Earth Girls Are Easy

1989, Movie, PG, 100 mins

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The most recent Hollywood attempt to send up science-fiction films, EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY, directed by Julien Temple (ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, 1986), is silly, sexy, and filled with music. In Los Angeles, ditzy manicurist Valerie Dale (Geena Davis, before her Oscar-winning performance in THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST made her a star) throws out her fiance, unfaithful, kinky sexual-athlete Dr. Ted Gallagher (Charles Rocket). Then three furry, pastel-colored space aliens, Mac, Wiploc, and Zeebo (Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans) crash-land their UFO in her pool. They head out for a series of La-La-style adventures with an alien twist, and a little romantic entanglement is thrown in when Valerie and Mac fall in the sack and in love. Finally, Valerie has to decide between the fiance (who renews his offer of marriage) and the alien Mac. In trying to satisfy too many different audiences, director Temple is left with a film that fails to completely satisfy any of them. EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY doesn't go far enough in satirizing the Valley lifestyle. The attempt to send up the MTV aesthetic lacks punch, primarily because the film's songs are entirely forgettable. Hoping to titillate, while keeping a PG rating, the film opts for tantalizing talk and a constant display of bra-busting females in stiletto heels. The acting here is respectable, but doesn't rise beyond the indifferent script and direction. leave a comment

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