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Paul

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("Hot Fuzz", "Shaun of the Dead") is back for another comedic adventure at America`s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he`s been taken prisoner, the space originating extra-terrestrial decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town,- a rented RV containing Earthlings; Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 12 May 2011
Genre: Comedy / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 44 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver
Director: Greg Mottola
Format: NA

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Writer: Roy Lim Jian-Min

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Watch this if you liked: "Shaun Of The Dead", " E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", "Hot Fuzz"

"Paul" is about two English sci-fi geeks, who head over to the annual Comic Con gathering in San Diego to check out the shrine of all alien hotspots; Area 51. While trespassing on the site they're clearly not supposed to be around, they stumble upon an alien named Paul that's voiced by Seth Rogen ("The Green Hornet"). After the shocking yet awkward encounter, the three then go on a road trip to help Paul return to his planet as a special government agent chases after them.

"Paul" is the hilarious brainchild of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who both wrote the screenplay. They also lead the ensemble that consists of well-known sci-fi alumnus such as "Alien's" Sigourney Weaver. Steven Spielberg who wrote and directed the popular "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", also makes a cameo in the movie. Comic geeks will notice the various comic book artists who appear in the movie, such as Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker and Robert Kirkman.

Other than just the cool cameos, "Paul" pays homage to some of the popular sci-fi movies ranging from the "Star Wars" franchise and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", which defines most of the sci-fi genre today, as they were the defining benchmarks of their time.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, having worked together in movies like "Shawn Of The Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", have created an unusual comedic chemistry between them, and with the addition of comedian Seth Rogen into the mix, it really is the icing on the cake.

The reviewer feels that Paul who's the only computer generated character in the movie, really provides a decent balance, as movies with plenty of CGI effects takes away the whole point of the story, as people will watch the movie for its effects rather than the plot and the storyline.

Overall, this movie is truly a haven for all sci-fi lovers. With references to some of the popular sci-fi movies, to cameos from well-known personalities, sit back and relax as you get ready for the ultimate geek showdown!

Cinema Online, 10 May 2011
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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