There is one very serious fundamental problem with Paul. Yes, it has an outstanding cast (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Jeffrey Tambor, Jesse Plemons) and was directed by Superbad‘s Greg Mottola. Yes, it clearly sends up a lot of sci-fi genre tropes in a way that hasn’t really been done in a long time, and besides, Spaceballs was more of a spoof than an original comedy anyways. Yes, it genuinely looks pretty good. But no matter what, no matter how many stars they get or how smartly they turn conventions on their head, no matter how well they combine low-key humor with gigantic Hollywood set-pieces, the fact of the matter is the movie will never be funnier than this. Oh well!