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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

  • Starring: Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman
  • Director: John Cameron Mitchell
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Comedy, Romance, Music
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 102 min.

Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love. [A24]

"Rubbing blue-collar grit and grime against sterile futurism and free-love hippie nostalgia, Mr. Mitchell shows...his talent for imbuing outré sex with a joyful, youthful innocence."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A refreshing tonic against blockbusteritis."
- Chris Klimek, NPR
"How to Talk to Girls at Parties is primarily a vessel for the attitude coursing through all of Mitchell's work: Even the most outrageous behavior comes from a real place."
- Eric Kohn, indieWire
"This outer space oddity is destined for the cult-classic section of some future camp horror and sci-fi B-movie aisle."
- Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"Mitchell transforms Neil Gaiman’s sci-fi short story into a vibrant, edgy and at times outright goofy statement on tough antiestablishment rebels and freewheeling hippy vibes, suggesting that they’re not really all that that different. "
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire