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Former real life Hollywood couple Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis made 3 films
together, two of them comedies, one of them serious. The first film, also
the film where they met, was the horror movie spoof "Transylvania 6-5000"
(which I keep looking for but can't seem to find), in which Jeff played a
reporter sent to Transylvania to follow a story with partner Ed Begley Jr.
and Geena played a sex starved nymph who was convinced she was a vampire.
The 2nd one they did and also the only serious one was the 1986 remake of
"The Fly", in which Jeff played a good natured but lonely mad scientist
turned into a giant fly monster (that looked nothing like a fly and
something more like a killer praying mantis) and Geena played his
lover. Then after boldly going where no Hollywood couple had ever gone
before in said remake of "The Fly", they returned to light hearted comedy
with our film here "Earth Girls Are Easy".
I've often theorized that the reason celebrity couples do films together is because it gives them a chance to spend time together and work together (seeing as how the hectic Hollywood schedule tends to keep people apart for long periods of time) and because studios can cash in on the respective fan bases of both stars. Well, for what it's worth this is a hell of a lot more fun to watch than most celebrity couple films.
Anyway, in this their third and final film together, Geena plays a beautiful but romantically unhappy manicurist Valley Girl who's doctor boyfriend Ted is cheating on her and Jeff plays the blue furred ringleader of three furry aliens, the other two being yellow furred Damon Wayans and pre-movie stardom red furred Jim Carrey (with his hair dyed blond!). Furry aliens Jeff, Jim and Damon crash land in Geena's pool the day after Geena discovers how unfaithful Ted's been and the sight of them understandably throws her for a loop. With their ship down for repairs the boys will have to stay with Geena and, doing her part for interplanetary relations, takes them to her ditzy manicurist cohort Candy (Julie Brown, who also helped write the film) to give the guys make overs so they can pass for Earthlings. Guess what? Geena eventually falls in love with Captain Jeff.
In an unrelated subplot that never quite went anywhere, Julie Brown's character fell for Jim Carrey's alien. Watching this back when it was made, who would have guessed that Jim Carrey would eventually go on to become one of Hollywood's biggest comedic stars and possess a career that would overshadow stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis?
May not be brilliant comedy but like so many other comedies of the 80s this is still a reasonably funny, good natured romp with the cast making the most of it. Geena's easy to like and Jeff's a good straight man to the wild antics of Jim and Damon, who both appear to be having a good time as the nuttier aliens. I don't know why people keep saying bad things about Jeff's performance here, as his quirky style makes him an ideal alien stranger in a strange land and manages some of the film's best bits, like when he uses his "love touch" to get two cops stuck on each other. There's also a funny scene where Jeff offers to make love to Geena to make her feel better about herself and get her mind off her cheating boyfriend and she tries to explain that them making love might not work on account of the fact that he's not of the Earth so not everything may work the same way and the whole time he's undressing off camera and then she gets a look at him and his "equipment" and just sort of trails off. Of course, she has to make sure he doesn't get the impression that "Earth Girls Are Easy".
Bit of a shame that Jeff & Geena's marriage didn't work out.
There are also some funny musical bits.
"Mac is Mr. Right?" - Jeff Goldblum as Mac
This is one of the fluff movies which one doesn't need to be ashamed of
admitting to enjoyment in. No, there's nothing plausible about 90% of the
plot, but nor is there any pretense of such, so it's not something worth
angsting over. Three fuzzy, colorful aliens crash their little yellow ship
into the pool of a young, somewhat vapid Geena Davis, who has recently
discovered that her MD. fiance is cheating on her. A quick shave and
at her friend's beauty parlor transforms the three into less hirsute
versions of Goldblum, Carrey and Wayans. Having assimilated at least the
appearance of human beings, the aliens enter the world of 80s California,
and wackiness, along with the necessary romance, ensues.
As 80s flicks go, this is better than, say, Weird Science or Back to School, though not up to par with things like Caddyshack or A Fish Called Wanda. Nothing essential to go out of your way to see, but certainly worth catching sometime
It's cute.... it's bouncy.... it's fluff.... but it's mindless
entertainment for a few hours.... See it!
Geena Davis is perfect as the quirky female lead.... Just enough of a ditz to be believable.... and yet strong enough, too...
Jeff Goldblum - well, he's kind of typical in this role... Like W. Shatner, Jeff has a particular way of speaking.... and this film shows it... But his acting was good and he was semi believable as a lovable alien... And, he was kind of hunky in that scene....
Jim Carrey & Damon Wayons - these 2 guys are 90% funny 90% of the time... they were classic on 'IN LIVING COLOR' and both have gone on to have decent careers in the years since.... The woodie on the freeway is hilarious!
Julie Brown - no other big-boobed-blonde could have EVER pulled this off! And, her songs from the film - 'Cuz I'm a Blonde, I Like 'em Big and Stupid - are just the best ... I don't have to work I just have to jiggle.....
While the story line may be cheesey and seem like a leftover that sat a bit too long, it's cute fluff and worth a view...
Before three aliens accidentally land into Valerie (Geena Davis)'s pool,
she is a manicurist in The Valley, California, and is about to marry a
doctor, Ted (Charles Rocket), who has always been unfaithful to her. Now the
arrival of the three extra-terrestrials will change Valerie's life
As a sci-fi comedy, some occasional singing scenes make this film also fit the category of musical. Although this is not exactly a profound story, it is light-hearted, colorful, energetic and successfully made for the purpose of entertainment.
The whole film is a hilarious party, if you're in the mood to relax, to lay back and to kick off your shoes without wanting to explore some serious issue, then you'll have a grand time watching this. The scene Valerie "destroys" about everything in her house after she sees her fiance with another woman was skillfully filmed and acted in a very funny and original way, while Valerie sings "I've lost my faith in you".
