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Movie Review: ‘Paul’

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen

Studio: Universal Pictures

If you are easily offended by no-holds-barred religious humor, homophobia, gratuitous and prolific use of profanity, and general wackiness, it might be best to skip Paul. To say the film is irreverent is like describing the Taj Mahal as “large.” Seth Rogen voices the title character, who is one-part hippie and three-parts obnoxious teenage boy, although this alien has been holed up on an American Army base for 60 years, so he couldn’t still be a kid. Brits Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play, well, two Brits who attend a Comic-Con convention and embark on a trip across America to visit UFO sites, which is where they encounter the aforementioned alien, Paul. Not for the thin-skinned, but if you’re up for it, you might want to scarf that popcorn down during the previews, some of the ensuing high jinks will make you laugh out loud. You’ve been warned. –p.d. lee