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How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)

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An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.


Philippa Goslett (screenplay by), John Cameron Mitchell (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Ruth Wilson ... PT Stella
Elle Fanning ... Zan
Nicole Kidman ... Boadicea
Alex Sharp ... Enn
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Jerry, The Record Exec
Elarica Johnson ... Dark Stella (as Elarica Gallacher)
Matt Lucas ... PT Wain
Tom Brooke ... PT Waldo
Eloise Smyth ... Savage Sue
Joanna Scanlan ... Marion, Enn's mum
Lara Peake ... Wainswain
Joey Ansah ... PT Bob
Hebe Beardsall ... Ari Up
Nansi Nsue ... Melissa (1st Colony)
Edward Petherbridge ... PT First


In the '70s, punk-loving teen Enn (Alex Sharp) attempts to crash a party in the London suburbs. He ends up at the wrong house where he encounters a kooky, conformist cult, which includes the naive Zan (Elle Fanning). They hit it off before Enn learns that she is actually a repressed humanoid alien on Earth to complete a fatal ritual. Enn appeals to the punk scene to help both emotionally and physically liberate the lady he's fallen for. Directed by John Cameron MItchell. Based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman.

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Talk to the Girl. Save the World. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some drug use and nudity. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo enamorar a una chica punk See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$84,809, 14 June 2018
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Did You Know?


Second collaboration between Nicole Kidman and Matt Lucas. They previously co-starred in Paddington (2014). See more »


Queen Boadicea: Evolve or die, love
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Crazy Credits

No aliens were harmed in the making of this film. See more »


Performed by Amber Martin
Written by Brett Every
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A Brilliant Film With a Horrible Title
16 October 2018 | by mzand-751-539572See all my reviews

Don't be deceived by the completely inaccurate title of this film. "How to Talk...." is one of the most original, off-the-wall, movies I've ever seen. Period. Based on a Neil Gaiman (American Gods) short story and Co-written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell (who also wrote and directed Hedwig and the Angry Inch - which I didn't care for) "How to Talk.." starts off in 1985 with a trio of punk friends (as in punk music) going out for a night of music and sex but goes places that you couldn't imagine in your wildest dreams and literally ends up out of this world. A cast of talented unknowns along with stars like Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning make this unique and one-of-a-kind film one of my favorites of the last ten years. A great film sabotaged by its misleading title.

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