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How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018)



Critic Consensus: How to Talk to Girls at Parties has energy and ambition, but is ultimately too unfocused to do much with either -- or develop its themes into a cohesive whole.

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From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman ("American Gods," CORALINE) and glamrock multihyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, SHORTBUS) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES. Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to afterhours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn't stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love.

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as Queen Boadicea
Ruth Wilson
as PT Stella
Joanna Scanlan
as Marion, Enn's Mum
Tom Brooke
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One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie.

June 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Mitchell brings a lively visual sensibility to the screen, so at least it looks stellar. Everything else -- the film's tone, its message, its very purpose -- is caught between two different worlds.

June 1, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

If you love "Hedwig" - or "Rocky Horror" for that matter - it's worth streaming when it hits Netflix.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When it works, it works. And even when it doesn't, it's just endearing enough to earn a bit of forgiveness for its flaws.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If the message gets a little mixed up in all the delight, it's all part of the party.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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It's one of those movies which are so desperate to become cult viewing that they feel no obligation to be any good.

May 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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