The sign of a great movie, in my eyes, is the power of repeat viewings. Whether you can watch a particular film multiple times in a close chronological proximity and never lose interest. This philosophy is exactly the reason why I habitually buy DVDs, because I’m the kind of guy who’ll most certainly get my money’s worth. Two of the sharpest examples of films with endless replay value are the British spoof-comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and the common thread between these two? Aside from brilliant director Edgar Wright, it’s the one-two lead combo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the best comedy duo since Beavis & Butthead (okay, Pegg and Frost are obviously a different thing altogether, but I love(d) Beaver and Butthole…..fans of the show should recall that reference; if not, that just sounded dirty as hell).
Come 2010, we could have their funniest film yet. In June, Pegg and Frost will begin shooting Paul, with also-quality director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). It’ll be their first time working together without Edgar Wright, but Mottola should be a fitting “replacement.” Every other piece of news about Paul so far has been bonus icing: just today, it was announced that Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, and Kristen Wiig have all signed in co-starring slots. Their credentials: Hader and Wiig consistently take slack off of Andy Samberg’s shoulders on Saturday Night Live, Bateman (Juno) has made the snarky one-liner his very own science, and Lynch has become one of the strongest lady scene-swipers in the game (The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, Starz!’s great Party Down).
There’s one other key addition announced today for Paul: Seth Rogen will provide his voice for the titular character, a regular-clothes-wearing alien. The film’s plot revolves around two British super-nerds (Pegg and Frost) who pick up an alien on the road to San Diego’s Comic-Con, the yearly meeting ground for comic book fans and Hollywood heavies.
Paul won’t be seen until sometime next year, but I’d be willing to put dollars down on this one turning out to be a repeat entertainer. At least two trips to the theater, before the street date DVD purchase. Some things just sell themselves.