- Cast: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Blythe Danner, Bill Hader, Jeffrey Tambor, Sigourney Weaver, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, John Carroll Lynch, Joe Lo Truglio, Mia Stallard, Justin Reed, Paula LaBaredas, David House, Mark Anthony Lopez, Darren Kendrick, Kimberly Forchetti, Mike Miller, Nelson Ascencio, Joy Sudduth, Jurgen Heimann
- Director: Greg Mottola
- Writer: Nick Frost. Simon Pegg
- Producer: Tim Bevan. Eric Fellner. Nira Park
- Executive Producers: Liza Chasin, Robert Graf, Debra Hayward
- Art Direction: Richard Fojo
- Castings: Jo Edna Boldin, Allison Jones
- Costume Design: Nancy Steiner
- D.O.P.: Lawrence Sher
- Editor: Chris Dickens
- Makeup: Tarra D. Day
- Music: David Arnold
- Production Design: Jefferson Sage
- Set Decoration: Carla Curry
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("Hot Fuzz," "Shaun of the Dead") reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-travelling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost).
Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: New Mexico, USA; San Diego, USA; Santa Clarita, USA
- MPAA Warning: Language including sexual references, and some drug use
- Production Budget: $50 million
- Production Companies: Big Talk Productions, Relativity Media, Studio Canal, Working Title Films
- Production Schedule: May 2009 - July 2009
2011 Guide Analysis: One of the best current onscreen comedy duos, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, return to deliver a comedic tribute to geek cinema with "Paul". Sadly it doesn't involve them re-teaming with their regular brilliant directing cohort Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz"), but they've got the next best cross-Atlantic equivalent in the form of "Superbad" and "Adventureland" helmer Greg Mottola who directed from a script Pegg and Frost penned.
Supporting roles are stacked here with the likes of SNL stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader; "Arrested Development" stars Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor; and flat out movie greats like Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver and Blythe Danner. There was concern about the alien creature itself, but the R-rated clips launched at Comic Con last year impressed - Seth Rogen playing 'Paul' as a grey alien slacker with a wicked sense of humour.
Though scheduled for a worldwide release in 2010, the film got pushed back several months to March with no reason given. Pegg and Frost originally were slated to film part of the movie in San Diego at Comic Con itself but ended up recreating it in New Mexico later because the actual event has become too big for a feature film shoot to take place.