HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES Trailer: John Cameron Mitchell’s Boy-Meets-Alien-Girl Story

Watch the latest trailer for A24 and Film 4's boy-meets-alien punk romance, directed by John Cameron Mitchell and adapted from the Neil Gaiman short story.

Romance can be hard, especially when you’re a punk and she’s an alien.

Adapted from the Hugo-nominated short story of the same name by Neil GaimanHow to Talk to Girls at Parties has dropped its first trailer, and it looks like a joyous, anarchic good time. Set in the punk world of ’70s London, the genre-hopping romantic comedy sees lovesick punk teen Enn (Alex Sharp) stumble into a strange house party run by latex-clad aliens, all hoping to learn the ways of humanity while coming of age. There, he meets and falls in love with alien teen Zan (Elle Fanning), leading to a punks-versus-aliens showdown that somehow involves Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, and a whole lotta punk wigs. It looks great. 

Co-written (along with Philippa Goslet) and directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus), the film looks like it’ll combine Gaiman’s cheeky, satirical sci-fi sensibility with Mitchell’s love of punk theatricality to create something magical.

Check out the trailer and read the official synopsis below:

From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman (“American Gods,” CORALINE) and glam-rock multi-hyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, SHORTBUS) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES.  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. 

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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