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Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (Madeline Olnek | New York, NY | 76 min.)
Called "A hilarious date movie for couples of all orientations" by the Hollywood Reporter, New York playwright and filmmaker Madeleine Olnek's feature-length debut is the joyously campy tale of extraterrestrial lesbians banished to Earth to experience heartbreak and rid themselves of love, a feeling that clouds up the atmosphere on their home planet. Shot in expressive black-and-white, the movie lovingly sends up 1950's-era sci-fi while honestly dealing with the intricacies of contemporary relationships.
When Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same played in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival, it instantly garnered acclaim for maintaining appeal for genre fans while addressing serious aspects of urban companionship and relationship drama that anyone can understand. With a blend of sophistication and bittersweet vibes, Olnek announces herself as the Roger Corman of Queer Cinema with this highly entertaining low budget effort.
Although it lovingly spoofs B-movie conventions, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (which plays at Rooftop during Gay Pride weekend) also smartly deconstructs the nuances of the New York dating scene, most notably with a hilarious scene on the dance floor of a crowded pub. Nevertheless, the movie's greatest accomplishment is its emotional core. Olnek manages to legitimately portray the highs and lows of relationships among people with conflicted interests. Few other romantic comedies made today deserve that description.
- Eric Kohn