’s supposed to be funny.  They also pick up Kristen Wiig, who plays a coddled, shut-in Christian, but who falls for Pegg.  They are chased by the feds, played by Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Joe Lo Truglio.  Who are also supposed to be funny.  Wiig, who has proven her comedic skills in Bridesmaids (2011), is also supposed to be funny.   But really, nobody has much to work with.

The film flails and is tiresome, making me yearn for Roger the alien from American Dad!, who is 1000 times funnier in any given episode than anything in this weak and forgettable “comedy”.

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