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Far-fetched alien romp rescued by belly laughs
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.