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Connie And Carla (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Nia Vardalos , Toni Collette , Michael Lembeck  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Debbie Reynolds
  • Directors: Michael Lembeck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JN1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Connie And Carla (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bonus Musical Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • The Making of Connie and Carla
  • Dressing in Drag
  • Debbie Reynolds

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding comes Connie and Carla, the hilarious new comedy the Chicago Sun-Times calls "a total delight!" Best friends Connie and Carla have always dreamed of fame and fortune, but their careers in show business are going nowhere fast. After witnessing a crime, they are forced to go on the run and keep their true identities secret. The dazzling duo stumble on an ingenious way to let their many talents shine. Now with a little luck - and lots of beauty products - they're going straight to the top, with plenty of side-splitting twists and turns along the way! Connie and Carla is an irresistible comedy-adventure filled with fun and loaded with laughter!

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    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, entertaining, funny movie September 25, 2004
    This was a surprisingly entertaining, funny, and charming film. My expectations for it were low, as I expected stereotypical bad acting (sadly, something that we see too often in gay films), bad writing, bad direction, and bad photography. None of that was evident here.

    When Connie and Carla arrived in L.A. after fleeing a Chicago mobster who they saw kill someone, I found their drag queen bit hard to bite. When they first auditioned, they didn't look like drag queens at all. I do understand that this plays into the reality of the situation. Two (clueless) women from Chicago who want to revive the (thankfully) mostly dead concept of dinner theater, wouldn't look like drag queens when they first auditioned to become part of - well, to become THE drag show because they wouldn't have the experience yet telling them how to present themselves as women posing as men posing as women. The problem, though, is that if they look like women while they're auditioning, *every drag queen in the bar* is going to see right through them. This is where we're asked to suspend disbelief, and it's such a small request, it's easily done. Eventually, as they learn their trade, they learn to convincingly.

    This isn't a deep film where difficult questions are asked and answered of the characters. Connie and Carla have a very minor disagreement, and the only tension that exists throughout the course of the film is through David Duchovny's character.

    But it's not supposed to be a deep film. It's supposed to be entertaining, and it succeeds very well on this point. The acting was solid, as was the writing, direction, set, and photography. The gowns were gorgeous (of course they would be, if you watch the Bonus Features you'll see why - gay men designed them), and a few of the catchphrases: "Chickapow", "Your voice is giving me shingles!", and "Your voice is giving me mono!" were hysterical and well delivered.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars cute gender-bending comedy January 29, 2005
    CONNIE AND CARLA is a cute little comedy starring Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette, two appealing and capable leading ladies and featuring a script that plays like a goofy combo of SOME LIKE IT HOT and VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    After witnessing a horrible crime, Connie and Carla (Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette) decide to go on the run. Arriving in Los Angeles, the girls quickly decide to re-invent their old dinner theatre musical act, and pose as drag queens in a struggling cabaret bar.

    This movie is actually quite delightful. Vardalos and Collette make an irresistible comedy team, and the girls actually sung all their numbers themselves (Collette starred on Broadway in THE WILD PARTY). Debbie Reynolds turns in a hilarious cameo (belting out "There Are Worse Things I Could Do", Rizzo's big number from GREASE), and the supporting cast, led by David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella and Dash Mihok is sensational.

    For musical theatre fans, CONNIE AND CARLA is highly-recommended.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious August 14, 2004
    By JM Yoda
    You can read a synopsis elsewhere. All I have to say is, my 68-year-old mom and I (I'm 40) laughed our BUTTS off! We saw this in its theatrical release, with a decent crowd, and everyone was laughing hard, and often. Looking forward to the DVD to hear what I might have missed while I was laughing! Highly recommended, great performances and great fun!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    Connie and Carla delivers on all fronts. What a true gem of a movie! Nia Vardalos delivers a film far superior to her "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". The laughs keep coming and coming. The humor is spoken and seen. This film is sort of a cross between "Some Like It Hot", "Victor/Victoria" and "Sister Act" - only it stands on its own.
    When they witness a mob hit, Connie and Carla, two sad dinner theatre wanna be's (who are actually relegated to singing in a lounge at the airport), go on the lamb to escape being killed themselves. They escape to the one place where they figure there is no culture - L.A. - but even better West Hollywood - gay mecca for the west coast.
    Getting to this point, the film is awkward as it sets up the scenario. However, it is still quite funny. Once the action moves to West Hollywood, the action gets ridiculously hilarious.
    To earn a living and to achieve their dream of being paid performers, Connie and Carla pretend to be men in drag in a drag show. To do so requires that they wear garish make-up. Toni Collette's make-up alone is a sight gag that had me rolling on the floor more often than I could count. Add to that Collette's perfect (has she ever been anything but in any film?) timing and performance and Vardalos' great facial expressions and you've got a comedy team worthy of noteriety.
    The bald faced innocence with which Connie and Carla believe that dinner theatre is truly a high art form is a further point of hilarity that continues to be milked throughout the film to great success. To that, I must add, one complaint: the stunt casting of Debbie Reynolds. It seemed forced and unnecessary. But that is just me. It didn't diminish my overall enjoyment of the film.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy with a Message January 11, 2005
    By Sophie
    On the surface, "Connie and Carla" is a standard formula comedy a la "Sister Act" or any kind of fish out of water story. But the movie has so many wonderful musical acts and fresh comedy which makes it unique. I have never seen a mainstream comedy about drag queens before, and this film uses real drag performers as actors. The film gives a glimpse of the art of drag and on the lives of transgendered people.

    The message is about acceptance of people who are different, and this theme is handled beautifully.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars funny film and it me laugh smile and fall in ...
    First, I am an old straight dune who has just watched this wacky,quirky,funny film and it me laugh smile and fall in Love with 2 great actresses. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by James T. Malleck
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    hysterically funny
    Published 17 days ago by jerseysouix
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Loved it.
    Published 1 month ago by claire h.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie Reynolds!! Chins up! Boobs out! It's showtime!
    One of my faves!!
    Published 1 month ago by J.B.
    4.0 out of 5 stars feel good movie
    The DVD did not play.

    Had to return it.

    Got another,all was fine.

    It is a feel good funny movie.

    Give it a try.
    Published 2 months ago by J. Rose
    5.0 out of 5 stars A movie that always brightens up a gloomy day
    This movie combines too things rather close to my heart - musical theater and drag queens. And the pacing of this movie along with wonderfully witty writing is really what helps... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Rocky Sunico
    5.0 out of 5 stars Toni and Nia Rock!
    One of the funniest movies ever. Completely enjoyable and it has a strong message regarding tolerance and acceptance of people different than oneself.
    Published 2 months ago by Acrobat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous
    Connie and Carla is a hilarious comedy in the heart of Some Like It Hot in which two women witness a brutal murder and are forced to hide out as drag queens. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS
    Always been one of my favorite movies, so hilarious and the songs are amazing to sing to. Definitely recommend to everyone!
    Published 3 months ago by Maria Quintos
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of laughs!
    A wonderfully funny movie with some great performances. If you're looking to laugh, this one is sure to fill the bill!
    Published 4 months ago by Ninsuna
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