How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
June 13, 2018 12:20 PM - Subscribe

It's 1977 in the London suburb of Croydon. Young Enn and his punk-loving best friends stumble upon a bizarre gathering on the way to a party. Enn falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious stranger, who in turn is weirdly fascinated by him. Together, they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic, punk rock world of 1970s London that ends in a crazy and unusual showdown.

Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), based on a short story by the same name by Neil Gaiman. Stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas.
posted by gemmy (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Showing in select cities, also available to stream on Amazon.
posted by gemmy at 12:22 PM on June 13, 2018

When I heard of this I could not imagine how they'd make it into a full length feature, but the approach the trailer seems to indicate seems like a good enough one (though I always read the short as a horror/thriller type and I don't get that at all from the trailer). Gaiman told someone on twitter recently that if they thought they liked the tone/feel of the trailer that they'd probably like the film.
posted by phearlez at 1:44 PM on June 13, 2018

I saw it on Amazon, primarily because I mostly like Neil Gaiman's stuff. They added quite a bit to it, but I hadn't read the short story for years so it didn't bother me much. I felt like it was true to to the tone of the original story.

I really enjoyed this movie for what it was. Maybe because I grew up in Europe around that time, and it reminded me very strongly of the aesthetic that came out of the UK in late 70s/early 80s, so it hit some nostalgia notes for me. It has some horror elements, and some frankly rather weird stuff in it, but I didn't think it detracted from what at heart is an odd romance. I also thought Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp were good, although I had a hard time seeing Nicole Kidman as anything but Kidman acting a Kidman role... I have a feeling you will either really like this movie, or you will hate it. The trailer does give a good indication of the tone of the movie, so I think what Neil said is probably likely.
posted by gemmy at 3:40 PM on June 13, 2018

Loved this insane movie! Was never going to be able to end in a way that was as fun as the whole movie but didn't ruin it.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:26 AM on June 22, 2018

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