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Connie and Carla

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Produced by Nia Vardalos
Tom Hanks
Rita Wilson
Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Jonathan Glickman
Written by Nia Vardalos
Starring Nia Vardalos
Toni Collette
David Duchovny
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Richard Greatrex
Editing by David Finfer
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Release date(s) April 16, 2004
Running time 97 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million
Gross revenue $11,341,016

Connie and Carla is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck and starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette and David Duchovny. It is the only film from Michael Lembeck to be rated PG-13.

Tagline: When you follow your dream, there's no telling what you'll become.

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Plot

Vardalos and Collette play the title characters, whose lifelong friendship and co-obsession with musical theatre have brought nothing but career dead ends. Despite this they continue their optimism, hosting a variety act at an airport lounge. After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in Chicago, they go on the run, landing in L.A.. Initially working at a beauty salon, they wind up posing as drag queens and auditioning to host a drag revue at a gay club.

Because they sing their own songs (a rarity for queens), they are hired, and their variety show (first entitled What a Drag (Pun Intended!) then called Connie and Carla and the Belles of the Balls after they add a few friends to the act) becomes a hit. Things are going smoothly but the two make a pact not to let men interfere with their life. This causes conflict when Connie falls for Jeff (Duchovny), the straight brother of Robert, one of their drag queen friends. As the show gets bigger, the two convince the club owner to convert it into a full dinner theater, and eventually their popularity threatens to expose them.

On the official opening night of the dinner theater, the mob killers catch up with them, but with the help of their drag queen friends, and to great applause from the audience (who think it is part of their act), Connie and Carla take them down. They ultimately confess their real identities to the audience and are accepted for who they are. Connie reveals herself to Jeff, who arrives after the chaos. He accepts her and becomes her love interest. This movie was filmed in Vancouver, B.C. and featured a number of local drag queens.

Musicals referenced or featured

The following is a list of musicals referenced or featured in the film (in order of first reference):

Cast

Box office

The film had a budget of $27M[1], and grossed $8.086M domestically[1], and $3.225M in foreign release[1], making $11.3M worldwide. The opening weekend it grossed $3.255M.[1]

See also

References

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Connie and Carla
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Lembeck
Produced by Nia Vardalos
Tom Hanks
Rita Wilson
Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Jonathan Glickman
Written by Nia Vardalos
Starring Nia Vardalos
Toni Collette
David Duchovny
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Richard Greatrex
Editing by David Finfer
Studio Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 16, 2004
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million
Gross revenue $11,341,016

Connie and Carla is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck and starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, and David Duchovny.

The film was filmed in Vancouver and featured a number of local drag queens.

Contents

Plot

Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette play the titular characters, whose lifelong friendship and co-obsession with musical theatre have brought nothing but career dead ends. Despite this they continue their optimism, hosting a variety act at an airport lounge. After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in Chicago, they go on the run, landing in Los Angeles. Initially working at a beauty salon, they wind up posing as drag queens and auditioning to host a drag revue at a gay club.

Because they sing their own songs (a rarity for queens), they are hired, and their variety show (first entitled What a Drag (Pun Intended!) then called Connie and Carla and the Belles of the Balls after they add a few friends to the act) becomes a hit. Things are going smoothly but the two make a pact not to let men interfere with their life. This causes conflict when Connie falls for Jeff (David Duchovny), the straight brother of Robert (Stephen Spinella), one of their drag queen friends. As the show gets bigger, the two convince the club owner, Stanley (Ian Gomez), to convert it into a full dinner theater, and eventually their popularity threatens to expose them.

On the official opening night of the dinner theater, the mob killers catch up with them, but with the help of their drag queen friends, and to great applause from the audience (who think it is part of their act), Connie and Carla take them down. They ultimately confess their real identities to the audience and are accepted for who they are. Connie reveals herself to Jeff, who arrives after the chaos. He accepts her and becomes her boyfriend.

Musicals referenced or featured

The following is a list of musicals referenced or featured in the film (in the order of which they are presented in the film):

Cast

Box office

The film had a budget of $27 million[1], and grossed $8,085,771 domestically[1], and $3,255,245 in foreign release[1], making $11,341,016 worldwide. The film grossed $3,254,940 during its opening weekend, opening at number 13 in the 4/16-18 weekend box office.[1]

See also

References

External links








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