The 2011 science-fiction comedy “Paul” from Universal Pictures was directed by Greg Mottola with the screenplay written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch and David Koechner.
There are road trips and then there are ROAD TRIPS; the kind of excursion that may only happen once in a lifetime. That was exactly what Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and his best pal Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) had in mind when they decided to visit the American extraterrestial center of the universe: Area 51. They had made a list of all the sights that they wanted to visit, but even these to sci-fi geeks could not imagine what lay ahead of them as they headed toward their destination.
Cruising down the highway in their RV full of expectation at a comfortable distance behind a car when suddenly the car spins out of control. When Graeme and Clive get out to investigate, they encounter a real, live alien, named Paul (Seth Rogan) who for the past 60 years has been a resident of Area 51, but has finally decided it’s time to go home.
Needless to say, this was way-more of an adventure than either Graeme or Clive could have hoped for and after reviving Graeme, they decide to help Paul return to his mothership. But when Paul is discovered missing by the authorities, federal agents are sent out on the mission to return Paul to Area 51-dead or alive.
Totally clueless as to know they were going to travel the hundreds of miles with Paul without being detected, Graeme and Clive come up with what they think is a plan. But unfortunately the federal agents are everywhere and this makes things incredibly difficult.
On top of being pursued by agents, when Graeme and Clive stop to help a young woman, Paul makes his presence known. To keep Paul’s identity a secret they take the woman with them. But when she doesn’t return home, her father believes she has been kidnapped and goes into pursuit.
Unlike “ET” Paul is no cuddly non-verbal alien, after 60 years of being on earth, Paul is street-wise, foul-mouthed creature who is well-versed in modern culture and claims to have been advising the government as well. But the antics don’t really start until Paul decides that he has put Graeme and Clive in danger and tells them he is going to find the mothership on his own.