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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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nia Vardalos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
Box Office: $8.0M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Stephen Spinella
as Robert/Peaches
Alec Mapa
as Lee/N'Cream
Christopher Logan
as Brian/Brianna
Ian Gomez
as Stanley
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 Gu...
Gary Jones
as Bartender
Fiona Hogan
as Natasha
Ryf Van Rij
as Cute Guy
D. Neil Mark
as Crooked Cop
Brittney Wilson
as Young Carla
Danielle Woodman
as Young Connie
Kristi Angus
as Woman in Crowd
Douglas Baird
as Cameraman
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 Air...
Douglas McLeod
as Bass Player
Stephen Cottrill
as Guitar Player
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Critic Reviews for Connie and Carla

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (38)

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

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

The plot is nothing new; not much here for teens.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

For audiences who adored "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," Nia Vardalos' follow up movie (she wrote both scripts) will come as a big fat letdown.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

The movie does offer some genuine guffaws as it trips over itself to be all things to all people.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

muitos espectadores talvez julguem melhor economizar o dinheiro do ingresso do cinema, utilizando-o para comprar o CD do filme.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Vardalos is a much better actress than she is a writer, and the patchy script has a desperate, thrown-together feeling to it, as if she had to scramble to come up with something after Wedding's gargantuan success.

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Connie and Carla

½

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

aliceinpunderland
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.

danieljparsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

A weird kind of tolerable.

wbgoose13
William Goss

Super Reviewer

Connie and Carla Quotes

Tibor: You need a baritone?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Mary: They're freaks.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Connie: We've gotta go some place where we can just blend in. Someplace where they'd never look for us cause there's no theater, no musical theater, no dinner theater, no culture at all.
Carla: Las Angeles!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Al: You're like sad, you know. After all these years, just face the fact it's not going to happen and give up.
Carla: Al, I only have one life. I want it to be a happy one.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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