Posted by Valentina Valentini on August 17, 2012 at 1:52 am
Right off the bat I’m just going to say it: You should definitely go see Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same during its short, one-week run at The Downtown Independent beginning today.
Between the film’s title and not having watched a trailer, I really had no clue what I was getting into when I hit play. But sometimes that’s the most exciting way to watch a movie – I try to do it as often as I can, which ends up being less often because through all the channels of communication these days I inevitably hear about a film one way or another.
Madeleine Olnek gives her audience an odd and endearing look into the often hazy world of falling in and out of love. And she does so from another world, literally – the planet Zots. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter what sexual orientation you are, I guarantee that you’ll find something to relate to or laugh at in this offbeat comedy about three aliens who are sent on a mission to rid themselves of romantic emotions, which are considered toxic to their planet’s atmosphere, and go to Earth to have their hearts broken (because that’s what humans do to each other, isn’t it?).
It is shot in black and white with amateur visual effects (the spaceship is, from what I can discern, a Chipotle to-go container with tiny LED lights poking out through the sides), but none of this distracts from the comically deadpan dialogue delivered in excellent ‘alien monotone’ by Susan Ziegler (Zoinx), Jackie Monahan (Zylar), and Cynthia Kaplan (Barr).
“You are very lucky to be experiencing the first blog from the sexiest alien on Earth,” spouts Zylar in her dating video blog. “I have no hair on my head, but the pavement matches the concrete.”
She finishes this sentence with an odd wink.
I rewound it and watched it again because it was by far one of the funniest deliveries of a pick-up line I’ve ever heard.
Co-starring in the production is Alex Karpovsky – this past year’s Indie Everyman, as he’s be seen writing and directing his own projects, starring in a Sundance favorite Sleepwalk with Me, and co-starring in Lena Dunham’s Girls. Karpovsky, as talented as he is odd-looking, plays one of two undercover governments agents sent to monitor alien activity on Earth (think Men in Black but much, much less cool). His partner is played by Dennis Davis, who, according to IMDB looks as though he’s never acted before. Nevertheless, the dynamic between the two agents is outright hysterical. I’m not sure if a lot of it was improv, as the pace made it seem that way, but they discuss everything from Boston cream vs. jelly donuts, The Little Mermaid-themed weddings, and knowing the difference between ‘lesbians’ and ‘just girlfriends going out to the movies.’
A thoroughly enjoyable and totally weird rom-com – like I said, go see it.