Lisa Haas and Susan Ziegler in "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien...". Photo by Nat Bouman
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Madeleine Olnek
Clearly inspired by the campy late night monster movies of the ‘50s, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same initially seemed to have potential. The film opened with scenes of an alien space ship that appeared to be two bedazzled pie tins glued together. Unfortunately, after the plot dragged for nearly 40 minutes of the 76-minute film, I lost hope. Part love story and part sci-fi adventure, Lesbian Space Alien, tells the story of three lesbian space aliens who have been sent to Manhattan to have their heart broken. Their planet believes that their “big feelings” are eating the ozone layer and that a broken heart will help save the alien nation. When the aliens land, they struggle severely to relate to the Earthlings. They are totally bald, rock weird space alien collars, speak in monotone voices and have an utter lack of social skills, asking things like, “is it permissible for me to touch you?” Eventually one of the aliens finds love after meeting an awkward woman who works in a greeting card store. Occasionally the alien’s attempts to blend in with the humans come across as amusing, but more often then not the dialogue simply isn’t strong enough to hold up the camp factor.