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To help with the script Pegg and Frost went on their own road trip across America and used ideas from it to add to the script.
Principal photography wrapped on September 9, 2009, with additional scenes filmed in July 2010 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which was designed to look like the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. After obtaining permission to use the Comic-Con brand, the settings had to be changed to avoid crowds and extras were used to portray attendees since there had been some issues regarding filming inside San Diego's actual convention center. As a result, only exterior shots of the San Diego Convention Center were filmed on the streets of Downtown, San Diego.
During filming, Joe Lo Truglio was a stand-in for the character Paul, the only character who was created by CGI. Seth Rogen did some motion capture in pre-production and voice work during post-production.
A teaser trailer was released on October 18, 2010. The teaser trailer featured the song "Just the Two of Us" by Grover Washington, Jr. and "Run With the Wolves" by The Prodigy. It was shown before certain screenings of Vampires Suck, Let Me In, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Burke and Hare, The Green Hornet and The Social Network in the UK. The trailer featured the music "All Over The World" by the Electric Light Orchestra.
The film had its world premiere in London on 7 February 2011.
The film has received generally positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 66% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6 out of 10.
Empire gave four stars out of five stating, "Broader and more accessible than either Shaun Of The Dead or Hot Fuzz, Paul is pure Pegg and Frost - clever, cheeky and very, very funny. You'll never look at E. T. in the same way again." SFX also gives the film four stars out of five, saying "the film veers dangerously close to alienating (no pun intended) all but its geek core audience, [though] the more obvious concessions to a mainstream crowd [are] never enough to derail the film’s laugh-a-minute ride"; SFX also calls it a "triumph of visual effects, convincing characterisation and bad taste humour."
Peter Bradshaw gave the film two stars out of five and called it a "goofy, amiable piece of silliness" exhibiting "self-indulgence" and possessing a "distinct shortage of real gags." On the same scale Nigel Andrews gave the film only one star, calling it a "faltering extraterrestrial knockabout." The Independent grades the film two stars out of five, saying "Pegg is likeable as usual, Frost more doltish than usual, and Kristen Wiig an appealing convert from Bible thumper to ladette", and notes that "from time to time, clever ideas rear their heads—like the idea that 'Paul' has been the brains behind all SF and UFO initiatives for the last 30 years, including Close Encounters and The X-Files—but they soon return to the film's default setting of laddish japes and a conviction that the word 'cocksucker' will always get a laugh."