‘Paul’ Trailer: (Alien) Freaks and Geeks

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are trying their hands at a comedy/genre parody sans director Edgar Wright with Paul, which finds the pair playing a couple of hopelessly devoted sci-fi geeks who encounter a legitimate non-Earthling on a road trip across North America.

A full U.S. trailer has been unveiled for the film, which also stars the likes of Kristin Wiig (MacGruber), Sigourney Weaver, Jane Lynch (Glee), and Seth Rogen as the voice of the titular extraterrestrial.

Paul revolves around Clive Collings (Frost) and Graeme Willy (Pegg) – two average British men (and lovers of everything ranging from Star Wars to Stargate) who decide to rent an RV for a road trip that will lead them into America’s UFO heartland. That’s where they encounter the Rogen-voiced Paul, an alien with a raunchy sense of humor who needs to hitch a ride on his mothership before he is caught by a pack of government officials led by Jason Bateman’s Special Agent Lorenzo Zoil (pun intended, of course).

Greg Mottola (Superbad) was at the helm for Paul, which looks to be another fast and fun, adults-only comedy full of nerdy pop-cult references – as well as plenty of lewd jokes about alien anal probes and Paul’s nether regions. The UK trailer released last month featured much of the same footage, though the NSFW jokes that popped up unedited in that preview are only hinted at here.

Watch the U.S. trailer for Paul (via Apple) below:

While Paul himself may be far from a photo-realistic alien creature, he still looks to be a pretty decent CGI creation – who may grind the nerves of moviegoers that are less than affectionate about Rogen’s gruff voice. The movie is likely far more outrageous in tone that this preview might indicate, though the explosive action scenes probably won’t pack the visceral punch as those in Frost & Pegg’s last movie together, Hot Fuzz.

Mottola instilled a surprising amount of heart and sweetness in his previous directorial efforts, the by and large crude coming of age jokefests Superbad and Adventureland – and Paul will hopefully be of a similar design. Having legitimately lovable grown-up nerds like Frost and Pegg as the protagonists should only help matters.

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2011 will see no less than nine movies that involve extraterrestrials on Earth hitting theaters around the globe. The invasion kicks off this February with I Am Number Four, then gets really serious with the Black Hawk Down-style action pic Battle: Los Angeles on March 11th. Paul arrives a week later on the 18th and will offer moviegoers a more humorous close encounter of the third kind.

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  1. Is there a Red Band trailer for this. Did Jason Bateman say “halt” with an empty pistol? lol.

  2. Um… wow…

    That’s Shauwn or Hot Fuzz… ish.

    • That’s NOT* Shauwn or Hot Fuzz… ish.

      Ugghh… typos kill punch lines.

  3. Looks ok I guess.

    the only thing i dont like really is Seth Rogan as an alien. He coulds big and gruff but the alien is small and frail. its just not a good match.

  4. The alien looks like the character from Americanb Dad?

    And voiced by Seth Rogan? What did Gibert Godfrey pass or did somebody loose a bet?

    I’ll pass on this one. Maybe a rental.

    • Roger would probably have been a lot funnier. More mileage out of the inevitable “probe” jokes anyway…

  5. BigD. I wouldn’t be surprised if anal probes are the running gag in this.

    • Well be that as it may 790 it still looks pretty funny to me, depite Rogan being the voice of the alien.

  6. Ant’s,,,I’ll admit I haven’t seen the trailer but I have seen a photo that showed the alien and it looked like fake as all get out.

    Rogan as the voice is just a kick in balls for me on this one.

    • LOL 790. It could be worse I guess.

  7. Spewllcheck:
    Gilbert Gottfried.

    Ants,,,
    Seth Rogan strikes me as an “American Idol” runner up, if it was about acting.

    I’m not sure if I’m supposed to take him seriously or hate that he’s ruining the world of acting.

  8. True Anthony, it could be Jonah Hill.
    Jonah Hill like the rejects that Simon Cowell laughs at should have never made it past the American Film Idol tryout sessions.

    He’s funny but in a pathetic annoying way.

    • I cant STAND Hill, OMG he ruins pretty much any movie he is in. He is not tollerable one damn bit, and not funny in any way.

  9. Okay. I am willing to actually go in a theater and watch this film if, I mean if…Nah, its a wait for the Netflix. Seems pretty cool though :/

  10. Something’s wrong. It’s just not right for an alien from space to . . .

    flash his ass AND his “extra terrestrials”
    dress up in a cowboy costume
    belch
    twirl bagels on his you-know-what
    wear flip-flops

    No, that’s fine so far. What’s REALLY wrong, and totally inappropriate for proper depiction of a space alien is–

    Seth Rogan’s voice. Now that just doesn’t fit. How can they do that? They missed the boat.

    (Universal translator: The voice, like everything else, is opposite what earthlings expect from a visitor. Did I really have to explain that? I don’t think I want to eat your world anymore.)

  11. I love Simon Pegg and I love Nick Frost. The supporting cast is all top notch. I can’t wait to see how Pegg and Frost do together without Edgar Wright. :)

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