with Mia Stallard (Young Tara), Jeffrey Tambor (Adam Shadowchild), Jane Lynch (Pat Stevens), David Koechner (Gus), Jesse Plemons (Jake), Sigourney Weaver (The Big Guy), Mark Sivertsen (State Trooper), John Carroll Lynch (Moses Buggs), Steven Spielberg (Himself), Brett Michael Jones (Keith Nash) and Blythe Danner (Tara Walton).
The year is 1947 in Moorcroft Wyoming and young Tara lets her Golden Retriever, Paul, outside the house to relieve himself but not too soon thereafter a spacecraft falls from the sky crushing Paul, the dog but creating Paul the alien, by name only.
Present time in San Diego, California, two men, Clive and Graeme, just friends from London, England, attending the Comic Con Convention decide to travel from the west coast to Roswell, New Mexico to explore Area 51. Clive is a writer and Graeme is an illustrator, again just friends, hit the road in their RV in search of an American adventure and that is exactly what they find.
First they make some redneck enemies, smash their truck, take off on the road to escape the loss of teeth, witness an accident and meet Paul, the victim smoking a cigarette in the desert. One pees his pants the other is absolutely enthralled with the fact that they are now transporting an illegal alien, from another planet that is, cross country to get him home while being followed by two men in black, one in beige, led by Agent Zoil and commanded by “The Big Guy”. If many of the clichés sound familiar that’s because they should be since there are many scenes, references, lines and innuendoes that are taken from some of the greatest moments in alien films, many of course thanks to Spielberg, who by the way has his moment with Paul, nothing sexual just intriguing, although the film is rated R, rightfully so! That takes me to the Christian, Ruth, kidnapped by the guys and Paul for being in the wrong place at the right time. Thanks to Paul and the alien sighting she can now see the truth, literally, and expresses her feelings in so many ways. Too many and too vulgar to put into words but let’s just say nothing you’d hear in church or coming out of a Bible thumpers lips. At least not in public! Once Ruth finds her grove, Papa, her father, tries to find her and is yet another man on the trail out to get Paul.
Eventually as the guys, Ruth and Paul all become BFF’s it is the groping of a spaceman’s balls that lead all parties to connect in more ways than one as Paul tries to make it home to Tara, back in the dog house. There are many explosive moments and close encounters leading up to death and destruction but it is “The Big Guy” that shoots a hole in the heart of one character. The bitch is back if only for a short time leading up to one unforgettable gay moment in the end. I mean that in a “happy” way! Two years later all is gay, I mean that in a sexual way, for some, again at the Comic Con, where dreams do come true, even without anal probing!
Yes the film is crude, yes it will offend Christians, yes there is bad language and yes it is quite funny with a very familiar yet in several ways refreshing story. Well directed with some very hysterical moments thanks in so many ways to the written words throughout the film and I don’t just mean the cursing, this movie is sure to make the fans of Pegg and Frost very happy. A great score with some brilliant effects and cinematography this movie will keep you interested and excited, not literally guys, unless you like alien butt, throughout the 104 minutes. Even though many moments are taken directly from other sci-fi films, the placement of the dialogue is perfect and very brilliant to the plot and storyline.
Pegg and Frost are both hysterical and as usual play very well together. Wiig was a perfect addition to their goal to get Paul home. Rogen does a very nice job as the voice of Paul and the effects guys do even a better job with all the mechanics of making this little guy look real. Bateman is ideal as Loren Zoil, making the audience appreciate is many talents as an actor. Lynch, what can I say, even though not a big part she played it like a true lesbian, to the point and very strong. Danner takes it all in the end, no not an anal probe, but then again who knows what happens when the credits roll! Weaver, heard but not seen much of throughout the film. All I can say is the bitch is back if only for a short time but she looked good. Koechner and Plemons are not quite necessary but for the short time on screen they do bring an element to the plot. Hader and Lo Truglio add a nice element to the cliché funny guys like Martin and Lewis or Abbott and Costello, making their relationship not as gay as Pegg and Frost but definitely worthy and eventful. As for the rest of the cast in the end they brought closure to a funny, worth seeing, well done comedy about an alien, like E.T. but this time around his name is Paul, off on an adventure to find his way home. Written by Jon Patch.