Hot Fuzz actors back in alien comedy Paul

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After the successes of both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg reunites with friend and co-star Nick Frost for Area 51-inspired alien comedy Paul. Reviews have so far been mixed with Pegg deciding to write with Frost instead of usual collaborator Edgar Wright, who co-wrote and directed both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. However, with hot shot director Greg Mottola (Adventureland, SuperBad) behind the camera, it wouldn’t be remiss to suggest the film might be quite good. There’s certainly talent on show.

When two British comic geeks head to America on a road trip, things get particularly interesting when they happen upon an alien named Paul near Area 51. Suddenly, the two nobodies are America’s Most Wanted and a national manhunt begins. The film is released in the UK February 14th. See the trailer below.

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    Goregirl Reply

    Big fan of Shaun Of the Dead and Hot Fuzz so I will definitely be seeing this one. Mildly concerned about the lack of Edgar Wright, but not enough to scare me away.

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    rtm Reply

    I’ve been excited for this for quite some time as I’m a big Pegg/Frost fan. The trailer looks like a hoot with all those comedic talents, I’ll be seeing this in the cinema for sure!

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    Novroz Reply

    I really really really want to see this. But my concern is whether my country’s cinema will play it or not 🙁

    Paul is one of my few anticipated movies of 2011.

    Our cinema tends to play hollywood’s movies than other movies. Can you believe that King’s Speech hasn’t been played here yet?!

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    Dan Reply

    @Novroz: That’s a real shame that The King’s Speech hasn’t played there yet but I’m sure it’ll arrive at some point, especially with it getting so much exposure in the UK and US.

    I’m also looking forward to seeing Paul but I feel the lack of Edgar Wright could be a sticking point – perhaps less on the directorial side, more on the writing side.

    @Goregirl: Yeah, Edgar Wright’s writing skills might be missed. I think Mottola has enough in his direction locker though.

    @rtm: The trailer does look funny, but is it a case of all the funny bits in the trailer and nothing left for the rest of the film – as is so often the case.

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    Fitz Reply

    I trust Pegg at this point, even the maligned ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’ was enjoyable, so I’m going to see Paul regardless of reviews.

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    Dan Reply

    @Fitz: Pegg is a talented actor-writer, I’ve no doubt about that. But I did feel How To Lose Friends was a departure into more preachy drama masquerading as high-brow entertainment in a move to heighten his appeal in the States. Suffice to say I didn’t like it. Although it is samey, his best stuff has always been self-reflexive comedy about likable nerds/geeks in high concept scenarios. Paul does fit that bill. The only question is – will Edgar Wright’s absence from both the writer’s and director’s chair be detrimental to the film.

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    Fitz Reply

    I’m sure it will be noticeable, but not too bad.

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    John Reply

    I’m definitely not a fan of Mottola but Pegg/Frost is a winning combo. I have the same concerns that lots of others have voiced (about there being no Edgar Wright), though those concerns were calmed a bit when I found out that Pegg wrote the screenplay. Essentially, this is his “baby”, so to speak. It sounds almost like Mottola is just along for the ride.

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