History Film / Paul

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For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a [[{{Area51}} top-secret military base]]. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart aleck decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by [[TheMenInBlack federal agents]] (one of whom is Creator/JasonBateman) and the [[OverprotectiveDad fanatical father]] of a [[ReligiousStereotype young woman]] whom they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two {{nerd}}s struggle to help, one [[TheGreys little grey man]] might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

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For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a [[{{Area51}} top-secret military base]]. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart aleck decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by [[TheMenInBlack federal agents]] (one of whom is Creator/JasonBateman) and the [[OverprotectiveDad fanatical father]] of a [[ReligiousStereotype young woman]] (played by Kristen Wiig) whom they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two {{nerd}}s struggle to help, one [[TheGreys little grey man]] might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
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->'''Graeme''': What's the matter, Clive?
->'''Clive''': There's an alien in the kitchenette making bagels and coffee!
->'''Graeme''': Did you want tea?

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->'''Graeme''': ->'''Graeme:''' What's the matter, Clive?
->'''Clive''':
Clive?\\
'''Clive:'''
There's an alien in the kitchenette making bagels and coffee!
->'''Graeme''':
coffee!\\
'''Graeme:'''
Did you want tea?



!!This work contains examples of:

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!!This work contains !!''Paul'' provides examples of:of:



* AlienAutopsy: It's what Big Guy wants to do to Paul.
** In the Unrated version there's a fake one at [=ComicCon=].
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and mocked when Graeme asks Paul if he has [[TranslatorMicrobes some sort of magic translation thing]] going on.
-->'''Paul''': Actually, I'm speaking English, ''you fucking idiot''.
** Also, [[JustifiedTrope justified]], in that Paul has been living here for 60 years or so, more than enough time to learn to speak English fluently.

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* AlienAutopsy: AlienAutopsy:
**
It's what Big Guy wants to do to Paul.
** In the Unrated version version, there's a fake one at [=ComicCon=].
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and mocked when Graeme asks Paul if he has [[TranslatorMicrobes some sort of magic translation thing]] going on.
-->'''Paul''': Actually, I'm speaking English, ''you fucking idiot''.
**
on. Also, [[JustifiedTrope justified]], in that Paul has been living here for 60 years or so, more than enough time to learn to speak English fluently.fluently.
-->'''Paul:''' Actually, I'm speaking English, ''you fucking idiot''.



* AnalProbing: Clive, suspicious of Paul after he and Graeme first find him and take Paul along in their RV, asks Graeme, "What if we wake up and find him inserting a probe into our anus?"
--> '''Paul''': Why does everyone always assume that?! ... How much can I learn from an ass?!

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* AnalProbing: AnalProbing:
**
Clive, suspicious of Paul after he and Graeme first find him and take Paul along in their RV, asks Graeme, "What if we wake up and find him inserting a probe into our anus?"
--> '''Paul''': --->'''Paul:''' Why does everyone always assume that?! ...that?!... How much can I learn from an ass?!



* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Paul claims (and the film takes it as a given) that his existence disproves the concept of the "Abrahamic Judeo-Christian God." While there are fundamentalists who agree with this, many theists from said religions would say that "the Abrahamic religions and aliens being mutually exclusive" is not even ''close'' to a universally accepted idea.
** But that is irrelevant, because Ruth and her father are the type of fundamentalists that do find these mutually exclusive, they are just 2 fundamenalists, not every fundamentalist.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Paul claims (and the film takes it as a given) that his existence disproves the concept of the "Abrahamic Judeo-Christian God." While there are fundamentalists who agree with this, many theists from said religions would say that "the Abrahamic religions and aliens being mutually exclusive" is not even ''close'' to a universally accepted idea.
**
idea. But that is irrelevant, because Ruth and her father are the type of fundamentalists that do find these mutually exclusive, exclusive; they are just 2 two fundamenalists, not every fundamentalist.



* BackFromTheDead: Paul brings a dead bird back to life...then promptly eats it, citing his unwillingness to eat a dead bird. [[spoiler: Occurs later in the film when he saves Graeme from a fatal gunshot wound to a heart - and technically, himself as well.]]

