Nick Frost & Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg & Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) have written a complete out-and-out winner, here. I lost count of the number of science-fiction and pop culture references, which would make it cool enough as it was, but then it was also smart, current, and just freaking hilarious.
The tone for the whole movie is set at the very beginning, where we see Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) attending San Diego Comic-con. I’ll admit, I geeked out a bit at that, having stood on the same street corner in that same place as they did not even a month ago at this year’s Comic-con. Our intrepid heroes meet Adam Shadowchild (emphasis to indicate importance to these guys), played by the always sensational Jeffrey Tambor, who is a writer with tons of influence on Clive’s own work.
The boys leave San Diego on their quest across the American Southwest to visit some of the most important locations in sci-fi and geek history, including the Vasquez Rocks, The Black Mailbox, and Area 51 (in a drive-by). That’s when things get a bit hairy, as they barely avoid a collision with a speeding government vehicle that abruptly crashes. Upon investigating, they discovery the “little green man” Paul, voiced by funnyman Seth Rogen.