This review is about the unrated extended cut of Paul. Both this and the theatrical cuts were on the disc, but I wasn't planning on watching it twice so I picked this one. You should pick it too.
Paul is the latest opus from British comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead). It tells the story of two nerds from England on holiday from England to attend Comi-Con, where they meet their favorite comic writer, Adam Shadowchild (who struck me as being quite similar and possibly based on Marv Wolfman, who wasn't the most inviting person I've ever met at a convention) and travel the USA, visiting important UFO sites like Area 51 and Roswell, New Mexico.
Along the way they end up meeting Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), a three foot tall alien who is on the run from the government and is being pursued by a Secret Service agent (Jason Bateman). They end up kidnapping a young Jesus Freak woman who, with her redneck father, runs an RV park after she sees Paul and faints (which seems to be a common reaction to meeting Paul for the first time). Their mission is simple: get Paul to a rendezvous with a rescue ship before the government catches them and returns him to the top secret lab that has been his home for the past several years.
The film manages to stay consistently funny, making several nods to science fiction movies of the past. We learn that Paul gave Spielberg the idea for ET and Agent Zoil shoots the radio he was using to get orders from his unseen female commander and remarks, "Boring conversation anyway." Through the whole movie you get the feeling that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost really are very close to their comic book geek characters in real life, which brings a lot of legitimacy and sincerity to their performances. The technical aspects of the film (direction, cinematography, sound design, etc.) is all very solid as well. All in all, Paul is definitely worth a look especially if you'd like to laugh uncontrollably for two hours.
WILL CONSERVATIVES LIKE THIS MOVIE?
Hmmm... Well, that's kinda a tough one on this flick. This movie attacks religion A LOT. And what really annoyed me the most was not that they were attacking religion, but how. One of the themes of the film is that since Paul exists, then there is not God. OK, that's just ignorant because nowhere in the Bible does it say Earth is the only planet God put people on. I don't understand these one-world Christians, but this movie exploits them and uses them to bash all of us. It irritated me a bit. The movie also makes mucho use of profanity (if profanity is something you don't much care for, I would suggest the theatrical version). But if you can get past that, then yes, Paul is a very enjoyable movie for conservatives.