Film / Earth Girls Are Easy

A 1988 science fiction musical romantic comedy based on a novelty song by Julie Brown and starring Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum, as well as Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey before they were famous. Set in an improbably colorful version of the San Fernando Valley wherein bright orange-and-red spacecraft crash-landing in backyard pools and spontaneous musical numbers aren't much cause for comment.

Valerie (Davis) is a nail technician whose relationship with her boyfriend Doctor Ted (Charles Rocket) is going through a rough patch. Valerie's friend at the Salon (Julie Brown) suggests "vixenizing" to get his attention. The rough patch is made rougher when Valerie discovers Ted is a cheat, and a spaceship containing three furry aliens (Goldblum, Wayans and Carrey) lands in Ted's swimming pool. Valerie, being a sweet sort, wants to help the aliens out so takes them to her friend's salon so they can pass for human until the pool is drained, the ship is dried out and capable of taking off. Ted discovers the boys aren't what they seem, but one philandering doctor is no match for a genius alien in love.

Tropes found in this film include:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Zig-zagged. They learn the basics of English from watching TV all day, but they don't speak it immediately very well. And whenever they talk to one another, they always use their own language.
  • Bad Girl Song "Cause I'm a Blonde"
    • Also, "Brand New Girl" which is about a Good Bad Girl teaching the Good Girl heroine how to act bad to get her boyfriend's attention. ("Your beauty's fresh and wholesome, but science has a cure!")
  • Be a Whore to Get Your Man: The entire premise of the "Brand New Girl" number.
    Who's on the most wanted list? A brand new girl!
    Who's the one they can't resist? A brand new girl!
    Honey, if you vixenize, guaranteed he'll get a rise!
  • Blue/Red/Yellow Furred Alien Space Hunk.
  • Brainless Beauty: Lampshaded by the dark-haired Candy in a blonde wig singing "'Cuz I'm a Blond"
    Candy: B...L...I dunno!
  • Defenestrate and Berate: A variation is done by Valerie with many of Ted's prized possessions in "The Ground You Walk On". Ted isn't actually there to get berated, but the spirit of the song does fit.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Two girls want to take Wiploc home once they see what he can do with his tongue.
  • Dumb Blonde: Candy's song sums up the stereotype quite nicely.
  • Exotic Equipment: Just seeing Wiploc use his extremely long and prehensile tongue is enough to make Candy shout, "I want his baby!"
  • Metaphorgotten: "A relationship is like a porcelain nail, Ted. You can break it and you can glue it back together, but it's not going to be as strong as it was unless the person is really committed and not bringing home nurses."
  • Nosy Neighbor: So nosy, in fact, she uses vision and hearing enhancing equipment of a sort you'd expect the FBI to use.
  • Punny Name: The salon in which Valerie and Candy work is called "Curl Up And Dye" (which may be a Shout-Out to the name of the salon where Mystery Woman (Carrie Fisher) works in The Blues Brothers).
  • Title Drop:
    Valerie: I didn't want you to think Earth girls were easy.
    Mac: What is "easy"?
    Valerie: [kissing him] This is "easy".
  • They Would Cut You Up: The reason Mac and Val rescue Wiploc and Zeebo from Ted in the hospital.
  • Token Minority: Lampshaded.
    Zeebo: (Valley Girl accent) Omigod! You're, like, totally black!
  • The Unpronounceable: Mac says his full name once, and everybody else shortens it to Mac thereafter, including Wiploc and Zeebo.
  • Valley Girl: Valerie and Candy serve as adult versions of this trope, with their "likes" and "totallys" and their intellects.