Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1988. De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Earth Girls, Kestrel Films. Screenplay by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E. McNally. Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton. Produced by Tony Garnett. Music by Nile Rodgers. Production Design by Dennis Gassner. Costume Design by Linda M. Bass. Film Editing by Richard Halsey.
The candy-coloured future of Julien Temple’s film is a strange cross between 1950s drive-in heaven and funky eighties pop vibrancy. Geena Davis plays a manicurist who is about to marry a doctor whom she doesn’t know has been knocking knees with another woman. Luckily, three aliens have just crash-landed in her backyard and are about to inject new purpose into her life. At first furry and strange looking, Davis and her best pal Julie Brown (who also co-wrote the kooky script) clean the boys up and they turn out to have a semblance of normality, at least on the outside. Davis finds herself growing more and more attached to the leader of the extraterrestrials (Jeff Goldblum, her real-life husband at the time), while the other two (Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans) go looking to score chicks, which is what brought them to our modest planet in the first place. Bright and chirpy production design and a few musical numbers add to the cuteness, but it’s little more than a cultish curiosity; the story is boring and the humour is amusing without ever being overly funny. Brown’s “Cause I’m A Blond” number is the film’s highlight.