This late-1980s comedy-musical from video director Julien Temple (Absolute Beginners
) has an infectiously buoyant if dumb charm and plays like a cross between Little Shop of Horrors
and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
. If you loved either of those movies, you will have a fondness for this one, otherwise you will be irritated beyond belief. Geena Davis stars as a San Fernando Valley manicurist who finds herself in charge of three aliens after they crash-land their spaceship in her pool. With said transport broken down, Davis offers them head-to-toe makeovers (it's the least she can do), turns the fuzzy aliens into a trio of attractive guys, and lets them loose on the dating scene. She promptly falls in love with the leader (Davis's then-husband Jeff Goldblum); of course, it helps that her slimy fiancé (Charles Rocket) is cheating on her left and right. Aside from its sunny California charm, the only other thing this film has to offer is a bouncy musical score, in particular two show-stopping numbers performed by co-star (and the film's co-writer) Julie Brown: "Brand New Girl", in which Davis gets the requisite makeover ("If you want to be a femme fatale/You can't rest on your L'Oreals!"), and the entirely irrelevant but absolutely hilarious cult hit "'Cause I'm a Blonde". Davis does her standard airhead thing (still a novelty in 1989) and Goldblum is a studly if silent lead. Make sure you pay close attention to Goldblum's alien sidekicks, two then-unknown actors named Jim Carrey
and Damon Wayans
, both of whom manage to steal scenes with surprisingly understated charm. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com
1980s comedy starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Jim Carrey. Upon discovering that three hairy aliens, Mac (Goldblum), Wiploc (Carrey) and Zeebo (Damon Wayans), have crash-landed in her swimming pool, Californian manicurist Valerie (Davis) enlists the help of her hairdresser friend to shave the hirsute trio. Underneath their fur, the aliens are actually quite attractive and pass easily for humans. Valerie takes them out for a good time in Los Angeles and, following a split from her fiancé Dr. Ted Gallagher (Charles Rocket), begins to fall for Mac. It is not long, however, before the extraterrestrials find themselves in a spot of trouble. As they prepare to leave Earth, Valerie comes to realise with whom her heart really lies...