Sep. 2nd, 2012

innocent_man: (morbo)
Earth Girls Are Easy is a late-80s movie made by, basically, some folks from MTV, including Julie Brown.

Valerie (Geena Davis) is a (manicurist?) in the Valley. Her fiancee, Ted (Charles Rocket...what the hell else has he done? Oh, hell, he committed suicide in 2005. Harsh my mellow, man) is a doctor, but is also losing interest in her as their wedding nears. Valerie tries to rekindle the spark, but only manages to catch him attempting an affair with a nurse, and throws him out.

Meanwhile, a trio of aliens (Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey and one those Wayans guys...Damon) crash in Valerie's pool. She feeds them Pop Tarts, and then with her wacky friend Candy's (Julie Brown) help, they make them look human (turns out they just needed to remove their body hair) and take them out on the town. Hijinks ensue, and finally Valerie leaves Earth with the lead alien, Mac (Goldblum).

The movie is silly and fun. It's a musical, for one thing, and for the most part the songs make sense in context (one, "'Cause I'm a Blond," doesn't, and one suspects it was effectively a deleted scene that they just didn't want to cut). Davis is appropriately ditzy, but likeable. Carrey and Wayans are suitably annoying as Wiploc and Zebo, but they manage to underplay the comedy enough that it stays funny (Goldblum, meanwhile, plays it mostly straight, but still manages to get a laugh occasionally). For my money, Michael McKean as the stoned surfer pool man is probably the funniest character in the movie, but there's actually a lot to like, in a mindless sort of way.

I could get grouchy about the fact that when Mac uses his "love touch" on the officers arresting him and Valerie, they immediately go from burly man to stereotypical queeer (lisp and all), but eh. It's a relatively minor thing, all things considered. Really, I don't have a lot to say about the movie other than: Holy god, the 80s. The 80s.

My Grade: B-
Rewatch value: Medium-high. It doesn't drag, I'll give it that.

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