YMMV / Paul

  • Cliché Storm: Much of the movie's plot and dialogue feels very by-the-numbers. The numerous shout-outs to other films probably don't help in this respect.
  • Confirmation Bias: Ruth and her father's religious fundamentalism, so very much.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why did Zoil stick with two clearly incompetent agents and give them as little information as possible? Not a firm grasp of the Idiot Ball or Villain Ball, but because he was deliberately trying to sabotage the Big Guy's efforts to track down Paul.
  • Squick:
    • Graeme's bullet wound closing up.
    • Not to mention Paul's chest opening out as he's healing him. You can see his chest spasming and blood running out...
    • Clive mentions that the last time he had sex before meeting Paul was with a woman cosplaying as an Ewok.
      "Clive likes boning space bears!"
    • Our Man In Black makes his first appearance and, whilst looking serious and professional, performs the The Ketchup Test on a puddle of liquid on the ground... remember when Clive pissed himself when he passed out earlier?
  • Ugly Cute: Paul is basically a Grey with puppy dog eyes and a myraid of facial expressions due to his personality.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Paul himself, especially. He's so well-rendered it's easy to forget he's a special effect at all.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Honestly, if you've been to the theater and seen this film, count the number of little kids you see. Clearly parents see the wide-eyed, cute looking alien in the commercials and, despite the R rating, feel it's totally cool to take the young'uns. There were even some cases in the UK where the trailers played before kids' movies.