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* BackFromTheDead: Paul brings a dead bird back to life... then promptly eats it, citing his unwillingness to eat a dead bird. [[spoiler: Occurs [[spoiler:Occurs later in the film when he saves Graeme from a fatal gunshot wound to a heart - -- and technically, himself as well.]]



* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler: Agent Haggard. He doesn't seem like much of a villain at first, especially being played by Bill Hader, and the audience would probably assume that both members of the wacky agent duo would either end up helping Paul in the end or would meet harmless comedic fates. This changes when we see Haggard (apparently) killing Ruth's father in cold blood.]]

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* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler: Agent [[spoiler:Agent Haggard. He doesn't seem like much of a villain at first, especially being played by Bill Hader, and the audience would probably assume that both members of the wacky agent duo would either end up helping Paul in the end or would meet harmless comedic fates. This changes when we see Haggard (apparently) killing Ruth's father in cold blood.]]



* BrickJoke: When Paul first meets Clive and Graeme, Clive faints and Graeme assumes Paul made it happen somehow, but Paul assures him he didn't. Later, when Ruth meets Paul the first time and faints:
--> '''Graeme''': "What'd you do that for?"
--> '''Paul''': "She fainted! We've been over this!"
** "You'll know it when you see it." It immediately cuts to a ratty looking trailer park, with Paul saying that looks like a good place to stop, making you think this is the answer to the question. It turns out later he meant [[spoiler:Devil's Tower]].

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
**
When Paul first meets Clive and Graeme, Clive faints and Graeme assumes Paul made it happen somehow, but Paul assures him he didn't. Later, when Ruth meets Paul the first time and faints:
--> '''Graeme''': "What'd --->'''Graeme:''' What'd you do that for?"
--> '''Paul''': "She
for?\\
'''Paul:''' She
fainted! We've been over this!"
this!
** "You'll know it when you see it." It immediately cuts to a ratty looking ratty-looking trailer park, with Paul saying that looks like a good place to stop, making you think this is the answer to the question. It turns out later he meant [[spoiler:Devil's Tower]].



** Also, to a lesser extent, Graeme and Clive being able to speak Klingon. Near the end, Clive uses it to tell Graeme [[spoiler: to punch the unsuspecting Big Guy]].

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** Also, to a lesser extent, Graeme and Clive being able to speak Klingon. Near the end, Clive uses it to tell Graeme [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to punch the unsuspecting Big Guy]].



* ContrivedCoincidence: The gang runs into a pair of scary hillbillies in Rachel, NV, and then runs into the exact same scary hillbillies a couple of days later hundreds of miles away at a bar in Wyoming. Then Ruth meets her father at the same bar.
** Actually, if you pay close attention, you see the pickup truck pass by our heroes.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: You might think that Haggard and O'Reilly are just a couple of mooks working for the Big Guy, but they're not federal agents for nothing. Haggard is really on the ball, suspecting there's more to Zoil than he's letting on, and follows his trail after tapping into his own communications with the Big Guy.]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: The gang runs into a pair of scary hillbillies in Rachel, NV, and then runs into the exact same scary hillbillies a couple of days later hundreds of miles away at a bar in Wyoming. Then Ruth meets her father at the same bar.
** Actually, if
bar. If you pay close attention, you see the pickup truck pass by our heroes.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: You [[spoiler:You might think that Haggard and O'Reilly are just a couple of mooks working for the Big Guy, but they're not federal agents for nothing. Haggard is really on the ball, suspecting there's more to Zoil than he's letting on, and follows his trail after tapping into his own communications with the Big Guy.]]



---> '''Clive''': The Robot's Mistress?
---> '''Pat''': I prefer romances.
---> '''Clive''': That's kind of a romance.
---> '''Pat''': Between a woman and a machine?
---> '''Clive''': Um, yeah.
---> '''Pat''': [[DoubleEntendre I hear that!]]"

