Connie and Carla

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"When you follow your dream, there's no telling what you'll become."
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.2  (8,588)
  • 44

Connie and Carla is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck and written by Nia Vardalos. The movie starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, and David Duchovny tells the story of two friends, Connie and Carla, who are aspiring performers in Chicago. They accidentally witness a murder in a bar, and to escape the killers, they flee to Los Angeles. To avoid being caught, they disguise themselves as cross-dressing male drag queens and eventually find themselves becoming more and more involved in the lively drag queen subculture.

The film opens with Connie and Carla, childhood friends who became a singing duo, struggling to get gigs in Chicago's cabaret scene. When they witness a crime, they realize they have to leave quickly to save themselves. As they head to Los Angeles hoping to start anew, they come across a nightclub where drag queens perform. Connie jokes about how they could become drag queens and join the show, but Carla takes it seriously, and they audition for the club owner.

They transform themselves into "Rachel and Monique," two flamboyant male singers, and become a significant hit in the show scene. They are embraced by drag queens and club-goers alike, but as they get more comfortable in their new surroundings, they struggle to maintain their disguises.

As they navigate the world of drag, they encounter several other drag performers, including Robert, a drag queen with whom Carla becomes romantically involved, and Jeff, a straight man who becomes smitten with Connie, unaware that she is actually a woman.

The movie is a fun, lighthearted comedy that explores themes of acceptance, identity, and self-discovery. It touches upon various issues such as homophobia and discrimination, but in a manner that is both humorous and heartfelt.

Nia Vardalos, who plays Connie, is excellent in her role, bringing a lot of humor and charm to the character. Toni Collette, who plays Carla, is equally impressive, delivering a touching and authentic performance. David Duchovny, who plays Jeff, provides some comedic relief and is charming in his role.

The film's soundtrack is a highlight, featuring a blend of pop, Broadway tunes, and disco. The musical numbers are well-choreographed and entertaining, with some being particularly standout performances.

Overall, Connie and Carla is a feel-good, uplifting movie that celebrates diversity, love, and acceptance. It is a great choice for anyone looking for a light, entertaining comedy that also has some heart and substance.

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