As Valerie, Geena Davis beautifully portrayed this cheerful, optimistic, lively and strong woman. Jeff Goldblum played Mac, a charming, maturer, steadier alien while his fellow travelers Wiploc and Zeebo (played by Jim Carrey and Damon Wayens respectively) are wackier and more fun-loving. All the characters in this movie are likeable and the film itself is just as interesting.
'Earth Girls are Easy' is a B-52's kind of style musical. Well, it's sort of
a musical. It's sporadic musical numbers and dance acts that have to keep
this movie plugging along. If you know the Julie Brown song, Earth Girls are
Easy, then you know the story.
Clueless Valerie (Geena Davis) of the Valley discovers that her idiot fiancee, Ted (Charles Rocket), is cheating on her about the same time that some aliens crash land in her swimming pool. With Ted gone, she doesn't mind entertaining a few aliens (Jim Carey, Damon Wayans, and Jeff Godlbum) for a while. Actually, the results are pretty funny, since basically she tries to get them to assimilate to 80 Californian culture as she knows it. She first does by shaving off their hairy exterior so that they look like humans (of course). It sure doesn't occur to their blonde, braindead Valley Girl friends, that there is something wrong Wiploc, Zeebo, and Mac (especially considering that they repeat everything people tell them and don't say much else) so long as theyre good dancers, party animals, and good in bed, of course. In the course of everything, including her creepy fiancee trying to weasel his way back, Valerie falls in love with Mac (played by her then-husband, Jeff Goldbum).
It is an amusing little romantic comedy that seems to have taken some cues from Susan Sneideman's 'Making Mr. Right' which you might also enjoy if you like this movie, although that is not quite as funky in the B-52s sense of the word. Not that the B-52s had anything to do with this movie, either, but I think they are most closely associated with the style of comedy and atmosphere I'm referring to.
This is not a movie for everyone, obviously. Earth Girls are Easy is a funky 80s b-comedy recommended for real 80s fans, though it'll probably appeal more to us female audiences. Just waste your brain, wax your board, and pray for waves!
Everyone loves a good (or bad) alien movie, and "Earth Girls Are Easy"
doesn't disappoint. Valerie (Geena Davis) is an every-woman in southern
California whose life is turned upside down when three aliens, Mac
(Jeff Goldblum), Wiploc (Jim Carrey) and Zeebo (Damon Wayans), land in
her swimming pool. She quickly gets them made up to look human, but
they continue acting like non-humans. She has to explain sex to Mac,
while Wiploc and Zeebo are still wacky.
In a way, the whole movie is an excuse to be silly. But believe you me, they come up with some really funny stuff (Jim Carrey does a great James Dean impression). You'll wish that some aliens could land in your swimming pool, or wherever near your house.
Sadly a few jaded commentators (including the late redoubtable
Halliwell) seen to have taken this movie far too seriously...pay no
attention! This movie mas made as a zany fluffy comedy, and it succeeds
admirably at it. With talents like Gina Davis, Geoff Goldblum, the
young Jim Carrey and the multi-talented Julie Brown amongst others how
could it fail? Memorable moments include the aliens' learning isolated
English phrases from commercials and old movies - "limp and hard to
manage" has become a family in-joke; the
like,-totally-cool-to-whatever-outrageous-happens surfer Woody (Michael
McKean); the makeover; and Julie Brown's song, now a classic on Dr
Demento, "Because I'm Blonde".
For anyone who complains the special effects are cheesy - they're _meant_ to be! This is in part a spoof of the 1950's aliens-come-to-earth B movies, so watch closely when the space ship arrives, hovers over the trees, and does its forced landing in Davis' pool: it is a triumph of reproducing the authentic 1950's effect, not a poor attempt at 80's FX tech! All in all the production values, cinematography and direction are excellent throughout and support the fine cast and writers to produce one of the most delightful light comedies of the 80's.
Don't miss this charmer. See it when it comes around on TV. Rent it, or buy it and show all your friends. Just be sure you're in the mood for comic nonsense, not Dostoyevsky!
There is something about the standard eighties film that is quite unique, they seem more light and fluffy than the films released these days. Even better, they seemed to attract fairly big name stars of that time...This is not a great film, but it is what it is. It's light hearted, funny, has some interesting musical interludes and outrageous costumes and is one of Jim carrey's earlier films. There is not much of a story but the slight premise it is based on is still entertaining. Would recommend to any child of the eighties!
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A VERY silly movie, and none the worse for that. Don't expect (as other reviewers seem to) this to be a serious treatise on extraterrestrial biology - this is a brain switch off movie, meant to be enjoyed and giggled at. There are some lovely lines in it, and the ending, while not unexpected, is happy and feelgood. Great for watching on a plane, or for whiling away a couple of hours if you want a laugh with a few friends. It's worth it for the blue, furry Goldblum alone! 6 points.
One of the films that fits into the category of Just Fun.
While you could never call this a musical there are definitely lots of great musical numbers in it.
Geena Davis has a star turn as the vapid Valley Girl Valerie. I laughed at the fact she spent most of the movie wearing the tiniest bikini imaginable. But BOY can she pull it off.
Julie Brown as Candy the proprietor of the Curl Up and Dye beauty salon was a treasure. She always makes me laugh and I always want to see more of her.
Micheal McKean as Woody once again shows his amazing versatility. Just compare him in this movie to his role in "Airheads" and you will see just how wildly divergent he can be.
Frankly, I didn't recognize him.
This film is high camp and pulls it off well because it never takes itself seriously.
Not being a big Jim Carrey fan when Valerie tells Wiploc that she will miss him least of all I always want to cheer.
See this and have a good time.
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