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Greg Mottola

'Paul' is not exactly a heaven-sent comedy

'Paul' is not exactly a heaven-sent comedy

For a lightweight comedy about two unconventional dudes sheltering a fugitive space alien, "Paul" sure comes weighted down with conventional movie "values."

We all know the list by now: It's better to be socially inept and unkempt than neat and responsible; authority figures are creeps; pot is liberating; shoplifting is cool; it's wiser to trust in conspiracy theories than mass religion; profanity is hilarious, especially when served in long strings; and it doesn't matter what chaos you cause if your heart is pure.

The messaging is not too surprising, since "Paul" comes from some of the same gang that gave us the irreverent...