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Directed By
Greg Mottola

Written By:
Nick Frost, Simon Pegg

Mia Stallard, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jeremy Owen, Jeffrey Tambor, David House, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Kristen Wiig, John Carroll Lynch, Steven Spielberg, Mike Miller, Blythe Danner, Jennifer Granger, Nelson Ascencio, Mark Sivertsen, Joe Berryman, Syd Masters, Gary Roller, Oliver O'Shea, Lonnie Otha-Mayer, Lori Dillen, J. Todd Anderson, Brett Michael Jones, Diego Deane, Dawnielle Banks, Will Veitch

Paul (2011)
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Movie Review by Zara
April 2nd, 2011

The quiet film references that traditionally get laced throughout a Pegg/Frost adventure are what made this movie all the much more fun for me. It isn't the bigger gags or the predictable laughs that make the scripts these Brits write fun, it's the small comments like "Ever since I saw MAC & ME..." that delight a cinephile like myself.

I guess what gets to me the most in the recent comedy movie market is the watered down humour generated in order to achieve a PG-13 rating. Rather than be creative or think outside of the box, they rely on gags they understand are permitted for the rating, lousy toilet humour with no heart. I took my daughter to see PAUL without any hesitation or reservations, understanding that the extent of the R rating would be limited to curse words and drug references. These sorts of things really only fall within the "offensive" category if you choose to apply them that way. Personally, offensive is a movie which believes that you can flash bottom-of-the-barrel sight gags and stupid predictable jokes at an audience and expect canned laughter from them. I far prefer taking my kid to see a movie where the alien has a bigger sense of humanity than most of the real-life humanity that she encounters on a daily basis.

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