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LAist Review: Earth Sucks

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No insult instended, but it would be tremendously foolish not to see Eath Sucks.

Think about Earth Girls Are Easy, by way of Little Shop of Horrors, combined with Phantom of the Paradise. If you can kind of conjure up what that might be like, you're halfway to getting a sense of Earth Sucks, an hilarious* (and kinda brilliant) take on the history of Rock N Roll, America during the Bush era, and the frustrated teenage sex drive as seen through the eyes of a precocious 16 year old, and the extraterrestrial rock band she befriends in her quest to get the hell away from this boring rock we call home.

It also might be the best movie musical in 20 years (even if it can be seen only on the Stage.**)

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Echo Bell (Emily Stern***) the aforementioned teenager is the only daughter of her lonely, NASA scientist Father (Christopher Fairbanks), a man who spends most of his time working on a top secret space program project, keeping depressing secrets from his daughter, and basically driving an emotional wedge between the two of them. She spends her time with her friends, piano lessons and using her father's discarded NASA technology to pick up transmission from outer space, and send some of her own.

Given the title, you can guess that Outer Space answers her fairly unambiguously, in this case with the timely arrival of a cleverly named interstellar rock band, "Citizens of Earth*****", who also just happen to be the only survivors of an Alien Apocalypse in which their homeworld was conquered by evil galactic disco-pop star Ulinia Swords (The impressively Tina Turnerish Nakia Syvonne). Ulinia just happens to have a plan to destroy the entire universe for reasons that almost make sense, and it's up to Echo and Citizens of Earth to stop her (and somehow make it alive to the thrilling and totally satisfying conclusion.) In between, national secrets are revealed, the untold history of popular music is un-untold, and Echo learns a sincerely touching lesson about getting the hell away from where you're from and somehow learning to love it anyway.