Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

JULIEN TEMPLE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

United Kingdom/USA, 1988.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Earth Girls, Kestrel Films.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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  (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 (, her real-life husband at the time), while the other two (, ) 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.

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