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How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)

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An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.


Philippa Goslett (screenplay by), John Cameron Mitchell (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Zan
Alex Sharp ... Enn
Nicole Kidman ... Boadicea
Matt Lucas ... PT Wain
Ruth Wilson ... PT Stella
Abraham Lewis ... Vic (as A.J. Lewis)
Ethan Lawrence ... John
Edward Petherbridge ... PT First
Joanna Scanlan ... Marion, Enn's Mum
Tom Brooke ... PT Waldo
Martin Tomlinson Martin Tomlinson ... Slap
Alice Sanders ... Spinning Jenny
Lara Peake ... Wainswain
Jessica Kate Plummer Jessica Kate Plummer ... Celia
Marina Bye Marina Bye ... Blonde Stella


In the '70s, punk-loving teen Enn (Alex Sharp) attempts to crash a party in the London suburbs. He ends up at the wrong house where he encounters a kooky, conformist cult, which includes the naive Zan (Elle Fanning). They hit it off before Enn learns that she is actually a repressed humanoid alien on Earth to complete a fatal ritual. Enn appeals to the punk scene to help both emotionally and physically liberate the lady he's fallen for. Directed by John Cameron MItchell. Based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman.

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Talk to the Girl. Save the World. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some drug use and nudity. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Costume designer Sandy Powell described the film as more of punk-oriented comedy than sci-fi; "It's the 70s again but a different bit of the 70's that Velvet Goldmine (1998) didn't touch". See more »


[It's the heart. The interchange. The way in and the way out to what is beyond. Love]
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Crazy Credits

No aliens were harmed in the making of this film. See more »


Lost in Dub
Performed by Dub Specialist
Written by Coxsone Dodd (as Clement Dodd)
Published by Third Side Music
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A Brilliant Film With a Horrible Title
16 October 2018 | by mzand-751-539572See all my reviews

Don't be deceived by the completely inaccurate title of this film. "How to Talk...." is one of the most original, off-the-wall, movies I've ever seen. Period. Based on a Neil Gaiman (American Gods) short story and Co-written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell (who also wrote and directed Hedwig and the Angry Inch - which I didn't care for) "How to Talk.." starts off in 1985 with a trio of punk friends (as in punk music) going out for a night of music and sex but goes places that you couldn't imagine in your wildest dreams and literally ends up out of this world. A cast of talented unknowns along with stars like Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning make this unique and one-of-a-kind film one of my favorites of the last ten years. A great film sabotaged by its misleading title.

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Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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$12,674, 27 May 2018

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1.85 : 1
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