Paul is the story of two Comic-Con attendees who actually encounter a real live alien named, oddly enough, Paul.  Basically, it’s ET except as a road trip movie with a cantankerous frat boy for an alien who nevertheless has his heart in the right place.  It features copious amounts of crude, juvenile humor that hits the mark roughly half the time.  In other words, it’s pretty much what you might expect from viewing the cover and scanning the cast (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen).  It looks like a good choice for those fully engaged in “I don’t want to have to think; I just want to be entertained” mode.  And speaking of thinking, if you’re thinking about watching it, check out the trailer.  What you see is what you get.  No, I mean, really.  That’s basically what you get.  Most of the funniest parts are in the trailer, so if  you don’t like what you see there, you should probably skip this one, with one exception: It’s a decent litmus test for checking one’s popular Sci-Fi movies geek cred.  There are a lot of allusions, and for those who’ve seen the movies they’re drawn from, it’s fun simply recognizing them.  It’s not a memorable movie, but not an entirely terrible one either.  My only real beef is with the ending.  Throughout the movie there’s an almost Blues Brothers  style buildup as the cast meets and sometimes crosses swords with various and sundry characters along the way.  Unlike with The Blues Brothers though, this build up is never satisfactorily fulfilled.  Most of the characters do come together at the end, but the result is just meh.   


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