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Earth Girls Are Easy is a 1988 Americanmarker comedy-musical film directed by Julien Temple. It stars Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Michael McKean, Julie Brown, and hitherto largely unknown comedians Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans. The film is marketed with the tagline "An out-of-this-world, down-to-earth comedy adventure". The film's plot is based on the song "Earth Girls Are Easy" from Julie Brown's 1984 mini-album Goddess In Progress.

Plot summary

The movie begins with three aliens, a blue one, a red one, and a yellow one, flying in a spaceship. While watching a music holographic video of a multi-coloured woman, they come across Earth.

Valerie Gail (Davis) is a valley girl manicurist who works for the "Curl Up & Dye" hair salon. When she feels her cold fiancé Dr. Ted Gallagher (Rocket) is slipping away from her, she attempts to seduce him with a new look; instead she catches him cheating on her. She kicks him out and refuses to see him until the wedding. The next day, she is sunbathing when a spaceship housing three aliens crash lands in her pool. Not knowing what to do, she takes them to her best friend Candy Pink (Brown, who also co-wrote and co-produced). After shaving off the aliens' fur, they turn out to be attractive men. They all go out and party at Los Angelesmarker nightclubs.

The three aliens — Wiploc (Carrey), the red alien; Zeebo (Wayans), the yellow alien; and Mac (Goldblum), the blue alien — absorb human (American) culture through ten minutes of television, and Valerie takes them out into the human world. Valerie and Mac discover that they are much better off together, and escape into space once the ship has been fixed.


Actor Role
Geena Davis Valerie Gail
Jeff Goldblum Mac
Jim Carrey Wiploc
Damon Wayans Zeebo
Julie Brown Candy Pink
Michael McKean Woody
Charles Rocket Dr. Ted Gallagher
Larry Linville Dr. Bob
Rick Overton Dr. Rick
Angelyne Herself


Originally the film was slated to go into production in 1986 for Warner Bros., but the studio got cold feet when director Julien Temple's previous movie, Absolute Beginners, proved to be a dismal box office failure. The role of Valerie was offered to some of the era's box-office draws such as Madonna and Molly Ringwald, but when they rejected it, WB dropped the project. Several other studios expressed interested in producing the movie, but none wanted Temple to direct. Ultimately French bank Crédit Lyonnais agreed to finance the film with Temple at the helm if $4 million was shaved off of the film's estimated $14 million budget, and the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group agreed to distribute it.

Principal photography was finally underway in early 1988 and Temple brought his own ideas to the table, including peppering the background with then modern sounding pop songs, featuring an homage to The Nutty Professor and using iconic model/actress Angelyne in a brief cameo (the director declared her "the patron Saint of Los Angeles"), but Temple's studious eye for detail caused delays on the set, and according to producer Tony Garnett, "The first cut we had of the picture was a problem." The film underwent more than five months of post-production tinkering, including the removal of numerous scenes and the production number "I Like 'em Big and Stupid" (a different version of the song plays in the club; the deleted sequence appears on the DVD extras) and reshoots later commenced (the song "Cause I'm a Blonde" was injected into the film late in the game), by which time the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group had filed for bankruptcy.

The finished print of the film had several very positive previews, which captured the interest of potential distributors Nelson Entertainment, New World, MGM and 20th Century Fox, but ultimately Vestron Video picked up the distribution rights. The movie debuted at the Toronto Film Festivalmarker in September 1988 and was slated to be released the following February, but legal entanglements delayed its release until May 1989.


The film received generally positive reviews. Roger Ebert concluded, "Earth Girls Are Easy is silly and predictable and as permanent as a feather in the wind, but I had fun watching it." Leonard Maltin called it an "infectiously goofy musical"
and went on to cite some "good laughs and an endearing performance by Davis." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor George Anderson gushed over the absurdity of the movie, declaring the film "is so cheerful about so many stupid things that you cannot, in good conscience, endorse it, but you may be attempted to adopt it." But despite the positive things that were said, many critics simultaneously criticized the film for being "less a movie than a stretched-out, padded [music] video." Box office returns were low -- the film garnered only a little over a third of the $10 million production cost -- but the movie ultimately developed a cult following.

Award nominations


Independent Spirit Awards

  • Nominated: Best Cinematography, Oliver Stapleton (1990)

Golden Raspberry Awards

  • Nominated: Worst Supporting Actress, Angelyne (1990) (To note, Angelyne appears in the film for less than two minutes.)


A soundtrack album was released on vinyl, cassette and CD by Sire Records on May 9, 1989 to coincide with the May 12 release of the film. Most of the songs on the album are different mixes than were heard in the movie, several songs from the film were omitted altogether and Geena Davis's song "The Ground You Walk On" was replaced with a rendition by Jill Jones. The album is out of print.

Royalty's song "Baby Gonna Shake" was issued as a single (available in several formats with numerous remix variations) and Hall & Oates' rendition of "Love Train" was released as a single backed with the film's title song, performed by The N.

Stage show

Beginning on September 16, 2001, there were several staged reading/performances of a musical play version of the film. Based on the movie's screenplay and written by Charlie Coffey and Michael Herrmann, Julie Brown reprised her role of Candy, Kristin Chenoweth took over the role of Valerie, Marc Kudisch assumed the role of Ted and Hunter Foster was cast as Mac. Although costumes and props were utilized, there were no sets and the actors carried their scripts around the stage -- these stagings were merely devised to find investors for the show.

The play did not feature any original songs, the performers sang renditions of '80s pop songs along with several numbers from the film. The play followed the film's story and scenes pretty closely, but a lot of new dialogue was written, a few characters were omitted and there were some other slight deviations here and there. Audio and video recordings of the September 30, 2002 staging are circulating, and several video clips from this performance have surfaced on You Tube.

Despite positive reaction, the timing of the initial staging was bad (coming mere days after the September 11 attacks), and even after subsequent readings, the show never attained the investors needed to become a full-blown production.

Notable Differences

  • Zeebo, Woody and Valerie's nosy neighbor are omitted.
  • Candy's role is expanded.
  • The dance club is changed to a karaoke bar.
  • Ted discovers Mac and Wiploc are aliens much earlier.
  • Two security guards (a combination of all of the policemen seen in the film) attempt to arrest Ted for breaking into his own home, but they ultimately become cohorts in Ted's attempt to expose the aliens.
  • Valerie is wealthy, having received a million dollars from the insurance policies of her deceased parents, and she bought the Curl Up & Dye salon, much to the chagrin of gold-digger Ted.


Actor Role
Kristin Chenoweth Valerie Gail
Julie Brown Candy Pink
Marc Kudisch Dr. Ted Gallagher
Hunter Foster Mac
Deven May Wiploc
Lisa Capps Nurse/Ensemble
Roxanne Barlow Security Guard/Ensemble
Steve Wilson Security Guard/Ensemble

Musical numbers

Act I

Act II
  • "True Colors" - Mac
  • "Atomic" - Valerie
  • "Roam" - Entire Cast
  • "Just Like Fred Astaire" - Mac & Valerie
  • "'Cause I'm a Blonde" - Candy
  • "Should Have Known Better" - Ted
  • "Moonblind" - Mac and Valerie
  • "Scary Kisses" - Valerie, Mac & Cast


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