If you tried to make a smoothie out of Some Like it Hot
and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, you'd get
Connie and Carla. Sweet, refreshing, and a composite
that has its own identity while still retaining the qualities
of its ingredients.
Two airport lounge singers (Vardalos and Collette), convinced
of their own fabulousness even if the layover passengers at
O'Hare aren't, inadvertently witness a mob murder and flee to
the last place where someone would look for cultured people:
Los Angeles. They find a gig imitating drag queens in a revue,
and get the job by actually singing as opposed to lip-synching.
The hit man sent to find them becomes the world's biggest musical
number fan as he searches for them in every dinner theater and
Broadway and off-Broadway show in America. And while the girls
try to keep their gender a secret, hilarity ensues.
Seeing the movie with a very "fabulous" crowd probably enhanced
the experience, but Connie and Carla was a good
movie already. The comic chops are all there, the dialogue is
crisp, there's enough of a human-interest angle to be sweet,
and the musical numbers are peppy. Honestly, I like musical
revue much better than the musicals themselves. There's usually
only one or two songs in any given musical that are worthwhile
to listen to. The rest have this kludged kind of feel that you
get when you try to move a story along to music. Mainly, you
can't get a decent melody because, if you want to advance the
plot, you can't keep repeating the same thing over and over
Does the movie have a message? I'm torn between "Keep the attitude,
lose the shoes, and your dream will find you" and Debbie Reynolds'
maxim, "Chin up, boobs out." Seriously, though, this movie is
here to entertain you and make you laugh. I predict this is
going to be another niche film, like Vardalos' My Big
Fat Greek Wedding. Still, I think it's going to do well,
and maybe give Vardalos some credit for having range as well.
But, not a lot here for children. There's not a lot of language
and no nudity to speak of, but it's probably going to go over
little kids' heads. Plus, to enjoy things, you really need a
healthy dose of being able to laugh at yourself, too. But, for
adults who aren't afraid to loosen up a little, Connie
and Carla is a good investment of an evening.