Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Gender Bender
Short Take: Connie and Carla find success performing in drag shows. They’re women pretending to be men dressed as women.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 98 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: PG-13
Director: Michael Lembeck
Writer: Nia Vardalos
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Alec Mapa, Debbie Reynolds

Connie and Carla Trailer
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Connie and CarlaIf you like show tunes and drag shows, you’ll like this movie. It makes the list because Chicago airport lounge performers Connie (Nia Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette, The Hours) need to leave town in a hurry. They hit LA and find success in the ultimate dinner theater, drag shows. So they’re women pretending to be men dressed as women.

But this is no Victor Victoria. There are a few laughs, but fewer than expected, and the girls are pointedly straight. One of the most interesting parts of the movie is seeing Jeff (David Duchovny), the brother of one of the real queens, coming to terms with his brother’s queerness. He struggles when brother Robert tells him that ‘you can’t pick and choose the parts of me that don’t make you sick to your stomach.’ When Jeff’s girlfriend calls his brother and friends ‘freaks,’ Jeff wavers, but dumps the girlfriend and comes around to acceptance. He and Connie end up together in the end, in part because he also accepts her for who she is and the dreams she holds. Some nice messages for a mainstream movie. (AB)