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Far-fetched alien romp res­cued by belly laughs

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - By Da­mon Smith

AC­CORD­ING to The X-Files, the truth is out there ... but you won’t find it in Si­mon Pegg and Nick Frost’s fan­tas­ti­cal road movie. In the same way that Shaun Of The Dead glee­fully gnawed the funny bone of the zom­bie hor­ror genre, and Hot Fuzz took aim at the coun­try­side cop drama, Paul imp­ishly probes feel­good scifi ad­ven­ture, ET: The Ex­traTer­res­trial. Spiel­berg’s earth­bound alien was a cute and cud­dly crea­ture, who just wanted to phone home, but he bears lit­tle re­sem­blance to Pegg and Frost’s lit­tle grey man. Their oth­er­worldly visi­tor smokes pot, glugs beer and ex­poses his back­side through the wind­screen of a Win­nebago. He can turn him­self in­vis­i­ble as a cam­ou­flage de­fence mech­a­nism and can mag­i­cally re-an­i­mate the dead, pro­vid­ing one of the film’s fun­ni­est se­quences.

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