My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Two comic book nerds (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) from England go on a road trip through the American southwest to visit Area 51 and other alien sighting locations. When they meet a real alien (voice of Seth Rogan) named Paul, they become embroiled in a chase across Nevada and Wyoming, trying to elude inept federal agents (Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio) and their somewhat less inept boss (Jason Bateman). Along the way they meet a variety of eclectic characters, most notably a pretty young woman (Kristen Wiig) from a dysfunctional, ultra-conservative Christian upbringing.
I wanted to like Paul, I really did. It just seemed like a by-the-numbers comedy that was only intermittently funny. The actors were fine, but they didn’t have much to work with. In this age of routine special effects, the substandard integration of the partly puppet, partly CGI alien with real humans was off enough to take me out of my suspension of disbelief.
There were some interesting cameo appearances that helped things along, but ultimately I really didn’t care whether Paul reached his destination or not.