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---> '''Clive''': --->'''Clive:''' The Robot's Mistress?
---> '''Pat''':
Mistress?\\
'''Pat:'''
I prefer romances.
---> '''Clive''':
romances.\\
'''Clive:'''
That's kind of a romance.
---> '''Pat''':
romance.\\
'''Pat:'''
Between a woman and a machine?
---> '''Clive''':
machine?\\
'''Clive:'''
Um, yeah.
---> '''Pat''':
yeah.\\
'''Pat:'''
[[DoubleEntendre I hear that!]]"



--> '''Paul''': This guy doesn't quit! You kind of have to respect it.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Graeme, and then Paul, a few moments later]].

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--> '''Paul''': -->'''Paul:''' This guy doesn't quit! You kind of have to respect it.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Graeme, [[spoiler:Graeme, and then Paul, a few moments later]].



* DramaticAlienVTOL: Of course.
** Paul even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, apologizing for the spaceship's awkwardly slow ascent.
** Subverted by the very sudden arrival of the ship.

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* DramaticAlienVTOL: Of course.
**
course. Paul even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, apologizing for the spaceship's awkwardly slow ascent.
**
ascent. Subverted by the very sudden arrival of the ship.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: The Big Guy is killed off rather anti-climatically for comedy]].
* EasyEvangelism: A few minutes with Graeme (and a handy mind meld) are enough to break Ruth out of her Bible-thumping fundamentalism.
** Somewhat subverted, as she is clearly shocked and frightened by the sudden collapse of her entire worldview, temporarily [=BSODing=].
** Averted with Ruth's father, who sees [[spoiler: the alien he had previously called a demon healing Graeme and responds with "the Lord has delivered His healing hand"]].
* ElvisLives: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Paul claims his government-supplied pot is so strong that it killed Music/BobDylan. The others point out that Dylan isn't dead, but Paul implies otherwise.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[spoiler:One of the agents chasing the group accidentally drives off a cliff. Paul remarks that he could still be all right... And then it explodes.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Big Guy is killed off rather anti-climatically for comedy]].
* EasyEvangelism: EasyEvangelism:
**
A few minutes with Graeme (and a handy mind meld) are enough to break Ruth out of her Bible-thumping fundamentalism.
**
fundamentalism. Somewhat subverted, as she is clearly shocked and frightened by the sudden collapse of her entire worldview, temporarily [=BSODing=].
** Averted with Ruth's father, who sees [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the alien he had previously called a demon healing Graeme and responds with "the Lord has delivered His healing hand"]].
* ElvisLives: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]].{{Inverted|Trope}}. Paul claims his government-supplied pot is so strong that it killed Music/BobDylan. The others point out that Dylan isn't dead, but Paul implies otherwise.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[spoiler:One of the agents chasing the group accidentally drives off a cliff. Paul remarks that he could still be all right... And and then it explodes.]]



* TheFundamentalist: Ruth, [[CharacterDevelopment initially]]. She freaks out at Paul even ''after'' he explains that his existence "only disproves... one world theologies". Her dad is even worse.

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* TheFundamentalist: Ruth, [[CharacterDevelopment initially]]. She freaks out at Paul even ''after'' he explains that his existence "only disproves... one world theologies". theologies." Her dad is even worse.



* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Agent Zoil.]]
* GildedCage: Paul spent the last 60 years or so in one. He apparently didn't even realize he was a prisoner and thought he was a guest, until [[spoiler: the Big Guy decided that Paul had outlived his usefulness and wanted to harvest his brain for stem cells]].

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* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Agent [[spoiler:Agent Zoil.]]
* GildedCage: Paul spent the last 60 years or so in one. He apparently didn't even realize he was a prisoner and thought he was a guest, until [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Big Guy decided that Paul had outlived his usefulness and wanted to harvest his brain for stem cells]].



-->'''Ruth''': Well, ain't that a bag of tits.
* GroinAttack: Ruth knees a hillbilly in the crotch. The kid in a karate gi that Paul befriends also does this.

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-->'''Ruth''': -->'''Ruth:''' Well, ain't that a bag of tits.
* GroinAttack: GroinAttack:
**
Ruth knees a hillbilly in the crotch. crotch.
**
The kid in a karate gi that Paul befriends also does this.



* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend[=/=]MistakenForGay: Graeme and Clive. ''[[RunningGag Repeatedly]]''. Paul later confirms Clive ''is'' jealous of Graeme's new relationship with Ruth.
* HeroicRROD: Everything cool Paul does harms him somehow - his ExpositionBeam makes him exhausted, he needs to hold his breath to use his invisibility which he finds difficult since he's a smoker, and his HealingHands transfer the damage onto him, depending on the size of the victim.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Paul's gamble to heal Graeme, which had been toted as incredibly risky and likely to kill him. Subverted in that he ends up managing to live through it.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mentioned through the whole movie. Even the alien, Paul mentions it at one point.

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* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend[=/=]MistakenForGay: Graeme and Clive. ''[[RunningGag Repeatedly]]''. Paul later confirms Clive ''is'' jealous of Graeme's new relationship with Ruth.
* HeroicRROD: Everything cool Paul does harms him somehow - -- his ExpositionBeam makes him exhausted, he needs to hold his breath to use his invisibility which he finds difficult since he's a smoker, and his HealingHands transfer the damage onto him, depending on the size of the victim.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Paul's [[spoiler:Paul's gamble to heal Graeme, which had been toted as incredibly risky and likely to kill him. Subverted in that he ends up managing to live through it.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mentioned through the whole movie. Even the alien, Paul alien Paul, mentions it at one point.



* IResembleThatRemark: Happens to Clive, right after choking Paul.
-->'''Paul''': ...so in case our species do meet, you won't have a ''fucking spaz attack''!
-->'''Clive''': ''I DO NOT HAVE A FUCKING SPAZ ATTACK!'' *starts choking Paul, ''again''*
** It helps to know that calling someone a "spaz" in England is equivalent to calling someone a "retard" in North America.

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* IResembleThatRemark: Happens to Clive, right after choking Paul.
-->'''Paul''': ...so in case our species do meet, you won't have a ''fucking spaz attack''!
-->'''Clive''': ''I DO NOT HAVE A FUCKING SPAZ ATTACK!'' *starts choking Paul, ''again''*
**
Paul. It helps to know that calling someone a "spaz" in England is equivalent to calling someone a "retard" in North America.America.
-->'''Paul:''' ...so in case our species do meet, you won't have a ''fucking spaz attack''!\\
'''Clive:''' ''I DO NOT HAVE A FUCKING SPAZ ATTACK!'' ''[starts choking Paul, ''again'']''



* IncrediblyLamePun:
** "[[spoiler:Lorenzo Zoil]]" has to win some kind of award for sheer lameness.
** Clive claims his last sexual encounter, with a girl dressed as an [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewok]], was "''furry'' nice".
** The "Encounter Briefs" comic books count as well.

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* IncrediblyLamePun:
** "[[spoiler:Lorenzo Zoil]]" has to win some kind of award for sheer lameness.
** Clive claims his last sexual encounter, with a girl dressed as an [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewok]], was "''furry'' nice".
** The "Encounter Briefs" comic books count as well.



** Paul is repeatedly described as being a NiceGuy but ''"incredibly'' rude."

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** Paul is repeatedly described as being a NiceGuy but ''"incredibly'' "''incredibly'' rude."



* TheMenInBlack: Big Guy's men. Somewhat subverted in that two of them have no idea what's going on. Used as a plot point - when they figure it out, they think they're going to finally get promoted and start taking harsher methods that are more in line with villainous depictions of this trope.

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* TheMenInBlack: Big Guy's men. Somewhat subverted in that two of them have no idea what's going on. Used as a plot point - -- when they figure it out, they think they're going to finally get promoted and start taking harsher methods that are more in line with villainous depictions of this trope.



* MistakenForGay: A RunningGag throughout the film, from the hotel employee providing room service to Paul himself. It's not entirely [[HoYay unwarranted]].

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* MistakenForGay: Graeme and Clive. A RunningGag throughout the film, from the hotel employee providing room service to Paul himself. It's not entirely [[HoYay unwarranted]]. Paul later confirms Clive ''is'' jealous of Graeme's new relationship with Ruth.



