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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the inspired British duo who spoofed horror movies in Shaun of the Dead and cop thrillers in Hot Fuzz, star as sci-fi fanboys who arrive in the U.S. for a comic-book convention and, piloting their RV through Area 51, pick up an escaped space alien with the voice of Seth Rogen. The script is a veritable cosmos of Spielberg in-jokes, but the writer-stars also make room for some vicious and decidedly English digs at red-state shit-kickers and Christian fundamentalists. This is the first big Hollywood feature for Pegg and Frost, and their two prior successes seem to have functioned as a supermagnet, attracting not only the skilled comedy director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) but a supporting cast that could sustain two or three movies on its own (Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Sigourney Weaver).

Credits

Director:

  • Greg Mottola

Cast:

  • Simon Pegg
  • Nick Frost
  • Seth Rogen
  • Jason Bateman
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Bill Hader
  • Blythe Danner
  • Joe Lo Truglio
  • John Carroll Lynch
  • Jane Lynch
  • David Koechner
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Jesse Plemons
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Nelson Ascencio
  • Steven Spielberg

Producers:

  • Nira Park
  • Tim Bevan
  • Eric Fellner
  • Liza Chasin
  • Debra Hayward
  • Robert Graf

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