Two sci-fi nerds (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) are on a sci-fi-nerd tour of the US when they run into the original extraterrestrial, Paul, so named after the dog he squashed on crash-landing on Earth in the 1940s. The chain-smoking, potty-mouthed Paul has just escaped from the mysterious government agency that’s been hosting/holding him ever since, and the agency wants him back…

Like other Pegg/Frost films (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), this comedy is consistently amusing while never being laugh-out-loud hilarious, but it’s fun to spot all the references to other films in the genre. 7/10

Released April 14, 2011.


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