Blu-ray Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

How to Talk to Girls at Parties was directed by John Cameron Mitchell and stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp and Nicole KidmanNeil Gaiman’s legendary 2006 short story comes to life from screenwriters Philippa Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell. The film tells the tale of an alien “invasion” like you’ve never seen before. 

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.

Two worlds collide in London 1977 when Enn and his two friends stumble into what they think is a punk rock party and this is where he meets Zan. At first he thinks she is an American tourist as the two quickly fall for each other and they set out for a fun adventure that turns into a romance. Enn eventually finds out that Zan is a rebellious alien that has come to Earth with her people to complete this weird right of passage but his love for her doesn’t change. Even though this star-crossed punk rock romance doesn’t have a storybook ending – it does have a happy one.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some similar artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, How to Talk to Girls at Parties ended up being this unique sci-fi punk rock love story that is indeed a strange cocktail that’s weird and silly. The story about these aliens trying to fit in during this time was interesting and the main characters were fun to follow. Elle Fanning is as cute as a button in this role as this curious alien that takes a liking to this punk nerd. Alex Sharp does a great job as the accidental love interest who falls for the alien. Nicole Kidman doesn’t have a lot of screentime but what she’s given, she hits it hard as this Stardust-like street wise punk rocker. John Cameron Mitchell has crafted a strange movie that’s very similar to the 1982 cult classic Liquid Sky that dealt with aliens and drugs. I’ll add that How to Talk to Girls at Parties is much better than the other one, to me anyway. This movie doesn’t fit in one particular genre so it’s an oddity but there’s definitely an audience out there for it.  How to Talk to Girls at Parties will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on August 14th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a making of featurette, four deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director John Cameron Mitchell and Actors Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp
  • Making an Otherworldly Production (12:22)
  • Deleted Scenes (07:43)
  • Digital HD Copy


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