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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.

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Philippa Goslett (screenplay by), John Cameron Mitchell (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Elle Fanning ... Zan
Nicole Kidman ... Boadicea
Ruth Wilson ... PT Stella
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Jerry, The Record Exec
Elarica Johnson ... Dark Stella (as Elarica Gallacher)
Tom Brooke ... PT Waldo
Joanna Scanlan ... Marion, Enn's mum
Matt Lucas ... PT Wain
Alex Sharp ... Enn
Eloise Smyth ... Savage Sue
Lara Peake ... Wainswain
Hebe Beardsall ... Ari Up
Joey Ansah ... PT Bob
Ethan Lawrence ... John
Edward Petherbridge ... PT First
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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 »


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

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25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo enamorar a una chica punk See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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$84,809, 14 June 2018
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Little Punk,See-Saw Films See more »
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Color
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Filming took 30 days. See more »

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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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Bermuda
Performed by Amber Martin
Written by Brett Every
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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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