* Mooning: Paul does this to Graame and Ruth when their outside the RV.

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* Mooning: {{Mooning}}: Paul does this to Graame and Ruth when their they're outside the RV.



** When Ruth grabs Clive's crotch, her expression when she removes her hand implies that his ..... attention span .... is quite short.
* NerdsSpeakKlingon: Naturally Graeme and Clive both speak Klingon. [[spoiler: It becomes a ChekhovsSkill when Clive uses it to tell Graeme to punch the unsuspecting [[BigBad Big Guy]].]]
-->'''[[TheGreys Paul]]''': (''After Clive wakes up and tries to choke him'') Was that Klingon? You psychotic nerd!

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** When Ruth grabs Clive's crotch, her expression when she removes her hand implies that his ..... his... attention span ....span... is quite short.
* NerdsSpeakKlingon: Naturally Graeme and Clive both speak Klingon. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It becomes a ChekhovsSkill when Clive uses it to tell Graeme to punch the unsuspecting [[BigBad Big Guy]].]]
-->'''[[TheGreys Paul]]''': (''After Paul]]:''' ''[after Clive wakes up and tries to choke him'') him]'' Was that Klingon? You psychotic nerd!



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:O'Reilly is caught in the explosion when Tara's house blows up, but the credits epilogue shows him at Comic-Con, still alive. He's horribly burned and wearing a ''Phantom of the Opera''-type mask.]]



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: O'Reilly is caught in the explosion when Tara's house blows up, but the credits epilogue shows him at Comic-Con, still alive. He's horribly burned and wearing a ''Phantom Of The Opera''-type mask.]]



* PlotDrivenBreakdown: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], the RV took a bullet in its radiator just before the protagonists flee the farm house.
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler: Papa Buggs is saved by his BulletProofBible.]]

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* PlotDrivenBreakdown: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], {{Justified|Trope}}, the RV took a bullet in its radiator just before the protagonists flee the farm house.
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler: Papa [[spoiler:Papa Buggs is saved by his BulletProofBible.]]



--> "I'm on a mission from God!"
--> "Tell him you failed."

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--> "I'm -->'''Ruth's dad:''' I'm on a mission from God!"
--> "Tell
God!\\
'''Haggard:''' Tell
him you failed."failed.
* {{Pun}}:
** "[[spoiler:Lorenzo Zoil]]" has to win some kind of award for sheer lameness.
** Clive claims his last sexual encounter, with a girl dressed as an [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewok]], was "''furry'' nice".
** The "Encounter Briefs" comic books count as well.



*** This also happens [[RuleOfThree three times]], and once each time one of the books is "Jenny Starpepper and the [something]". WordOfGod, however, states that there are in fact four Jenny Starpepper books.

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*** ** This also happens [[RuleOfThree three times]], and once each time one of the books is "Jenny Starpepper and the [something]". WordOfGod, however, states that there are in fact four Jenny Starpepper books.



--> '''Graeme''': It's in the car park.
--> '''Clive''': I think you mean the parking lot.
--> '''Graeme''': [cowboy voice] Ah sure do! [laughter]

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--> '''Graeme''': -->'''Graeme:''' It's in the car park.
--> '''Clive''':
park.\\
'''Clive:'''
I think you mean the parking lot.
--> '''Graeme''': [cowboy voice]
lot.\\
'''Graeme:''' ''[cowboy voice]''
Ah sure do! [laughter]''[laughter]''



** [[StarWars "Boring conversation anyway."]]

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** [[StarWars [[Film/ANewHope "Boring conversation anyway."]]



** They also play virtual reality VideoGame/{{Prototype}} at San Diego [=ComicCon=].
** [[Film/{{Aliens}} "Get away from her, you BITCH!"]], [[spoiler: said ''to'' Creator/SigourneyWeaver]].

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** They also play virtual reality VideoGame/{{Prototype}} ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' at San Diego [=ComicCon=].
** [[Film/{{Aliens}} "Get away from her, you BITCH!"]], [[spoiler: said [[spoiler:said ''to'' Creator/SigourneyWeaver]].



