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Genre Comedy
Running Time 100 min
Release Date Mar 18, 2011
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For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town -- a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings. 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,… Show more

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March 18, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris/ Globe Staff

In three movies, the Englishmen Simon Pegg and Nick Frost created a new kind of comedy duo. It’s true that their bodies fit neatly within the classic mold. Pegg is just south of lean. Frost is a sloppy orb. Otherwise, the humor between them arises from a dynamic more organic than shtick. They’re friends, as opposed to rivals for an audience. Neither is the straight man. To that end, the running gag in movie number three, “Paul,’’ which opens today, is that their affection is so apparent that the dumb Americans they encounter assume they’re gay.

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