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From Prada to Nada: Shallow, Latina-centric Adaptation of Sense and Sensibility

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From Prada to Nada
Directed by Angel Gracia
Lionsgate
Opens January 28
Amy Heckerling was the first to make over Jane Austen's gentry women as Beverly Hills shopaholics in the 1995 youth-culture staple Clueless (a witty reworking of Emma), but she's hardly the last as this shallow, Latina-centric adaptation of Sense and Sensibility attests. Still reeling from the sudden death of their wealthy padre, Mexican-American law student Nora (Camilla Belle) and her trendy, tanned-orange sister, Mary (Alexa Vega), are booted out of their mansion by their older half-brother's shrewish wife. Forced to move in with their aunt—who runs an illegal sewing factory out of her East L.A. home—Nora humbly adapts to spinster rituals while Mary's lifestyle downgrade from Bimmer to beater is killing her will to live ("Poor people only eat carbs," she whines). Enter the fantasy suitors: Do-gooder lawyer Edward (Nicholas D'Agosto) flirts with Nora, except she's too skittish and career-focused to admit her mutual attraction, while homeboy handyman Bruno (Wilmer Valderrama) is too ghetto to distract Mary from Lorca-quoting lothario Juanito (Luis Rosales). Generic rom-coms are a peso a dozen, but under all the pretty faces and MTV Latino pop, there's something crassly disingenuous about the movie's blatant demographic pandering (hooray for immigration-panic jokes!) and half-assed condemnation of gluttony.
 
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Rah
Rah

I didn't even know anything about From Prada to Nada until my co-worker from DISH said something about it. I have been so behind on all my movies. I'm happy that the Blockbuster movie pass is being released tomorrow. Having the Blockbuster Movie Pass is going to be great! You get thousands of on demand titles streaming straight to your TV or PC and unlimited access to over 100,000 movies, TV shows and games by mail. There is also one more thing I found amazing! Blu-ray rentals are for no extra fees!! Check it out!

Fem1
Fem1

"Wealthy padre"? "Peso a dozen"? Good God, talking of pandering; you sound like you are doing just that with your witless patter. Imagine interspersing French in the latest Huppert vehicle review - it would sound just as corny.

Saw this film over the weekend. My jaw dropped as I had never seen the realities (even in celluloid form) of East L.A. before. Depressing. Movie itself was disjointed and lacking in charm. Even refined Camilla Bellle couldn't save it, though both female leads were better than everyone else put together. Wait for the Blu-Ray.

Ftcanela-writers
Ftcanela-writers

Mary's Lorca-spouting love interest was Rodrigo, played by actor Kuno Becker.

Supergrandefilms
Supergrandefilms

Checked out the majority of your reviews and they are all pretty BITTER... like you.

 

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