An amusing movie, though not as funny as I expected it to be, there were few laugh-out-loud moments for me. Most notable for the 'creative' swearing/cursing that frequently peppered the dialogue of the 2nd-half of the movie - some will find it amusing, some may be offended, be warned! It took me a while to get used to Seth Rogan's voice as Paul the (slacker) Alien, it seemed an odd fit.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost coming together again for Paul worked brilliantly. Their style of British humour that is acted out in a realistic manner, not typical Hollywood perfect, works well for me, though there was plenty of the styles typical of Hollywood from Jason Bateman and the other actors to balance this out.
It's very one sided on the Science v Religion argument and the toilet humour was at too high a level to be dismissed if it's not your thing, but the directing and the animation of the Paul character, in addition to the Pegg/Frost duo make this enjoyable.
A promising story line; but the movie was flawed due to poor acting, the use of bad language as an excuse for humour and the portrayal of Christians as bible toting, ignorant bogans. I was surprised that adults I know recommended this movie as I can't see it having much appeal other than to teenage boys who delight in seeing women swear and an alien baring his backside from a car. Very disappointing.
Having watched the unrated version available on the blu-ray, I dont know why this movie wasn't so disliked (as a Blu-ray or DVD). This was a nerd comic/sci fi community film and on this, it was just as funny in parts as Fanboys 2009 or Bing Bang. Also, anyone that like the Brittish Team Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of The Dead and Spaced) might enjoy more of the same. Maybe they went a liitle to "american" on this movie to appeal to a wider audence but for me and for people of my era raised up on the filmography and science fiction culture of the time, I got a few laughs (raiders references, ET references and Alien Kicker at the end).
If I had one complaint, it was that it was good concept but insufficiently irreligious!
You've got to be a bit of a sci-fi movie buff to understand the true hilarity in this film. Which I DID. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are brilliant together AGAIN and the stupidity just keeps coming with the addition of abrasive Paul the alien (Seth Rogen) and the inane niaivete` of Kristen Wiig. Constant funny references to other space/alien movies and a fast-paced storyline keep you hooked to the end. (Have to say though, you would possibly not enjoy this if you've not seen Aliens, Star Wars movies or anything else Sci-Fi)
Brilliant supporting cast (huge fan of Jason Bateman, wait til you hear what his full name is in this one!) and maybe it's the Brit in me that laughs at anything, but some of the most subtle humour had me cackling away madly. (watch out when they find Paul and they're wearing the torches on their heads). Sigourney Weaver shows how much of a good sport she is in this one and without being a spoiler I love Nick Frost's 'That was good, wasn't it?' line at the end. Classic!
very different .reccomended viewing
Light hearted spoof on aliens !
It made me laugh which is a lot more than Bridesmaids did!!! Would I see a sequel, YES.
I was told this was hilarious - it wasn't. However it was a laugh and great fun. Enjoyed it. Loved all the references to prevous movies.
Some Fun with Et,Close Encounters of the third kind,Rat Race.,Men in Black ,Star Man..all rolled into one Great Movie..Same amount of humour that gave us Hot Fuzz..it's a riot and original... Paul get's all the great one liners and is not your syrupy sweet alien but one who leaves a great impression 4stars from me and 5 stars from the hubby when he can stop laughing
Ya can always count on a few laughs when Simon Pegg & Nick Frost team up in a movie and add Seth Rogan into tha mix and ya have an extremely hilarious flick, loved it and i give it a solid 9.5 outta 10