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From Prada to Nada - Film Review & Movie Trailer

Review Date: September 8, 2011

DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011

Review by Compay for LatinRapper.com

 

Starring: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Adriana Barraza

 

From Prada to Nada movie review

From Prada to nada is a lighthearted Romantic Comedy that appeals to Hispanic viewers.  The film is a modern spin on the Jane Austen novel "Sense and Sensibility."  The story follows two sisters living the posh live in Beverly Hills, until their father passes, leaving them broke.


The sisters are thrown into an unfamiliar situation after they move in with an aunt in East Los Angeles.  The film sheds light on the social and class differences that can exist in America, even amongst fellow Latinos.

 

From Prada to Nada was shot well, particularly the real-deal scenes of East L.A..  Adding to the vibe of the flick was a fresh movie score, which ranged from classic mariachi songs to some upbeat Salsa.

 

The real treat of this film is the cast.  Adriana Barraza of Amores Perros and Babel fame plays Aunt Aurelia, absolutely stealing every scene that she's in.  Though the "cholo with a heart" cliche has been overdeone, props to Wilmer Valderrama for playing the role with conviction.  After watching this film, it's hard to believe that this is the same guy who played Fez in That 70's Show.

 

If there was any real complaint about the film, it's that it was somewhat light on laughs.  While there are a couple of moments that would make you laugh out loud, they're infrequent.  There are definitely a few jokes or situations in the film that would be more funny to Spanish speakers, or anyone familiar with certain aspects of Chicano culture.

 

I was a bit puzzled by Camilla Belle being cast in the film's lead as Nora, aspiring law student and the more responsible of the two sisters.  Quiet as kept, Belle is half Brazilian, so it's not an issue about "being Latin enough."  It's that the producers of the film inexplicably spray-tanned her a mango orange color in order to look the part of a Chicana. 

 

While Prada to Nada is a bit predictable, as many rom-coms are, I was happy that there were at least a few twists and turns in the film.  If you're a guy that wouldn't mind a lighthearted watch, it's worth a rental.  For the ladies, this film has it's fair share of "awww!" moments, as well as scenes that will bring on the tears.  Overall, it's not the best romantic comedy of 2011, but it's certainly worth checking out.

 

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