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How To Talk To Girls at Parties (2017)

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (original title)
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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.

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Philippa Goslett (screenplay by), John Cameron Mitchell (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English

Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How To Talk To Girls at Parties See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,674, 27 May 2018

Gross USA:

$84,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$385,733
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Cameron Mitchell revealed that Marion Cotillard would have a cameo in the film, but she was busy with Assassin's Creed (2016) and couldn't do it. Cotillard had previously worked with Mitchell in two short films for Dior, Lady Grey London (2011) and L.A.dy Dior (2011). See more »

Quotes

Queen Boadicea: Evolve or die, love
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No aliens were harmed in the making of this film. See more »

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Rainy Life
Written and performed by Ezra Furman
Published by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Courtesy of Bella Union/PIAS
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two worlds exploring each other
1 June 2018 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell exploded onto the scene in 2001 with his instant cult favorite HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and in 2010 he delivered the expertly crafted and somber marital drama RABBIT HOLE. In his first feature film since the latter, Mitchell revisits the punk world in what has been described as Romeo and Juliet with punks and aliens.

Mitchell and co-writer Philippa Goslett adapted the screenplay from a short story by Neil Gaiman ("American Gods"). It's set in 1977 Croydon (outside London) and though music plays a vital role, it's not really a musical. And even with some funny moments, it's not really a comedy. And while there are aliens, one wouldn't label this as science fiction. There is a budding romance at the core, and maybe the romance description fits best ... although, any unwitting group of film goers heading to the theatre expecting a typical romantic drama will likely walk out in the first 15 minutes.

Zan (Elle Fanning) and Enn (Alex Sharp) are star-crossed (or is it intergalactic-crossed?) lovers - she being an alien, he a young punk rocker. This is less about two worlds colliding than two worlds exploring each other: the freedom of punk vs the conformity of the alien colony. We cross paths with the local Queen of punk known as Boadicea (one of the most extreme Nicole Kidman roles of her career), the alien Stella (Ruth Wilson), and Enn's punk mates Vic (Abraham Lewis) and John (Ethan Lawrence).

Far and away the most interesting puzzle piece here is the connection between Enn and Zan. Mr. Sharp (a Bob Geldof lookalike) and Ms. Fanning are terrific together and the film suffers when they aren't on screen. Their live duet onstage is a true highlight and her wide-eyed curiosity combined with his zany punk persona provide most of the film's energy.

"Punk ... the best thing to happen to ugly people" is likely the best line in the film, although Zan requesting "Do some more punk to me" isn't far behind. There are messages here about parenting, diversity and globalization, but mostly it's a creative and wild ride that's not likely to please everyone ... especially those looking for a Nicholas Sparks romance or anyone who might take the title literally. The film is scheduled to show at the Texas Theatre in Dallas beginning June 1, 2018.


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