Fails as a comedy for my part as I barely smiled at all, least of all laughed during the entire length of the movie. And I love Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, and I am absolutely able to enjoy blockbuster no-brainers. This just wasn't any fun. Just cozy at best, mostly edging towards a bit dull and insanely predictable.
Doesn't deserve its maligned reputation as the film is actually quite enjoyable just not up to the expectations that "Shaun" and "Fuzz" created. Mottola does an adequate job between send-up and buddy comedy guiding good comic performances from Pegg/Frost, Wigg and Bateman. Some fun dialogue, some laugh out loud moments and a well cast Seth Rogen as the voice of Paul.
There's something there that could have been great but fell short. Although Greg Mottola earned the most flack for failing to not be Edgar Wright, I felt like his direction and performances from the supporting characters (along with Seth Rogen's Paul) were its saving grace. The problem lied with the contrived script of Frost and Pegg who in turn, mailed in their performances. Ruined a great cameo by Spielberg.
I like aliens and I liked the supporting cast in this a whole bunch, but the script lacked something that didn't make it seem like 'just' a send-up to the sci-fi genre. Also, really bored with superfluous romantic side plots - EITHER MAKE THE GIRL A REAL CHARACTER OR DON'T BOTHER KISSING HER AT THE END. Who seriously needs to see another guy get another girl in another film where that isn't even the plot.
The more I think about this movie the more offended I get. It's not just the religious stuff, it's the implication that the only reason someone wouldn't be a profane slut is their religious beliefs. That offends not only the religious but anyone who *isn't* a profane slut. I'm kind of disgusted. I liked Hot Fuzz and Sean of the Dead so much but this has very little if anything in it to redeem it.