From Prada to Nada

2011

From Prada to Nada

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From Prada to Nada is a modern twist on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, is a new romantic comedy starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, with Kuno Becker and Academy Award (R) nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Actress in a Supporting Role, 2006). It's a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility. The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community. Lionsgate presents in association with Televisa and OddLot Entertainment an OddLot Entertainment Gilbert Films Lionsgate Televisa Hyperion Films production. Película realizada con el estímulo fiscal del Artículo 226 de la Ley del Impuesto Sobre la Renta (Eficine). Directed by Angel Gracia from a screenplay by Fina Torres & Luis Alfaro and Craig Fernandez, from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Alexa PenaVega
as Mary Dominguez
Camilla Belle
as Nora Dominguez
Adriana Barraza
as Aunt Aurelia
Kuno Becker
as Rodrigo
Luis Rosales
as Juanito
Alexis Ayala
as Gabriel Dominguez Sr.
Norma Reyna
as Carmina
José María Negri
as Benjamin Kerensky
Pablo Cruz
as Gabriel Dominguez Jr.
Begoña Narváez
as Carry Sullivan
Adriana Morales
as Chola Leader
Aldonza Vélez
as Angelica Ramirez
Olivario Gareli
as Marco Antonio Ramirez
Harry Porter
as Professor Smith
Alex Garcia
as Max Schoeder
Gregg Lucas
as Richard Pinter
Rosa Maria Soria
as Maria Ramirez
Lorena Martinez
as Rosalita Ramirez
Nydia Garcia
as Esperanza Ramirez
Tina French
as Old Librarian
Pablo Martinez de Velasco
as Pablo the Gardener
Ernesto Arizpe
as Bad Guy 1
Bernardo Leal
as Bad Guy 3
Joana Brito
as Comadre 1
Liliana Cruz
as Comadre 2
Jaime Aleman
as Car Buyer
Susana Contreras
as Elderly Janitor
Geraldine Zinat
as Receptionist
Susana Altamirano
as Cubicle Head
Diana Bovio
as Classmate
Antonio Gonzalez
as Contractor
Tomas Montemayor
as Neighbor Boy
Ersin Pertan
as Salesman
Alexander Aguila
as Store Guard
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Critic Reviews for From Prada to Nada

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

  • It's just predictable rom-com fare in need of a lot more spice.

    Feb 11, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The broad humour and cultural caricatures in the film's opening moments will be especially dispiriting to any English literature professors in the audience.

    Feb 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If the effort to shoehorn Austen's social commentary into a modern context sometimes seems nonsensical or forced, the actors-especially now-grown Spy Kid Vega-have charm to spare.

    Feb 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's something crassly disingenuous about the movie's blatant demographic pandering (hooray for immigration-panic jokes!) and half-a--ed condemnation of gluttony.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Simply put, From Prada To Nada is Sense And Sensibility For Dummies, as set in modern-day Los Angeles.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: C-

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The regrettably titled From Prada to Nada has more in common with a slapped-together TV movie than a timeless comedy of manners.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for From Prada to Nada

  • Feb 14, 2012
    hope this wasn't wilmer's come-back film
    Lily L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D'Agosto, April Bowlby, Kuno Becker, Adriana Barraza, Pablo Cruz, Karla Souza, Alexis Ayala Director: Angel Gracia Summary: Two Latina sisters accustomed to luxury and high style become penniless when their father dies, forcing them to move in with working class relatives, in this spirited comedy loosely based on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." My Thoughts: "I liked the movie. It was just a light dramedy that had some likeable characters. Well likeable by the end, the beginning, not so much. It took some time to warm up to the characters but when I did I didn't hate them. The acting was good by most. But this is one of the better straight to DVD dramedies out these days. Good job by Alexa Vega. Camilla Belle was just lifeless in this role, but you can't blame her for it was the character that made her such a bore. But not a bad film. Even Wilmer Valderrama did a good job in his supporting role. Just a flick that would be good to watch on a long rainy day."
  • Aug 11, 2011
    I thought that this was cute. And when did Wilmer Valderrama grow up to be such a hottie? hmmmm. Anyway, not the best, but definitely enjoyable enough.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2011
    The movie as Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," Latino spinoff doesn't work but if we see it as a stand alone movie it's a little better I'm still not saying the movie is good it feels like cardboard everything is so fake and without substance everything the story, the characters but it is still watchable and a little merit for that it had a lot of star power even that it didn't went too far. There are pros with the movie as far themes go that differ from the usual american Rom-Com Hollywood crap this had romance but emphasized relationships and family values.It deals with education ambition and obstacles for bettering their lives, Everyone seemed real and life like. I cared a great deal about all of the people involved and what happens to them. Unlike other films coming from the genre, this film not only has witty dialog and cleverness without being too sentimental but it takes on the subject of the Hispanic society with just the right touch. The actors involved, of course, have a lot to do with the making of a good film and overall, the actors are perfect for their roles, each one of them bringing a dose of reality to the screen. A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer

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