Connie And Carla

Movie Review by S Felce

Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella, Dash Mihok
Director: Michael Lembeck

VICTOR VICTORIA meets SOME LIKE IT HOT in this ultimate comedy about cross-dressing and all the troubles that come with it. Only this time it’s actually about women pretending to be men who pretend to be women!

Connie (Nia Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) have been best friends since they were youngsters. They also share the dream to become famous as a singing and dancing duo. While they are waiting for the big day to come, they entertain people in the waiting lounge of their local airport.

One day Connie and Carla witness the murder of their manager and they have to leave town – fast! They decide to hide out in Los Angeles, where they find a job performing in a small nightclub as… drag queens! This turns out to be their chance of fame as the duo become quite celebrated, attracting more and more people to their show at the night club.

The usual misunderstandings and confusions follow with things getting even more complicated when Connie falls for Jeff (David Duchovny), one of the few straight guys in the story and brother of one of the other drag queens in the show.

The plot is not the most original but maybe I was expecting more from Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING who also wrote, starred and executively produced CONNIE AND CARLA. However, CONNIE AND CARLA is still able to sparkle using the old device of cross gender and manages to raise some laughs. Vardalos and Collette work well as a duo and have real singing talent.

If you feel like a light romantic comedy with a bit of a sing-a-long you should be fairly well entertained.

4 out of 6 stars

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