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Connie and Carla (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: Apr 16, 2004
• UK: 11 Jun 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 17, 2004
• R2: 25 Oct 2004
BoxOffice: $8.0M

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references.

Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country USA

Studio Barber, Birnbaum, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Playtone, Spyglass Entertainment

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• Connie and Carla (2004)
• Connie and Carla Do L.A.

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Genre: Comedy, Gangsters, Gay/Lesbian, Murder, Buddies, Campy

Tagline: When you follow your dream, there's no telling what you'll become.

Plot: Vardalos and Collette play Connie and Carla, two struggling Chicago dinner theater performers who accidentally witness a mafia hit... and who subsequently hit the road, running for their lives. Assuming the killers will never look for them in a place devoid of culture, the pair head to Los Angeles, where they assume new identities and find their middling talent at song and dance perfectly suited to new careers-as drag queens. Much to their surprise, they inadvertently become the toast of the cabaret circuit. As their ruse becomes increasingly difficult to maintain, they discover that it is indeed lonely at the top, especially after Connie meets Jeff (Duchovny), a guy she'd really like to be a real girl with. With the mafia zeroing in and the line separating their onstage/offstage personas blurring beyond the point of recognition, Connie and Carla soon discover the power of not compromising to pursue your dreams, fighting the good fight, and never, never underestimating the transformative power of cosmetics.

Connie (NIA VARDALOS) and Carla (TONI COLLETTE) 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

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 External Reviews
external linkLike an extra large pizza, "Connie and Carla" is broad and cheesy, yet it is not utterly without a kind of junk-food appeal. Exactly how broad is this "Some Like It Hot"-inspired comedy about a pair of second-rate singers who pose as male drag queens in order to hide from a mobster named Rudy?

external linkThe premise is strikingly similar to Victor/Victoria, with My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos as the singing and dancing lead character. Unlike its much better predecessor, C and C is a sluggish and unfunny mess where its gaiety gets lost in an unneeded, heavy-handed melodrama. 2/5
--David Levine (

external linkThe cheerfully inane comedy "Connie and Carla" all but suffocates beneath a high-stepping, show-stopping, ear-splitting deluge of musical theater staples, from "Cats" to "Oklahoma!," "Jesus Christ Superstar" to "Fiddler on the Roof." 2/4
--Megan Lehmann (New York Post)

external linkNia Vardalos and Toni Collette sing. They dance. They dress up as drag queens. The movie all but shouts: "You go, girl!"
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)

external linkComes across as more of a short sketch rather than a feature length film. C
--Gareth Von Kallenbach (Lee's Movie Info)

external linkThe brassy cross-dressing farce ''Connie and Carla'' shows that Hollywood still gets the jitters about gender-bending. Forgetting that a daily parade of sexual and sartorial hybrids troops through the country's living rooms on shows like Jerry Springer's, it exhibits Hollywood's usual two-faced attitude when dealing with gender and sexual role-playing.
--Stephen Holden (The New York Times)

 Directed by
Michael Lembeck
The Santa Clause 2, Mad About You, The Santa Clause 3
 Written by
Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Meet Prince Charming, Greece: Secrets of the Past
Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Meet Prince Charming, Greece: Secrets of the Past
Toni Collette
The Sixth Sense, About a Boy, The Hours
David Duchovny
Zoolander, The X Files, Evolution
Debbie Reynolds
Singin' in the Rain, In & Out, The Bodyguard
Stephen Spinella
The Jackal, Great Expectations, Ravenous
Alec Mapa
Bright Lights, Big City, A New Life, Hard Pill
Chris Logan
Saving Silverman, Freezerburn
 Music By
Randy Edelman
The Mask, The Whole Nine Yards, xXx

external link"Connie and Carla" plays like a genial amateur theatrical, the kind of production where you'd like it more if you were friends with the cast. The plot is creaky, the jokes are laborious, and total implausibility is not considered the slightest problem. Written by and starring Nia Vardalos, it's a disappointment after her hilarious "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." 1.5/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external linkConnie and Carla are so focused on themselves that everyone else’s life is expendable. This film could have risen above its shallow depth if there had been at least a glimpse of reality in the outcome of their choices. That is the difference between a cartoon and a real comedy. 2/4
--Denny Wayman and Hal Conklin (Cinema in Focus)

external linkAs with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Vardalos turns her eye on a community for the effect of a soft, faintly exploitative humor, but not an empathetic one. 2/5
--Kimberley Jones (Austin Chronicle)

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