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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

From Prada to Nada (January 28, 2011)

From Prada to Nada is an American romantic comedy film directed by Angel Garcia and produced by Gary Gilbert, Linda McDonough, Gigi Pritzker and Chris Ranta.

The plot was conceived from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. The screen play was adapted by Luis Alfaro, Craig Fernandez and Fina Torres to be a Latino version of the English novel, where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.

Sisters Nora (Camilla Belle) and Mary (Alexa Vega) from Beverly Hills learn how the other side lives after their father dies unexpectedly and they are taken in by their estranged aunt in East L.A.

Nora and Mary grew up in a sprawling mansion, so far removed from their Mexican roots that Mary refuses to even acknowledge their heritage.

Then in a flash, their father is gone and they are both left penniless. Fortunately, the girls have a kind-hearted aunt Aurelia (Adriana Barraza) to fall back on. Aunt Aurelia only lives a short distance away, but East Los Angeles is so steeped in Latino culture that it may as well be on another planet.

Unable to speak a word of Spanish and completely ignorant about their culture, Nora and Mary leave their comfortable world kicking and screaming. But the more time Nora and Mary spend getting to know their extended family, the more they begin to get a sense of what they've been missing by remaining locked in their ivory tower all these years.

Before long Nora and Mary learn to regard their Mexican heritage with a sense of pride rather than shame and realize that all the money in the world can't buy the happiness of being surrounded and supported by family.

Nora on Mary: From Prada to Nada
Mary, I love her to pieces but practical? I don't think she knows the definition. If it were between shoes and food I know EXACTLY where she'd be! I mean, she thinks her car is her baby... no REALLY.

Mary on Nora: From Prada to Nada
Do you speak Nora? Well, I mean, she says she is a cockroach which means she is a survivor and can adapt to any situation. So basically she's this really beautiful, really smart girl who totally has her head in the clouds, well not clouds, books actually.

From Prada to Nada, a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, is a new romantic comedy starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, with Kuno Becker and Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Actress in a Supporting Role, 2006).

It's a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent.

When their Dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility.

The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community.

I guess I'm one of the few people who loved the movie. It had too many negative reviews but I found it light, adorable and very cute and romantic.

I LOVED Mary and Bruno's love story... he won't show his sensitive side to just anybody, he keeps them guessing. The best way to win a girl's heart. I loved how he loved her even when she was silly and snobbish!

Mary's life is shopping, and more shopping. Rodeo Drive is her playground. She was born rich, plans to marry rich and never work a day in her life. Choosing designer shoes is hard enough!

Left the gangster life to become a muralist, but he won't show his sensitive side to just anybody, he keeps them guessing. The best way to win a girl's heart.

Aurelia on Bruno: From Prada to Nada
You couldn't ask for a better neighbor. He is sweet, helpful and funny. I am so glad he left his thug life behind him. Now we just need to get him a good woman to clean that house!

Nora Dominguez: I avoid relationships because I can't count on them. 

Nora's motto is "brains before beauty." Her goal is to become a public defender and help the underprivileged. Nora grew up with Beverly Hills' spoils but never became spoiled.

Not all lawyers are created equal. There are some who actually have a heart. Although he's a gringo, Edward habla españ ol. He's definitely not a shark but he's a real catch.

Totally Frida Kahlo!!

Rodrigo is gorgeous, bright and extremely rich! A combination that's very hard to resist. Especially for a material girl with a weakness for everything money can buy!

She is the best of Mexico's women all in one, with a golden heart and a sharp tongue. Tía Aurelia offers Nora and Mary a warm home, great food and keeps them real.

Bruno (the neighbor) on Tía Aurelia: From Prada to Nada
She is the best of Mexico all rolled up in one woman! Tía Aurelia took in her uptight and spoiled nieces when it takes all of her effort to stretch every dollar she works so hard to make. But that's so her. Plus, if you are ever hungry you definitely want to stop by her kitchen. Just don't piss her off!

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