Roger EbertFull Review Above Average ...premiered to very mixed reviews at Cannes... Ultimately, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties” is like a hyperactive kid at a punk rock show—full of great energy and ambition, but not too sure what to do with it. ...there's a laudable lunacy to "How to Talk to Girls at Parties” that makes it hard to hate.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average But nothing, not even his engagement with hormonal youth and D.I.Y. esprit de corps and high-volume rock & roll, can make this off-key ode to young love sing, or even righteously shriek. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is all feedback. It talks loud and says next to nothing.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average What you're left with in How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a tangle of fraying themes and ideas, a mess of incongruent scenes, and, when the thing draws to a close, a sense of enormous weight being lifted. The film expects us to be compelled by an undercooked love story, and troubled by unexplained cosmic politics.
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Enn 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, 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.