At this weekend’s Disney’s D23 Expo, the Walt Disney Company showered fans with a wealth of news from the studios and its properties. One of the most entertaining reveals was not from their theme parks or films, but rather from a new show coming to their Disney Plus streaming platform: The World According to Jeff Goldblum, an inside look into various aspects of life seen through the eyes of actor Jeff Goldblum.
It’s a straightforward idea for a show, but the concept is amplified by Goldblum’s unique way of interpreting his surroundings. Simple concepts like expensive sneakers, ice cream or denim are poured over with whimsy and wonder, as if these concepts were alien.
The topics are all mundane, yet Goldblum’s interpretation and interactions with them all raised the question: Is Jeff Goldblum actually just an alien? Several people wondered that same thought out loud on Twitter during D23.
I have this working theory that Jeff Goldblum isn't actually human. He's just this very chic alien who is doing, like, a so-so job of fitting in on our planet and everyone's okay with it. https://t.co/HMEEOaJkOv— Geraldine (@everywhereist) August 24, 2019
While Goldblum’s behavior on the red carpet made onlookers aware of the actor’s potential extraterrestrial origins, I hardly saw a reason to question it. The answer was already revealed back in 1988 in the film, Earth Girls Are Easy, which anyone can stream for free right now on YouTube.
The plot surrounds a manicurist named Valerie (Geena Davis) who has been having a troubled romance with her husband. Frustrated with their lack of intimacy, Valerie finds solace when three aliens crash land in her pool. Her visitors, Mac (Jeff Goldblum), Wiploc (Jim Carrey) and Zeebo (Damon Wayans), are three hairy, brightly colored, bipedal aliens. Instead of being frightened by the surprise arrival of aliens in her backyard, Valerie invites them in. Once she learns that they can quickly grasp our human language and pop culture, she enlisted the aid of her friend Candy (Julie Brown) to give them makeovers.
After a quick shave and outfitting the aliens with an appropriate wardrobe, it turns out they aren’t scary aliens underneath the fur, but total hunks. With their new friends dolled up and ready to go, Valerie and Candy take the aliens out to experience the Los Angeles nightlife scene.
What follows is what you’d expect from a film of this era. It’s weird, hyper colorful, problematic, and absolutely makes good on the question of whether Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum could have interspecies sex. The movie stands as an unlikely, pleasant follow up to the pair’s previous time on screen together in David Cronenberg frightening classic from 1986, The Fly.
Earth Girls Are Easy is a bizarre vestige of its time, mashing up genres like science fiction, musicals, and romantic comedy. Its existence is dwarfed by the bright careers each of its stars had after the film. It’s not a great movie, but a bizarrely captivating one that has been in the back of my mind since its release. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor George Anderson summed up the film in the most succinct way possible and I can’t help but agree, saying that it, “is so cheerful about so many stupid things that you cannot, in good conscience, endorse it, but you may be tempted to adopt it.”
If The World According to Jeff Goldblum left you wondering if Jeff Goldblum is an alien, go immediately to YouTube. The truth is out there.