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Connie and Carla Movie Review

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Nia Vardalos, in her follow-up to the hugely successful My Big Fat Greek Wedding, suggests that she may be a one-hit wonder with Connie and Carla, an annoying, silly and stupid film that is an ultimate drag - pun intended.

Vardalos stars as Connie, who, along with Carla (Toni Collette), head to Los Angeles to hide after witnessing a man get murdered by the mafia. Terrible singers and performers, they find that they have a place in drag, so they pretend to be men dressed up as women to make money. Their show somehow makes it big (because apparently gay men have good taste in everything except for when it comes to musical performances), but it is only a matter of time before the mob catches up with them - and Connie has to reveal her true identity to the man that she has fallen in love with (played by David Duchovny).

The concept of women dressing up as men dressing up as women has potential, but Connie and Carla falls flat on its face. The movie is nothing more than a screechy version of Sister Act, only without any redeeming jokes. The two main characters, especially Carla, are extremely annoying - it's a bad sign when you actually want the mob to kill them. Duchovny is the only person really worth watching, as he brings a more realistic tone to the whole spiel.

Little else can be said. I fast-forwarded through certain parts, especially some of the many musical numbers that the leads perform. I've never really been a fan of watching drag shows, so that probably doesn't help - Connie and Carla will probably only appeal to those that can relate, and that is a pretty limited audience.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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