Nia Vardalos drags Some Like It Hot into the recycling bin
The phrase "written by Nia Vardalos" should send any self-respecting moviegoer screaming into the night, pursued by the comedienne's frizzy-haired brand of hysteria and the brain meltdown it inevitably induces. One suspects Vardalos's movies aren't written as much as up-chucked, the result of all-night binges on SnackWells and Oxygen network reruns. Indeed, Vardalos is no stranger to recycling: My Big Fat Greek Wedding was based on her play (and was later reprocessed as a sitcom), and in Connie and Carla, the Oscar nominee not only rehashes Some Like It Hot, but steals an additional gender-bending twist right out of Victor/Victoria. On the run from the mob, lounge act Connie (Vardalos) and Carla (Toni Collette) arrive in L.A., where they find anonymity as drag performers at a West Hollywood club. There they teach the sad queens the importance of being themselves. Another vehicle for Vardalos's fantasies (she again bags the stud, played here by David Duchovny), Connie and Carla lacks Abba and John Leguizamo, but it does have Debbie Reynolds, who in her five minutes on-screen, shows how playing yourself is really done.
Get the Film Club Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.
More Film News
- Netflix’s 'Narcos' Tries to Be 'The Wire' for Colombia’s Drug War
- ‘The Second Mother’ Offers a Sharp Brazilian Take on the Upstairs/Downstairs Drama
- The Predictability of Teary Kids Doc 'My Voice, My Life' Doesn't Make It Any Less Powerful
- The Subject of 'Butterfly Girl' Pushes Herself to Take Chances Despite the Pain