Published June 20, 2011


Film info

  • Title Paul
  • Director Greg Mottola
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 44m
  • Genres Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
  • Tagline Who's up for a close encounter?

British sci-fi comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Two geeky Brits, Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost), are driving across the United States in a hired van to a comic book convention in San Diego. As they pass by Area 51, a military base known for multiple UFO sightings, they accidentally pick up an alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), and before long their quiet road trip has turned into an intergalactic adventure.

Background Info

Mr C and I have seen a few trailers for Simon Pegg films, but we’ve never really been brave enough to dip into watching a full one because it’s a kind of humour that we find a bit hit or miss. However, Paul was heartily recommended to us by a family member, so we decided to give it a whirl.

Live Blog

Time Comment
00:01:32 - Who calls their dog Paul?
00:02:45 - Comic-con!**
** 00:06:52 - I have only heard of Roswell and Area 51 on their road trip plans. Must investigate further.
00:08:24 - Is that Sue Sylvester again? She’s in so many things!
**00:11:28 **- There’s an actual extraterrestrial highway?
**00:11:57 - To investigate: the black mailbox.
** **00:13:50 - They blinded each other. Hehe.
** **00:20:15 **- If I see an alien, my first reaction wouldn’t be to strangle it.
**00:22:07 - “Like a cold, I caught it."
****00:23:38 - Aliens like marmite. Well, Paul does anyway.
**00:27:01 - “I heard about England. No guns.”
00:28:43 - I like that the music sounds like The X Files.
00:29:27 - Oooh, I want to time travel.**
** 00:33:14 - “You should go.” And she went. Bless!**
**** **00:34:57 - Some spaceship related problems.
00:41:27 - “He’s not evil, he’s just a bit rude."**
****** 00:42:40 - He doesn’t want spoilers.
00:49:04 - Surely it would take her a while to get used to her new spacial awareness and stuff.**
** 00:58:58 - That’s an advert not to do drugs?
00:59:19 - We’re like bonafide BFFs.
01:01:06 - I love his cracking back. Mr C, not so much.**
** 01:04:49 - She’s definitely changed if Darwin is her fake name.**
01:10:36 - That’s so cool! I want to do a u-turn like that.
**01:13:57 - Did she leave the gas on?
01:17:59 - She did leave the gas on. Not much left of that farm.
01:22:08 - I like Paul, he doesn’t read the instruction manual.
01:33:40 - There must be some significance to the fact that he gave him all his knowledge.
01:25:30 - Mork.
01:28:04 - Paul will do his thing.**
** 01:32:25 -  Hmm, BTTF line. I don’t know how I feel about that.
01:36:57 -  Excellent credit stuff.


I definitely enjoyed this film. There were some big laugh moments throughout, although there were other less funny bits that felt a bit weird. Overall the balance leant towards brilliant, though.

The start felt slow, and not that it wasn’t good, but it took them twenty minutes to find the alien. A lot of the stuff that happened set up running jokes through the film, so it certainly paid off, but watching it for the first time, I didn’t know that. I just wanted the alien to turn up.

I don’t know why that BTTF line bugs me so much, maybe just because it should have been better. Teeth. Really? I don’t mind film references, so I shouldn’t be annoyed just because it’s my favourite film. Anyway, these are all niggles, it’s still a good score for Paul.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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