PAUL Add To My Top 10
Promoting an Immoral, Abhorrent, Atheist Worldview
Release Date: March 18, 2011
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Relativity Media/Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Greg Mottola
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Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are two comic book fanatics who travel all the way from England to ComiCon in San Diego, the premiere comic book convention in the world. After the convention ends, Graeme and Clive hop in a Winnebago with the intent of driving around the Southwest U.S. to check out all of the major alien sighting hotspots. From Roswell to the famed Area 51, Graeme and Clive enjoy a fantasy-filled journey of extra-terrestrial tourism.
That is, until they have a close encounter of their own. A car crash on a lonely desert highway causes Graeme and Clive to pull over and check for survivors. What they find, instead, is a 4-foot-tall, foul-mouthed alien named Paul. Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) tells Graeme and Clive that he is in danger. Paul has escaped from a secret, government testing facility and needs to hitch a ride with the two sci-fi fans so he can get to a rendezvous with his mother ship before the government agents recapture him and harvest his brain. What follows next is a classic chase movie with the unlikely trio of friends bumbling their way through the Southwest while trying to stay one step ahead of the government agents who are hot on their trail.
PAUL actually has quite a bit of funny moments. It references many famous sci-fi movies from the STAR WARS saga to the STAR TREK franchise. The plot moves at a good pace, and the antics are often laugh-inducing. That said, the laughter stops with the funny antics. The movie quickly reveals its deeper motivations: a very strong atheistic, even anti-Christian, worldview with a heavy emphasis on Evolution.
The movie contains a few characters who are portrayed as stereotypical, “simple-minded” Christians. One Christian character, Ruth (Kristen Wiig), joins Graeme, Clive and Paul on their journey. At first, a close-minded simpleton who believes in God, faith and prayer, Ruth is quickly turned into an evolutionary atheist thanks to Paul's influence. Paul heals her damaged eye, raises a bird from the dead and proves to Ruth, from his highly evolved point of view, that there is no God and that the entire universe is built by the evolutionary process. At this life-changing revelation, Ruth thanks Paul for, as she puts it, “freeing her” from the bondage of believing in God. She sets out on a foul-mouthed tirade in which she rants off all the sexual exploits she now plans to pursue since she is "free."
The movie grows more and more bold in its atheistic proselytizing. Paul, the evolutionary and open-minded alien who comes from a progressive world where everyone is bisexual, is painted as the hero who frees the simple-minded humans from their moral boundaries. This is a very dangerous worldview, hidden under a cloak of comedy, and packaged in a slick marketing campaign aimed at affecting –and infecting –young, impressionable moviegoers. The movie also has an overabundance of strong foul language, strong sexual dialogue and many other objectionable elements. Media-Wise audiences would be well advised to fly clear of this abhorrent alien landing.
PAUL has some funny moments poking fun at science fiction stories. However, its ultimate intent is to promote a very strong atheistic, even anti-Christian, worldview with a heavy emphasis on Evolution. The movie grows more and more bold in its secular humanist proselytizing. For example, Paul, the pro-evolution alien, comes from a progressive world where everyone is bisexual. The movie paints Paul, the title character, as a hero who frees the simple-minded humans, including a young Christian woman, from their moral boundaries. The movie also has almost constant foul language and much lewd content. It also promotes marijuana use. PAUL is abhorrent.