I'm sorry, I love this kind of crass, rude, (sexist) humor, I really do, I literally cannot help myself. I'm also partial to about half the cast. Give me Kristen Wiig yelling "man balls!" any day and I am so there.
Maybe it's because I've seen "Extract" and "HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE" but "Paul" is one of the funnier movies I've seen this year. Yes, the lack of Edgar Wright's sharp editing and the film references he shares with Pegg and Frost are missed, but Greg Mottola brings an indie sense of the road movie, and, more importantly for a Pegg film, how to gently spoof it.
Clever sci-fi comedy about two British nerds on a pilgrimage to Comic Con who accidentally get mixed up with a fugitive alien named Paul on the run from the Feds. Simultaneously sends up and pays loving homage to the sci-fi genre and to geek culture as a whole. Consistently funny, Mottola once again proves himself adept at sustained silliness that never goes too far.
Simon Pegg! Nick Frost! San Diego ComicCon!...CGI Alien...voiced by...Seth Rogen...not directed by Edgar Wright. It shows. You better watch "Shaun of The Dead" again than waste your time and eyesight on this one...those dorky G-Men characters were kinda funny, though.
This had all the ingredients, but instead of making "Shaun Of The Dead" a run for its money, this is dumbed down to work for as many people as possible instead of treating the viewers like intelligent beasts. All in all: a plethora of one-liners and seemingly Simon Pegg's try to get to know the SNL cast. It may have worked, but the film's bad.