Movies I Wish You Had Seen – Earth Girls Are Easy

It’s a hot Saturday night and you are in the mood for mindless entertainment. You could  go for a Jim Carey movie. You could go for one of the early Geena Davis/Jeff Goldblum  rom-coms. A Wayans Brothers slapstick might fill the bill. What the hell,mix all of the above with musical number or two and Downtown Julie Brown, set it in The Valley and make it Sci-Fi, and you have Earth Girls Are Easy.

This is by far one of the silliest movies ever made, and yet, I love it. This 1988 clunker was directed by Julien Temple and co written by Julie Brown, which in Hollywood means you get a co-staring role whether or not you should, and quite frankly that caveat should be put on almost every member of the cast. Lets make this clear; this is not a great film. It is what it is and that is a hysterically funny film, sometimes intentionally and sometimes purely by accident.

Three primary-color furred aliens crash land in a swimming pool. They emerge and meet three Valley Girls , one of whom works at the now notorious Curl Up and Dye Beauty Parlor (where else has this workplace been in movies?) , where (when fully body shaven) the aliens become passably handsome males and become instant party hits in a rather brain damaged rendition of 80’s California.

This film is funny. No one less than Roger Ebert thought so, although I wonder for his sanity based on that. Upon re-watching this film, I can honestly say this, It’s hard to say you like it, but I still do. It may not be laugh out loud but it does make you smile. It’s kind of like a Lucas/Spielberg film if they wrote it while incredibly sleep deprived. It has heart, it had grins, it has aliens and it had Robbie the Robot.

This is Dome, sayin’: It’s a stupid wonderful film. Enjoy it, that’s why they made it.

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