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How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018)

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From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman ("American Gods," Coraline) and glam-rock multi-hyphenate 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 after-hours 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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It comes off feeling more like promising studio outtake than a polished final track.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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How to Talk to Girls at Parties is primarily a vessel for the attitude coursing through all of Mitchell's work: Even the most outrageous behavior comes from a real place.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The film looks dreadful, and the CG effects are a legitimate eyesore: An opening animated sequence is so tacky, it took me a while before I realized it wasn't just another logo animation for a random film fund.

May 23, 2017 | Full Review…

There's too little narrative cohesion or persuasive subtext to make this much more than a low-budget folly that's outre without always being terribly interesting.

May 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The film enunciates its raw themes - punk means individuality! the aliens are all about conformity! - but never begins to figure out how to embody those themes in a narrative that could lure in the audience.

May 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The film's success rests on Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp's performance in this tragic love story. It would be cliché to say they have great chemistry, but they do. Elle's portrayal of the alien Zan is calculated, and consistent.

April 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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