It's 2036 AD, and space aliens have not only landed on Earth but also maybe forever changed the economy, too. That's the main premise of the sci-fi comedy-drama Landscape With Invisible Hand. Directed by Corey Finley, this film takes us on a journey into a futuristic world where landscaping and the invisible hand of the economy coexist.
Landscape With Invisible Hand mashes up the teen romantic comedy and alien-invasion horror genres to campy, mixed results. The story revolves around a group of Earthlings who find themselves impoverished and unemployed after an alien species, known as the Vuvv, arrives on the planet. As the economy collapses, the protagonist discovers a unique way to make a living through landscaping.
Based on M. T. Anderson's young adult novel, Landscape With Invisible Hand, this film adaptation brings a smart but strangely lackluster portrayal of the story. The protagonist, played by Tiffany Haddish, navigates the challenges of economic imperialism, social media, and the presence of aliens while trying to build a successful landscaping business.