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How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018)


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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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Nicole Kidman
as Queen Boadicea
Ruth Wilson
as PT Stella
Joanna Scanlan
as Marion, Enn's Mum
Tom Brooke
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How To Talk To Girls At Parties mostly scratches at one mildly clever idea, trying, and ultimately failing, to draw blood.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

You feel like you were stuck in a spirit-of-'77 cosplay convention at best and a needy cult movie desperately seeking a cult at worst.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is like a hyperactive kid at a punk rock show-full of great energy and ambition, but not too sure what to do with it.

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A refreshing tonic against blockbusteritis.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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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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