Connie and Carla

Connie and Carla

4.8 5
Director: Michael Lembeck

Cast: Michael Lembeck, Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny

     
 

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Actress and writer Nia Vardalos, who became an overnight sensation with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, returns to the big screen with this gender-bending comedy. Connie (Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) are best friends who've shared the same dream ever since they were teenagers -- making a name for themselves in the musical theater. However, after years of…  See more details below

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Actress and writer Nia Vardalos, who became an overnight sensation with My Big Fat Greek Wedding, returns to the big screen with this gender-bending comedy. Connie (Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) are best friends who've shared the same dream ever since they were teenagers -- making a name for themselves in the musical theater. However, after years of treading water on Chicago's dinner theater circuit and playing bottom-of-the-barrel nightclubs, the two are facing middle age with minimal career success. One evening after a performance, Connie and Carla have the misfortune of witnessing the murder of nightclub owner Frank (Michael Roberds) by low-level Mafiosi; the gals are seen by the shooters, and they hit the road in fear for their lives. Connie and Carla end up in Los Angeles, where they struggle to create new identities for themselves. After witnessing a drag review at a nightclub, they realize that even they have more talent than most of the men performing that evening, and they decide to pose as female impersonators in hopes of landing a gig. Connie and Carla's new act is an immediate hit, and soon they're the toast of L.A.'s gay community. But the women discover it's difficult to keep on fooling people into believing they're men, and things become even more complicated when the Mobsters discover that Connie and Carla are in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Connie finds herself falling for Jeff (David Duchovny), a regular guy looking for his cross-dressing brother who can't understand why he's developing a crush on a drag queen.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Nia Vardalos probably could have had any project she wanted greenlit after the phenomenal success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding -- easily the biggest sleeper hit in movie history. What she did was fashion a distaff Some Like It Hot that exists solely so that the self-admitted musical theater geek can perform some of her favorite show tunes. On the plus side, the musical performances by Vardalos and co-star Toni Collette are quite good. The duo did their own singing and their voices mesh quite well together. Their joy as they belt out the songs is palpable. Sadly, the rest of the film does not work as well. While the gangster storyline fails to build up either tension or humor, the film's storyline about drag queens seeking acceptance is hammered home with an artistically shameful obviousness. Odds are that anyone interested in a film about women on the run from the mob pretending to be drag queens is already gay friendly, so this entire section of the film is little more than a sermon directed at the converted. And what a boring, unoriginal sermon it is. Greek Wedding may have been slight and derivative, but it was never preachy or earnest. For those that believe in the sophomore slump, Connie and Carla provides a rather fascinating case study.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0096896220332
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nia Vardalos Connie
Toni Collette Carla
David Duchovny Jeff
Stephen Spinella Robert/Peaches
Alec Mapa Lee/N'Cream
Christopher Logan Brian/Banana
Robert Kaiser Paul
Ian Gomez Stanley
Nick Sandow Al
Dash Mihok Mikey
Robert John Burke Rudy
Boris McGiver Tibor
Mike Roberds Frank
Don Ackerman Super Fey Guy
Veena Sood Mrs. Morse
Babs Chula Carla's Mom
Linda Darlow Connie's Mom
Charles Payne Hollywood Policeman
Guy Fauchon Another Super Fey Guy
Gary Jones Bartender
Fiona Hogan Natasha
Ryf Van Rij Cute Guy
Adam Harrington Cute Guy
D. Neil Mark Crooked Cop
Krista Rae Mary
Brittney Wilson Young Carla
Danielle Woodman Young Connie
Kristi Angus Woman in Crowd
Douglas Baird Cameraman
Nicola Crosbie Reporter
Fred Keating Man in Airport
Bart Anderson Man in Airport
June B. Wilde Woman in Airport
Paddy Ma Groove Thing Queen
Jay Williams Groove Thing Queen
Todd Oberg Groove Thing Queen
Kristina Copeland Botox Woman
Chelah Horsdal Botox's Friend
Carl McDonald Dressing Room Guy
Elaine Kliner Snoring Woman in Airport
Douglas McLeod Bass Player
Stephen Cottrill Guitar Player
Lloyd Nicholson Pianist
Gordon Roberts Drummer
Randy Edelman Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Lembeck Director
Stuart Balcomb Musical Arrangement
James Bamford Stunts
Gary Barber Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Paul Bogaev Musical Direction/Supervision
Warren Carr Co-producer
Garvin Cross Stunts
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Randy Edelman Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Ferraro Musical Arrangement
David Finfer Editor
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Richard Greatrex Camera Operator
Kristene Kenward Stunts
Tony Lazarowich Special Effects Supervisor
Francine Maisler Casting
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Cynthia Onrubia Choreography
Connie Parker Makeup
Charles Porlier Makeup
Peter Safran Executive Producer
Robert Stecko Camera Operator
Jasna Stefanovic Production Designer
Stephanie Striegel Associate Producer
Nia Vardalos Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Richard S. Walden Camera Operator
Geoff Wallace Art Director
Kim Weisner Stunts
Rita Wilson Executive Producer

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Connie and Carla 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry that this movie didn't get the rave reviews that Greek Wedding did, because this was a fun, forget-your-troubles movie. I never got bored and my tickle bone loved it, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect but ended up enjoying every minute of it! Some of the humor is slap you in the face funny while other parts are quite subtle and touching. I've seen it twice and will be watching it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why the critics panned this movie! It was funny, sweet, and very amusing without trying too hard or pretending to be something more than an excellent afternoon's entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to just see a movie that makes you feel good, see Connie & Carla.It was funny, romantic and seeing Toni Collett in drag was worth every penny. The musical numbers and the costumes were great. I can't believe the critics didn't like this movie.
Reneewriter More than 1 year ago
Two women, who accidentally witness a murder, go on the run to hide, and end up as two women, pretending to be men, pretending to be women! What's not to love!?