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At Theaters: 4/16/2004 On Video: 8/17/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429950
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Comedy - This is a music-filled comedy with strong gay themes, primarily aimed at women and gay audiences. The strong gay and cross-dressing themes may be of concern to parents.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nia Vardalos MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
Toni Collette THE HOURS, ABOUT A BOY, CHANGING LANES
Stephen Spinella THE JACKAL, FAITHFUL
Dash Mihok MOJAVE
David Duchovny FULL FRONTAL, EVOLUTION, RETURN TO ME, THE X-FILES
Director: Michael Lembeck THE SANTA CLAUSE 2
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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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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Average

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Roger Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 111 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
18
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
Very High
94%
30+Adults (M)
18
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
48
High
98%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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