"Earth Girls Are Easy" is nothing if not a product of its time. With its neon aesthetic, campy humor, and an array of musical numbers, the film captures the spirit of the late 1980s with nostalgic flair. Geena Davis plays Valerie, a manicurist who finds her life turned upside down when a spaceship lands in her pool, carrying three furry aliens played by Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans.
Director Julien Temple, primarily known for his music videos and rock documentaries, lends the film a vibrant, MTV-esque style. The visuals are an overload of pastel colors, kitschy sets, and outrageous costumes, creating a fun, surreal environment where aliens learning about Earthly customs doesn’t seem all that strange.
The film is essentially a fish-out-of-water story, or perhaps more aptly, aliens-out-of-space. Jeff Goldblum as Mac exudes his trademark charm and serves as a romantic interest for Valerie, while a young Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans provide much of the comic relief. Their exaggerated performances are fitting for a film that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Musical numbers punctuate the narrative, offering a blend of pop and R&B that adds to the movie’s unique tone. While not every song may be a hit, they serve to enhance the film's quirky atmosphere.
However, it's essential to acknowledge that the film, while fun and entertaining, is not without its flaws. The gender dynamics and portrayal of relationships are very much rooted in the era’s sensibilities, which may come off as dated to a modern audience.
Still, if you're in the mood for an offbeat comedy that combines romance, music, and a touch of sci-fi, "Earth Girls Are Easy" delivers a thoroughly entertaining experience. It may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but it has earned its status as a cult classic for its unabashed enthusiasm and vibrant style.