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.