'Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same' pretty much says it all

'Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same' pretty much says it all

Steve Salles, Standard-Examiner movie critic - March 9th, 2012
2 stars

This is less about lesbians and more about people making a connection, which, it is hoped, will get an audience to look past the title and see what it really is — a sweet little love story with a handful of laughs.

Sweet-natured and shy Jane is an obscure stationery-store clerk who longs to be loved. She catches the eye of a bald, high-collared space alien called Zoinx, who has been sent to Earth to have her heart broken. The joke is, no matter how out of this world these aliens appear (think Coneheads), New Yorkers don’t even give them a second look.

It seems that, on Planet Zots, scientists believe “big feelings” are causing the depletion of the ozone layer. By sending their amorous females to Earth, they believe their spirits can be broken and the ozone saved.

Several have been sent to Earth already, including Zylar, who is listed as “sexually generous,” which means she’s more interested in quantity over quality. She’s the comic-relief floozy of the lot. Her alien roommate, Barr, is listed as codependent, but in reality, she would like nothing more than to tame the wild Zylar.

And finally, there’s Zoinx, who is listed as uncertain, but she is the most serious about finding true love and sets her sights on the adorable Jane.

Trust me, it’s never steamy, just cute.

The space alien expression of love involves placing one’s hand on the other person’s nose. It’s pretty funny.

Other funny bits occur as the aliens try to dance or find something to make them sad. Staring at the revolving dessert tray at a diner brings them to tears. Why? They’ll have to explain.

For some reason, there are two “Men in Black”-type

agents watching the aliens’ every move. Their contribution is minimal and, frankly, a waste of screen time.

That aside, and despite the fact that the film runs out of gas sooner than it should, “CLSASS” is a fun and clever diversion from the run of the mill. It made me smile.


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