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Paul (2011). Directed by Greg Mottola, and written my Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Two English nerds (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) are on a road trip holiday in the USA, from Comic-Con to Area 51, and taking in nerd-y sites in-between. While travelling to one of these sites they witness a car crash, and when they stop to help they discover the driver is not quite what they're expecting. I believe it's Mark Kermode that defines a comedy as requiring a minimum of 5 laugh out loud moments, so on that basis Paul failed as a comedy for me. I don't think I had even one laugh out loud moment, albeit perhaps a rare inner titter, so to speak. At its heart it was the story that failed for me, and here comes the inevitable comparison to Spaced. Both Paul and Spaced are similar, with nerd references and a core nerd cast. I think where Spaced succeeds and Paul failed for me is that the core story in Spaced does not rely on said references, was genuinely original and funny, and you ended up genuinely caring about those involved. I suspect that the nerds that enjoyed Paul will have had the opposite experience - there's quite simply no accounting for taste. In terms of what's good about Paul... well Paul himself steals the show in my opinion (although that's not saying much), it was good to see the topic of religion tackled, and the last half hour of the film was better as the pace picked up. Overall for me the film just about scraped entertaining. A hard film to recommend, as it seems to appeal to some nerds yet not others. In any event it's a nerdy comedy, so those that don't like the idea should certainly avoid. 3/5 (Average)

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*chuckle*

No accounting for taste, eh? Well I must be nerdier than I thought because I loved it! I went in, expecting to have a good laugh and I got that.

"No accounting foe taste" works both ways, y'know :-P

I'm a peculiar sort of nerd, or maybe I like to think I am but aren't :-) Interesting though that it isn't uniform across nerds, like Spaced.

No accounting for taste... I've always understood that as taste being a much varied thing, and that nobody is a purveyor of taste. Rather than meaning some people have taste and some don't. Either way, no offence intended!

Don't worry - I wasn't offended :-)

I loved it and wanted more. Sure, it's not Spaced or Shaun of the Dead, but it was fun ;0)

I didn't like Shaun of the Dead much either, or at least found it average. I'm not sure why the Pegg and Frost are failing to entertain me since Spaced :-(

really? I bloody adore it, laugh a minute

Really. Funny how folks can interpret things differently.

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