Paul (a 2011 Movie) is the latest offering from the comedy team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who previously worked together on the UK series Spaced, and the movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Paul tells the story of two British comic book geeks who are traveling across the US in a rented RV when the alien who crash landed at Roswell and is being held at Area 51 escapes and stows away in their vehicle. The two misfits decide to help the fugitive alien, and may end up going from losers on earth to intergalactic heroes.
Directed by Greg Mottola, who also directed Superbad and Adventureland, Paul was written by Pegg and Frost, so it should have their unique (meaning awesome) sense of humor, with a more American sensibility behind the camera. I loved Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Spaced, but the British humor is at times lost on me, so having an American on board should be helpful.
Paul Movie Trailer
‘Paul’ Release Date
March 18, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Jason Bateman … Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil
Seth Rogen … Paul (voice)
Simon Pegg … Graeme Willy
Sigourney Weaver … Tara
Jane Lynch … Pat Stevenson
Kristen Wiig … Ruth Buggs
Bill Hader … Haggard
Nick Frost … Clive Gollings
Jeffrey Tambor … Adam Shadowchild
Between the panels for Resident Evil: Afterlife and Paul at Comic Con this year, a man was stabbed.
What’s Good About It?
Pegg and Frost have yet to let me down. This looks like a film right up their alley, and the inclusion of Mottola makes me think Paul will be a big breakthrough for the stars in America. One can only hope.
What’s Bad About It?
This is the first major outing by Pegg and Frost without director Edgar Wright. While I think it could turn out to be a good thing bringing an American to direct the British stylings of the comedic duo, it may also turn out that Wright was the main reason for the high quality of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Our Clever Prediction
I see a lot of success for this Paul. Pegg and Frost have a devoted following, and while the budget has not yet been released, I doubt it’s very high. Having Seth Rogen (okay, he’s overexposed, but still reasonably popular) on board should help promote the film. Mottola has a couple good, low budget films under his belt, so he should be able to turn Paul into a box office success for the studio.
I also call a lot of the Pegg/Frost fans to go nuts saying that this is the best movie ever. But it probably won’t be.