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Connie and Carla (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 16 April 2004 (USA)
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A mob mix-up in Chicago sends two chanteuses screaming for L.A., where they score a perfect gig: posing as drag queens on the dinner theater/cabaret circuit. Things get extra-weird when a guy falls for one of the girls.

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Director: P.J. Hogan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Connie
... Carla
... Jeff
... Robert / Peaches
... Lee / N'Cream
... Brian / Brianna
Robert Kaiser ... Paul
... Stanley
... Al
... Mikey
... Rudy
... Tibor
... Super Fey Guy
... Herself (Special Appearance)
... Mrs. Morse
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After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in the Windy City, gal pals Connie and Carla skip town for L.A., where they go way undercover as singers working the city's dinner theater circuit ... as drag queens. Now, it's not enough that they become big hits on the scene; things get extra-weird when Connie meets Jeff -- a guy she'd like to be a woman with. Written by Anonymous

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When you follow your dream, there's no telling what you'll become. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »
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Spyglass Entertainment | Universal

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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Connie and Carla Do L.A.  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,254,940, 18 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,054,280, 30 May 2004
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Nia Vardalos real life husband plays the owner of the club. See more »

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When Carla is going through her coke-induced monologue on the side of the road and Connie climbs back into the front seat, Carla's seatbelt goes from off to on to off again between shots before they both put their seatbelts on as they are getting back on the road. See more »

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Jeff: [acting like a drag queen] Stripes! Mary holy Martha Stewart's prison collection! I've got three words for you Miss Thing, no, no, no, and four words, yesterday!
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References Hairspray (1988) See more »

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I Can't Say No
Written by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Toni Collette (uncredited), Nia Vardalos (uncredited)
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Lots of Fun
19 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

If you go looking for an Academy favorite, you'll not enjoy this film. If you want to laugh yourself silly and just have a romp with fun, this will be a blast.

Toni Collette is perfect as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. From the moment she catches herself NOT lowering her voice followed by an attempt at a drag queen's overdone smile, she wins you over. Her silly and girlish character is a winner....especially after opening an unknown package in the car.

Nia Vardalos will never win an acting award, but still has fun developing her own roles that she clearly writes for herself. She exudes self confidence, taking on the leadership role of the friendship. She allows us to see the weaknesses of her character here, however, making it a happy departure from My Big Fat Greek Wedding where she was so full of self doubt.

You'll be hardpressed to find better on screen chemistry between any two people that will be beat Collette and Vardalos in Connie and Carla.

David Duchovney and Stephan Spinella are also highly effective in the role as anguished brothers, ultimately proving the well known theory about blood and water. Duchoveny, within moments can make you hate his character and then go doe eyed for him again. Spinella came close to making me cry.

These four are surrounded by a wonderful ensemble cast, who were gratefully not over stereotyped. They were not portrayed as bitchy, fingernail weilding mockerys of the drag queen stereotype, but rather as caring individuals who feel they have a common bond and love enough to go around, regardless of your orientation, job description, or gender.

Go see this one. Even is it's just for the music, which by the way, is awesome!


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