Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Jason Bateman
Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad)
Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use
Appropriate for ages 17+
Two British nerds (Shaun of the Dead’s Pegg and Frost) on an alien sight-seeing tour through America discover and pick up a real alien along the way. The alien, simply named Paul (voice of Seth Rogen), requests their help to get back to his ship before U.S. government agents kill him. So together the three pot-smoking misfits travel to the ship site in their motorhome, hot on the run from folks that want them dead.
The best quality of this comedy is that it is truly clever and original. Combining the road trip comedy with sci-fi proves to be entertaining, witty, and at times very funny. It helps that the actors are so likable. While Pegg is a fairly talented comedic actor, it is important for Frost to be likable since he has never shown much in the likes of acting chops in his various films. But in spite of this, his films have been a lot of fun to watch and his goofiness as an actor has become somewhat endearing.
As for adult comedies, this is certainly the best to come out so far this year and you will no doubt laugh yourself silly at times. Then again – the year is young.
What many will not like about the film is the direct attack on Christianity. I’m not sure if they intended the film to be an atheistic sermon, but having an alien declare there is no God and try to make you feel stupid for believing – well that won’t sit right for many audiences. And it doesn’t help that they convey Christians as complete wackos either. Personally, I tried to attach it to the overall story, but the movie does go out of its way to convey what many will be consider to be very, very offensive.
Overall, I would have to say that this is a movie for the Pegg/Frost fans of the world. If you were a big fan of Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, then this movie will be right up your alley. If you’ve never heard of them before, then I would highly suggest you Netflix those two superior pics first and see if this might be a movie for you. B