** Paul's "healing hands" transfer if the chest wound references the glowing red dot in ET's near-death experience
** [[TheBluesBrothers "I'm on a mission from God!"]]

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** Paul's "healing hands" transfer if the chest wound references the glowing red dot in ET's near-death experience
experience.
** [[TheBluesBrothers [[Film/TheBluesBrothers "I'm on a mission from God!"]]



** Three-breasted space babe, [[Film/TotalRecall1990 you say]]? Also could be a shoutout to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Eccentrica Gallumbits, the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon VI]]

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** Three-breasted space babe, [[Film/TotalRecall1990 you say]]? Also could be a shoutout shout-out to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Eccentrica Gallumbits, the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon VI]]VI]].



** Graeme at one point is wearing an ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' t-shirt, and later in the comic shop you can clearly see an Invincible comic behind the boy.
*** Especially funny because not only is Invincible more geeky and non-mainstream comic than many with wider recognition, but he is also a HumanAlien.
** Graeme wears a [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] t-shirt at the beginning of the movie and much of the rest a Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack t-shirt.

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** Graeme at one point is wearing an ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' t-shirt, T-shirt, and later in the comic shop you can clearly see an Invincible ''Invincible'' comic behind the boy.
***
boy. Especially funny because not only is Invincible more geeky and non-mainstream comic than many with wider recognition, but he is also a HumanAlien.
** Graeme wears a [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] t-shirt T-shirt at the beginning of the movie and much of the rest a Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack t-shirt.''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' T-shirt.



*** At the same comic book shop, you can see an issue of ''Comicbook/TheBoys'', a comic book by Garth Ennis, which has a character based on Simon Pegg, who also wrote the introduction of said comic's first issue.

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*** ** At the same comic book shop, you can see an issue of ''Comicbook/TheBoys'', a comic book by Garth Ennis, which has a character based on Simon Pegg, who also wrote the introduction of said comic's first issue.



** [[Film/FlightOfTheNavigator Using fireworks to signal]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest to an alien space ship]]
** [[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} Are you going to draw me like one of your French girls, Jack?]]

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** [[Film/FlightOfTheNavigator Using fireworks to signal]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest to an alien space ship]]
ship]].
** [[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} [[Film/Titanic1997 Are you going to draw me like one of your French girls, Jack?]]



* SmallNameBigEgo: Adam Shadowchild is a parody of several sci-fi writers/artists who display that trait. He's clearly quite full of himself, but no one who isn't a total geek has ever heard of him.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Adam Shadowchild is a parody of several sci-fi writers/artists who display that trait. He's clearly quite full of himself, but no one no-one who isn't a total geek has ever heard of him.



* StealthPun: Graeme clocks Haggard with a clock.



* TheStoner: Paul. Ruth attempts to be one and... fails.
** She goes through half a dozen clichéd reactions to smoking pot, ending by passing out, within 30 seconds of her first hit. StonersAreFunny.

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* TheStoner: Paul. TheStoner:
** Paul.
**
Ruth attempts to be one and... fails.
** She goes through half a dozen clichéd reactions to smoking pot, ending by passing out, within 30 seconds of her first hit. StonersAreFunny.
fails.



* StonersAreFunny: Ruth goes through half-a-dozen clichéd reactions to smoking pot, ending by passing out, within 30 seconds of her first hit.



* TemptingFate: the statement "I doubt we'll ever see those guys again!" just ensures that [[ThoseTwoGuys 'those guys']] show up at a random bar to delay our heroes as the feds are closing in. They also give one of the agents final confirmation that they're really chasing an alien.

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* TemptingFate: the The statement "I doubt we'll ever see those guys again!" just ensures that [[ThoseTwoGuys 'those guys']] "those guys" show up at a random bar to delay our heroes as the feds are closing in. They also give one of the agents final confirmation that they're really chasing an alien.



* ThoseTwoGuys: ...along with those two recurring rednecks, though they're given far less screen time.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: ...ThoseTwoGuys:
** ...
along with those two recurring rednecks, though they're given far less screen time.



