Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

This is one of the dumbest, most ridiculous films I have ever seen, and I love the absolute shit out of it. There’s a reason that it gained a cult following after its release. It’s silly, bright, and one of the most “1980s” films that you will ever see.

For those of you that haven’t seen this obvious masterpiece, some background: Geena Davis stars as Valerie, a manicurist who lives in the San Fernando Valley. She’s engaged to a doctor named Ted, played by Charles Rocket. Okay. So far, pretty normal. Ted cheats on Valerie, she kicks him out, and that’s when three aliens, played by Damon Wayans, Jim Carrey, and Jeff Goldblum, crash land in Valerie’s backyard swimming pool. And, like, the film is already pretty ridiculous even before the fuzzy aliens land.

The bigger question here is: why am I still attracted to Jeff Goldblum while he’s dressed as a blue. fuzzy alien?

 

Geena Davis is endearing as Valerie. The chemistry between her and Goldblum is through the roof (although, I’m pretty sure it’s because they were married during the production of this film). Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans are entertaining as hell. Just a year or so later, they would both go on to do In Living Color. Michael McKean, who is always a joy to watch, plays a surfer pool boy named Woody who, in my opinion, has some of the funniest lines in the entire film.

I love it when a film embraces what it is. And Earth Girls Are Easy absolutely embraces itself. It reminds me of Cry Baby or Rock of Ages in that way. It’s not a film to make you think or anything like that. It’s merely a film to enjoy. Sit back and enjoy it because you love the actors in it. Sit back and enjoy it because you like the music. Sit back and enjoy it for whatever reason. Just watch it and bask in its ridiculous nature. And love every minute of it.

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