How to Talk to Girls at Parties (film)

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties
How to Talk to Girls at Parties poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Produced by
  • Iain Canning
  • Howard Gertler
  • John Cameron Mitchell
  • Emile Sherman
Screenplay by
Based on How to Talk to Girls at Parties
by Neil Gaiman
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Frank G. DeMarco
Edited by Brian A. Kates
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21) (Cannes)
  • May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11) (United Kingdom)
  • May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $3.8 million
Box office $208,564 [2]

How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a 2017 science fiction romantic comedy film directed by John Cameron Mitchell and written by Philippa Goslett and Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The film stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas. Principal photography began on November 9, 2015 in Sheffield.

The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017.[3][4] It was released in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018, by StudioCanal UK, and in the United States on May 25, 2018, by A24.

Premise[edit]

Young Enn and his best friends stumble upon a bizarre gathering of teenagers who 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 who becomes fascinated with him. Together, they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic, punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that leads to the ultimate showdown between punks and aliens.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

A feature film adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties was scheduled to begin shooting by See-Saw Films in the UK in fall 2015, produced by Howard Gertler alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.[5]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on November 9, 2015 in Sheffield, which would be standing in for London.[6][7]

Release[edit]

In September 2015, A24 acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[8] It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017.[9][10] It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018[11] and in the United States on May 25, 2018.[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 47% based on 78 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties has energy and ambition, but is ultimately too unfocused to do much with either — or develop its themes into a cohesive whole."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter stated that despite the charming characters of Elle Fanning (a curious alien) and Nicole Kidman (a nihilistic low priestess), its attempts to "add political substance feels less than half-cooked" and in effect sacrifices "narrative cohesion" and "overcomplicates" Neil Gaiman's 18-page story.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (April 13, 2017). "Sofia Coppola, Todd Haynes, Michael Haneke, Bong-Joon Ho & 'Twin Peaks' Lead 2017 Cannes Film Festival Line Up". The Playlist. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved June 7, 2018. 
  3. ^ "The 2017 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Winfrey, Graham (13 April 2017). "2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, 'Twin Peaks' and More". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (13 May 2015). "Nicole Kidman set to join See-Saw's 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'". ScreenDaily. Screen International. Retrieved 21 August 2015. Nicole Kidman is in advanced talks to join John Cameron Mitchell’s anticipated comedy-romance How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which is readying for an autumn shoot in the UK. 
  6. ^ SSN Insider Staff (November 13, 2015). "On the Set for 11/13/15: Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez Start on 'Tomboy', Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger Wrap 'Midnight Sun'". SSN Insider. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Whiteman, Bobbie (15 November 2015). "FIRST LOOK: Elle Fanning is out of this world as she starts filming alien role for new sci-fi How To Talk To Girls At Parties... set in London's 70s punk scene". The Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Jaafar, Ali (September 15, 2015). "John Cameron Mitchell's 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' Acquired By A24 – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ Alvarez, Joe; Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara (22 May 2017). "How to Chat to Girls at Parties Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy; Evans, Greg (April 13, 2017). "Cannes Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, 'Twin Peaks'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "How to Talk to Girls At Parties". Launching Films. Film Distributors' Association. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ "How to Talk to Girls at Parties". BoxOfficeMojo. Retrieved April 20, 2018. 
  13. ^ "How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 3 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "How to Talk to Girls at Parties Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  15. ^ Rooney, David (21 May 2017). "'How to Talk to Girls at Parties': Film Review | Cannes 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 

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