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Connie and Carla (2004)

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Critic Consensus: The two female leads, as well as energitic musical numbers, enliven an otherwise silly reworking of Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot.

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Connie and Carla are two small-town 'girls' whose dreams of stardom have taken them nowhere. From their debut in a school cafeteria to their current gig slinging drinks and belting out tunes at a Midwestern airport lounge, the singing and dancing duo simply refuse to let the less-than-enthusiastic crowd response dampen their showbiz drive. For Connie and Carla, everything's coming up roses, nay saying boyfriends and snoring audience members notwithstanding. The girls lose one of their few supporters when their boss Frank ends up on the wrong end of a criminal deal--a scene they unfortunately happen to witness. Quicker than a fast change in the second act, Connie and Carla pack up their battered dreams and extensive assortment of wigs and costumes and hit the road, running for their lives. Convinced the killers will never look for them in a place utterly devoid of culture, the pair ends up in the Land of Dreamers, Los Angeles. In a new place with new identities, they create a cover (with a lot of cover-up) that makes them the toast of the town--headlining in a local drag club, they soon find the acclaim that has always eluded them, singing the show tunes they've always loved. Being famous is their dream come true--who cares if includes a tiny little lie? But trying to keep their secret turns out to be a real drag, especially when Connie meets Jeff, a real nice guy with whom she'd really like to be a real girl.
Rating:
PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references)
Genre:
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$7,976,065.00
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Cast

Nia Vardalos
as Connie
Stephen Spinella
as Robert/Peaches
Alec Mapa
as Lee/N'Cream
Christopher Logan
as Brian/Brianna
Ian Gomez
as Stanley
Dash Mihok
as Mikey
Don Ackerman
as Super Fey Guy
Veena Sood
as Mrs. Morse
Babs Chula
as Carla's Mom
Linda Darlow
as Connie's Mom
Charles Payne
as Hollywood Policeman
Guy Fauchon
as Another Super Fey Guy
Gary Jones
as Bartender
Fiona Hogan
as Natasha
Ryf Van Rij
as Cute Guy
Adam Harrington
as Cute Guy
D. Neil Mark
as Crooked Cop
Krista Rae
as Mary
Brittney Wilson
as Young Carla
Danielle Woodman
as Young Connie
Kristi Angus
as Woman in Crowd
Douglas Baird
as Cameraman
Nicola Crosbie
as Reporter
Fred Keating
as Man in Airport
June B. Wilde
as Woman in Airport
Paddy Ma
as Groove Thing Queen
Jay Williams
as Groove Thing Queen
Todd Oberg
as Groove Thing Queen
Kristina Copeland
as Botox Woman
Chelah Horsdal
as Botox's Friend
Carl McDonald
as Dressing Room Guy
Elaine Kliner
as Snoring Woman in Airport
Douglas McLeod
as Bass Player
Stephen Cottrill
as Guitar Player
Gordon Roberts
as Drummer
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Critic Reviews for Connie and Carla

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (34)

There are funny moments ... but the film grows progressively more dispirited.

Full Review… | April 22, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

... just awful.

April 19, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Isn't really a movie but a blatant girls' night out vehicle.

Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

It may not be subtle, but, like drag itself, Connie and Carla affords a few corny, if artless, pleasures.

Full Review… | April 16, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Connie And Carla never manages to rise above the airport-lounge aesthetic of its title characters.

Full Review… | April 16, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Connie and Carla is one of those movies that sneaks up on you, in spite of yourself.

April 16, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Connie and Carla

I don't know what to say here, it's not awfully bad or superbly good. I like the story but the acting is so bad, not from Nia or Toni off course. It's campy fun but too campy.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

½

Hi-freakin-larious! And who doesn't love a cameo appearance by Debbie Reynolds?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Borrowing liberally from Sister Act, Victor/Victoria, Some Like It Hot and Thelma & Louise amongst others, Connie And Carla was a lot better, in my opinion of course, than the extremely bad press it got in the UK suggested.

Two friends trying to make it big, but failing, with their cabaret act (they play to a disinterested crowd of jet-lagged individuals at airport lounges), witness a murder, and are discovered doing so, by members of a local mob. Fearing for their lives, they flee to Los Angeles where they find success with their act by posing as drag queens (which makes them women posing as men dressed as women) at a dwindling gay bar. Inevitably, one of their pair becomes romantically interested in a straight guy, and with their act becoming more successful they risk having their secrets found out and the mob catching up with them.

Things start to fall apart a bit around the time of the cameo appearance of a certain someone (whose shtick was served much better in smaller doses in episodes of Will & Grace), and it seems like the story has nowhere else to go. The film ends predictably amid much talk of the meaning of being true to oneself, but the happy ending isn't oversold. Toni Collette is good in pretty much everything she does, and I have to admit that I've probably added an extra half star because of her presence and her fantastic ad-libs. Nia Vardalos is also less punchable here than she was in My Big Fat Greek Weeding, and David Duchovny thankfully keeps it low key as the love interest. The laughs are hit and miss at times, but as a whole the film is worth a watch and passes the time quite nicely.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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