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Two struggling Chicago dinner theater performers accidentally witness a mafia hit...and 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.
PROFANITY: One mild profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Sex talk and innuendo; clothed non-sexual groping. VIOLENCE: A shooting; fights played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol; a drug scene played for laughs. ACTION: One big fight scene played for laughs. COMEDY: Verbal and physical humor; gay-themed humor.
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Roger EbertFull Review Good "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.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Along with the show tunes and hoofing come feeble self-empowerment platitudes. It's one cliché after another — such as "Worship that body, it's the only one you got" — amid the constant discussion of following one's dream. Too bad this one proved to be a nightmare.
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We collected 111 moviegoer opinions. Excellent opinions! Lots of very high opinions, very few low opinions. This translates into a movie that most will enjoy very much and everyone will enjoy to some degree. HOWEVER, this is assuming that you don't object to the gay aspect of the story.
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 duo simply
refuse to let the less-than-enthusiastic crowd response dampen their show biz drive. For
Connie and Carla, everything's coming up roses, naysaying boyfriends and snoring
audience members notwithstanding.
The girls lose one of their few supporters when their boss Frank ends up on the
wrong end of a criminal deal—a scene they unfortunately happen to witness. Quicker
than a fast change in the second act, Connie and Carla pack up their battered dreams and
extensive assortment of wigs and costumes and hit the road, running for their lives.
Convinced the killers will never look for them in a place utterly devoid of culture
(a.k.a. dinner theater), the pair ends up in the Land of Dreamers, Los Angeles. In a new
place with new identities, they create a cover (with a lot of cover-up) that makes them the
toast of the town—headlining in a local drag club, they soon find the acclaim that has
always eluded them, singing the show tunes they've always loved. Being famous is their
dream come true—who cares if it includes a tiny little lie?—but trying to keep their
secret turns out to be a real drag, especially when Connie meets Jeff (DAVID
DUCHOVNY), a real nice guy she'd really like to be a real girl with.
Connie and Carla is the comedy that proves if you follow your dream, there's no
telling what you'll become.