Nice Girls Don't Explode
|Nice Girls Don't Explode|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chuck Martinez|
|Produced by||Douglas Curtis|
|Written by||Paul Harris|
|Music by||Brian Banks
|Cinematography||Stephen M. Katz|
|Edited by||Wende Phifer Mate|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|April 3, 1987|
Nice Girls Don't Explode is a 1987 independently made American comedy film produced by Douglas Curtis, directed by Chuck Martinez, and starring Barbara Harris, Michelle Meyrink, William O'Leary, Wallace Shawn, and James Nardini. The film was released by New World Pictures.
April Flowers (Michelle Meyrink) is kept away from boys by her overprotective mother (Barbara Harris) because flames have a tendency to spontaneously erupt whenever her hormones are aroused; for April, "protection" on a dinner date is carrying a fire extinguisher. As her mother explains, April is a "fire girl," whose very unstable body chemistry causes spontaneous combustion when she is aroused. As such, the only men April meets more than once are firefighters.
When April reconnects with Andy (William O'Leary), a former neighbor who has returned to April's life, he challenges April's and her mother's assumption and presses his luck to prove to her that her hormones are not, in fact, explosive. Hijinks result; as Andy tries to prove his point and get the girl, he is thwarted at every turn by April's mother. Further complications ensue when April befriends a lonely, obsessive pyromaniac named "Ellen" (Wallace Shawn), who becomes incensed at the constant mishearing of his real name "Ellen" for "Helen," after which he throws BIC lighter-flicking snits, trying to set his tormentors ablaze.
Nice Girls Don't Explode had a domestic box-office total of only $65,000.