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Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

 
 
 

Probed by an Alien

A UFO landed in my pool and they captured me but we made friends and I fed them Pop-Tarts - Valerie

Geena Davis as Valeria in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

When I first watched "Earth Girls Are Easy" as a teen back in the 80s it was fun, watching it now 25 years later it is even better. Don't get me wrong because "Earth Girls Are Easy" is and has always been a vacuous movie with the slimmest of plots and if you demand a plot to enjoy a movie then this will be a struggle. But the utter goofiness of it which sees a manicurist befriending a trio of aliens who land in her pool is like a series of headlines from a trashy tabloid. And as I said "Earth Girls Are Easy" is even better because not only does it feel even dafter but the amusement of Jim Carrey with his surfer hair or Damon Wayans in a dance off is funnier than ever.

Manicurist Valerie (Geena Davis - Beetle Juice) is preparing to marry dishy doctor Ted (Charles Rocket) that is until she catches the love doctor cheating on her with a nurse. After kicking him out and destroying his stuff including putting a bowling ball through his Commodore Valerie gets herself some unusual visitors where a trio of hairy aliens crash land in her pool. With the help of her beautician friend Candy (Julie Brown) they make Mac (Jeff Goldblum - The Fly), Wiploc (Jim Carrey) and Zeebo (Damon Wayans) look more human but chaos ensues as the alien trio enjoy experiencing human life whilst Valerie and Mac start to fall for each other.

Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

That synopsis actually makes it sound like "Earth Girls Are Easy" has a proper storyline when in truth there isn't one. Oh there is the romantic plotline which includes Valerie's troubled relationship with Ted and her growing feelings for Mac but that isn't the focus. The focus is are trio of aliens experiencing LA which is certainly a la-la land as they get make overs, go dancing and so much more.

As such "Earth Girls Are Easy" is basically a lot of silliness, a series of goofy scenes which loosely link together but are so much fun. When Valerie destroys Ted's computer rolling a bowling ball down a set of skis it is just stupidly good fun as is Valerie's first meeting with the hairy aliens as they spy on her sunbathing. And then you just get hit with one goofy scene after another from Zeebo in a dance off, Wiploc attracting girls with his long tongue and a plethora of mishaps. Oh and just to make it even dafter throw in some musical numbers such as a beach number about being blonde and big boobed.

The sense of goofy fun of course extends to the performances and as already mentioned one of the new joys of watching "Earth Girls Are Easy" is that it features an early Jim Carrey doing some face pulling but working with others to deliver the comedy. Okay so it's not great comedy but the first time you see Carrey with his blonde hair it makes you laugh for no other reason that it is Jim Carrey with blonde surfer hair. And it is the same sort of thing through out because none of the performances are good be it Geena Davis as Valerie or Jeff Goldblum as Mac but because their characters are so daft it is just fun.

What this all boils down to is that "Earth Girls Are Easy" is simply a daft 80s movie about aliens coming to Earth and getting in to plenty of trouble. But it is intentionally so daft that it doesn't matter that it is nonsense because it is goofy good fun which gets better with age.

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