Connie And Carla [VHS]
Exuberant gender-bending comedy punctuated with musical numbers, starring Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette as best friends Connie and Carla. The two women have always dreamed of fame and fortune, but are instead stuck with a career on the bottom rung of the showbiz ladder, playing Chicago's wine bar circuit and approaching middle age fast. After witnessing the murder of a nightclub owner, the pair are forced to go on the run and conceal their true identities. Arriving in Los Angeles, the women soon discover an ingenious way to let their many talents shine: they pose as drag queens in a gay club - an act that gets complicated when Connie finds herself falling in love with Jeff (David Duchovny), a straight guy who comes to the club to look for his cross-dressing brother...
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The film is directed by Michael Lembeck who has more TV experience than film, which is why this comedy ends up having a little too much of the sit-com feel about it. Not helping that "TV" feel is Nia Vardalos and David Duchovny turning in two fairly two-dimensional, though still perfectly funny, performances. Hugely hilarious is Toni Collette, whose transformation into a drag queen would be scary in its believability if it weren't so funny.
There are instances where the dialogue becomes so sacchrine as to be sickening, and there is a sense that you are sometimes beaten over the head with "the moral of the story", but all that is worth it for the cabaret numbers. Brilliantly staged, at times hilarious, they make this film incredibly watchable.
The DVD transfer is also highly enjoyable - no problems here with the sound or video transfer, and a whole heap of extras. Particularly good were the extended musical sequences, and also the "making of" featurette.
Connie : We need to hide someplace where there are no dinner theaters. In fact, we need to hide someplace where is no theater period, no culture whatsoever.
Carla : Los Angeles.
Basic plot - after accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in chicago, Connie and Carla skip town for L.A., where they go undercover as singers working the city's dinner theater circuit ... as drag queens.
Dont think 'Some like it hot' - this film is better - film for both sex's and makes a great date movie.If u want a laugh out loud, feel good film with a well written script - buy this movie, if its for the hysterical 1st scene only!!!!!
Connie : We're gonna be LA girls now, we gonna have to work out.
[Connie and Carla think for a second, then laugh hysterically]
Carla : Good one.
The deleted scenes, commentaries, etc. are the only mediocre material here. However, the direction is spot-on and the DTS sound is fantastic, which counts in a movie that is half musical.
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