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January 01, 2009

Connie and Carla

Connie & Carla For audiences who adored "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," Nia Vardalos' follow up movie (she wrote both scripts) will come as a big fat letdown. "Connie and Carla" is a scanty excuse for Vardalos to sing musical theater songs as part of a ludicrous dinner theatre duo with Toni Collette ("About A Boy"). Connie (Vardalos) and Carla (Colette) grew up together singing songs from "Oklahoma" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Chicago where they have a dead-end gig in an airport bar. The girls are chased out of town by gangsters when they witness their boss being murdered, and end up in West Hollywood where they pass themselves off as singing drag queens at a local bar to pay the bills. The duo become popular within a gay community who supposedly can't tell that they are indeed female especially Jeff (David Duchovny), the brother of one of the bar's regular queens, who takes a liking to Connie. 
Rated PG-13. 98 mins.(C-) (Two Stars)

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