* ThrowingOffTheDisability: [[spoiler: Ruth's blind eye pretty much only existed so that Paul could fix it with magic.]]
** [[spoiler: And so she could blend in easily after it's healed. It helps in throwing off Zoil, who even knows about Paul's healing power.]]

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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: [[spoiler: Ruth's blind eye pretty much only existed so exists [[spoiler:so that Paul could fix it with magic.]]
** [[spoiler:
magic. And so she could blend in easily after it's healed. It helps in throwing off Zoil, who even knows about Paul's healing power.]]



* VisualPun: Graeme clocks Haggard with a clock
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Inverted. While [[spoiler: the Big Guy is squished by the landing craft]], the three mooks by her side are all healed from [[spoiler: Zoil's]] TechnicalPacifist gunshots and allowed to live. Even the DisposablePilot is seen talking with the Alien pilot about his craft.
* WouldHitAGirl: Graeme punches the [[spoiler: [[BigBad Big Guy]], actually a woman,]] in the face; it's hilariously ineffective and she quickly shows she's much more badass than he is but Graeme certainly doesn't lose any audience sympathy for at least trying to deck her.

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* VisualPun: Graeme clocks Haggard with a clock
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Inverted. While [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Big Guy is squished by the landing craft]], the three mooks by her side are all healed from [[spoiler: Zoil's]] [[spoiler:Zoil's]] TechnicalPacifist gunshots and allowed to live. Even the DisposablePilot is seen talking with the Alien pilot about his craft.
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* WouldHitAGirl: Graeme punches the [[spoiler: [[BigBad [[spoiler:[[BigBad Big Guy]], actually a woman,]] in the face; it's hilariously ineffective and she quickly shows she's much more badass than he is but Graeme certainly doesn't lose any audience sympathy for at least trying to deck her.
13th May '17 8:45:18 AM ShazamJr
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* Mooning: Paul does this to Graame and Ruth when their outside the RV.
13th May '17 4:46:44 AM yin_13147
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--> '''Paul''': This guy doesn't quit! You almost kind of have to respect it.

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--> '''Paul''': This guy doesn't quit! You almost kind of have to respect it.
8th Apr '17 3:59:59 PM nombretomado
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** Clive claims his last sexual encounter, with a girl dressed as an [[ReturnOfTheJedi Ewok]], was "''furry'' nice".

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** Clive claims his last sexual encounter, with a girl dressed as an [[ReturnOfTheJedi [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Ewok]], was "''furry'' nice".
26th Feb '17 2:00:45 PM nombretomado
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** Paul [[TheKarateKid puts his palms together and rubs]] before healing.

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** Paul [[TheKarateKid [[Film/TheKarateKid puts his palms together and rubs]] before healing.
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** But that is irrelevant, because Ruth and her father are the type of fundamentalists that do find these mutually exclusive, they are just 2 fundamenalists, not every fundamentalist.
10th Feb '17 10:31:03 PM JustMeAndNotSomeoneElse
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Creator/SimonPegg and Creator/NickFrost (''Film/HotFuzz'', ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'') reunite for the comedy adventure ''Paul'' as [[HeterosexualLifePartners two sci-fi geeks]] whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.

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Creator/SimonPegg and Creator/NickFrost (''Film/HotFuzz'', ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'') reunite for the comedy adventure ''Paul'' as [[HeterosexualLifePartners two sci-fi geeks]] whose pilgrimage takes them to America's the US' UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
8th Feb '17 2:58:09 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* DarkActionGirl: The Big Guy, as shown in a fist fight that ensues.
19th Dec '16 12:28:20 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler: Agent Haggard. He doesn't seem like much of a villain at first, especially being played by Bill Hader, and the audience would probably assume that both members of the wacky agent duo would either end up helping Paul in the end or would meet harmless comedic fates. This changes when we see Haggard (apparently) killing Ruth's father in cold blood.]]



* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Agent Haggard. He doesn't seem like much of a villain at first, especially being played by Bill Hader, and the audience would probably assume that both members of the wacky agent duo would either end up helping Paul in the end or would meet harmless comedic fates. This changes when we see Haggard (apparently) killing Ruth's father in cold blood.]]
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