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'Paul' is off the wall
Pegg and Frost lead
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By WILL DEFEBAUGH
Daily Arts Writer
There's something about Paul.
Rude? Yes. Smart-ass? Definitely.
Lazy? Inarguably. Cocky? You bet.
Sounds like the
guy you sit next *
to in English
class? Possibly. Paul
Except, of course,
Paul is an alien. A At Quality16
rude, smart-ass, and Rave
lazy, cocky alien. Universal
With a heart of
This is fairlyunusual for amovie
alien. After all, aliens are typically
supposed to be scary monsters
with a bunch of different mouths
that eat children for breakfast and
are sent to probe us and harvest our
planet for resources. But the only
resources that Paul (voiced by Seth
Rogan, "Pineapple Express"), star
of the movie of the same name, has
been harvesting since his acciden-
tal arrival on planet Earth in the
'80s are beer and marijuana. And
the result is one fantastic film. "
In a fateful accident that will
change all of their lives forever,
British sci-fi geeks Graeme Willy
and Clive Gollings (Simon Pegg and
Nick Frost, respectively, "Shaun of
the Dead") discover Paul smoking
in a cornfield by the side of the road.
After Paul asks for their assistance
in returning home, the two best
mates decide totake a detour from
their road-trip vacation through
America's UFO heartland to help
the green guy out.
Little do, they know that Paul
is being followed by a determined
"As you may have heard, the bird is the word."
government agent, Zoil (Jason
Bateman, TV's "Arrested Develop-
ment"), and FBI screw-ups Hag-
gard (Bill Hader, TV's "Saturday
Night Live") and O'Reilly (Joe
Lo . Truglio, "Superbad"). Behind
them is a crazed Christian father
bent on reclaiming his daughter,
one-eyed former fundamentalist
Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig, TV's
"Saturday Night Live"), who joins
Paul's party and starts a romance
Add in cameos from Jane Lynch
(TV's "Glee"), Blythe Danner
("Meet the Fockers") and Sigour-
ney Weaver (the heroine of the
original "Alien" movies), and you
have one hilariously epic car chase
adventure story that will keep
audiences laughing long after they
leave the theater.
The film's genius is largely due
to its unforgettable cast of eccen-
tric characters and performances.
Graeme and Clive, thought to be
gay by just about everyone they
meet, demonstrate a friendship
that is both hysterical and moving.
They do this primarily by break-
ing stereotypes about straight male
friendships and British culture.
Perfectly embodying the mod-
ern bromance, they are very open
about their regard for one another.
They are unafraid to reveal their
true feelings - like when Clive
becomes jealous of Graeme for
seemingly moving on without him,
as Graeme discovered both the girl
and the alien.
But the real showstopper is Ruth
Buggs, whose character is one of
the most imaginative in any come-
dy to date. Specifically, her decision
to convert to atheism and subse-
quent inability to swear properly
due to lack of experience provide
limitless entertainment and new
phrases that will likely catch on
around college campuses every-
where. Then there are the clueless
FBI agents who just can't seem to
get it right, in the best way possible.
Last but not least is Paul, whose
originality is rivaled only by that of
the film itself.
"Paul" does more than just make
viewers laugh out loud. Director
Greg Mottola ("Superbad") and
writers Pegg and Frost have made
a film that is both humorous and
touching, exploring themes of
friendship, integrity and embrac-
ing change wherever it finds you -
even in a cornfield.
By JACOB AXELRAD
Daily Arts Writer
It's always a good time when
Busey's in the house. Seriously,
Gary Busey (of "Lethal Weap-
dons a tiny ****
red suit, calls
himself the The Celebrity
Profit" and Apprentice
throws pep- Season Four
peronis at Premiere
in Green- Sundays at 9 p.m.
wich Village NBC
rants to anyone who'll listen..
No, Gary Busey has not become
a loony Manhattan preacher.
He's just selling pizza. Why,
you may ask? For "The Celeb-
rity Apprentice" of course!
Season four of Donald
Trump's celebrity reality series
returns, once again with a list
of notable personalities com-
peting against each other for
the chance to raise money for
a charity of their choice. The
names are some of the biggest
in the entertainment indus-
try: Star Jones, Lil' Jon, Mark
McGrath and La Toya Jackson,
to name a few.
Following the traditional
format of "The Apprentice,"
Trump divides the contes-
tants into two teams, men vs.
women. They're then given a
task: Each team is to organize
and run a pizzeria in a different
section of New York City. The
team raising the most money
wins, and the project manager
is given a sizable dollar amount
or her favorite charity. a charity benefits from the
women dub their team fruits of celebrity labor. With
P. (Actors, Singers, this thought comfortably in the
rs and Professionals for back of their minds, viewers
rose). The men call them- are free to appreciate the duel-
Backbone (the reason ing sides going at it as they hurl
s choice isn't quite clear, finely crafted soundbites at one
Busey gets excited about another.
ich is probably reason Yet, it's the little things 0
h). The women choose that make season four of "The
ones as their first project Celebrity Apprentice" so spe-
er, while the men pick cial - a well-balanced cast with
rd Hatch, a reality TV sweethearts, like supermodel
ad winner of the first sea- Niki Taylor, whom we can't
"Survivor." help but root for, and trouble-
npetition gets fierce. Ten- makers, like Hatch, who imme-
run high. John Rich and diately elicit negative reactions
on wrangle customers from everyone around them.
ging in the street. Lisa Lastly, we've.got the char-
bickers with Star Jones, acters who truly flesh out the
hings heat up between cast, the ones who are evident-
r baseball star Jose Can- ly there for the sole reason of
former Partridge David attracting viewers. These folks
.y and Hatch. keep their noses clean from the
drama (at least they have so
far), leave the bickering to oth-
iud y eat ers and occupy their time with
OU yOu being awesome. As Lii' Jon
pizza made himself notes: "Lil' Jon can't be
r associated with nuthin' lame."
Gary Busev This is fortunate because he
seems to be on the show just to
Star Jones? have a good time.
This show is more than
the anxiety-inducing seconds
before someone is fired or the
short, the elements of a conflict inherent in placing
ason are all in place for 16 very large egos in a room
st episode. You've got leg- together - it's watching famil-
f rock, film and television. iar famous people in straight-
got irrational drama. up ridiculous situations that
got Trump reveling in makes it all worthwhile.
e as grand master of cere- In the words of Gary Busey,
s, instigatingrivalries and "In the end, Busey always .
contestants along the way. wins." Again, no idea what this
he end of the day, regard- means, but brilliant idea to cast
any reality TV nonsense, Busey. Absolutely brilliant.
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