Release Date:  April 16, 2004
Rating:  PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual humor and drug references)
Genre:  Comedy/Drama/Musical
Run Time: 95 minutes
Director:  Michael Lembeck      
Actors:  Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella, Alec Mapa, Chris Logan

I loved Nia Vardalos in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” so I expected a funny film with her next venture. And, there are moments when the film shines, but unfortunately, “Connie and Carla”’s politically-correct, feel-good message about cross-dressing tends to override everything else.

Connie and Carla (Toni Collette) are embarrassingly bad performers who sing old musicals in hokey costumes for a Chicago airport lounge. Even their boyfriends make fun of them. Unbeknownst to Connie, Carla agrees to keep a “package” for their boss, but when the two women witness a murder (in a scene strangely reminiscent of “Sister Act”), they are forced to flee town. Carla opens the “package,” sending cocaine flying throughout the car and getting them both high. Now the gangsters have two reasons to kill them.

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The gals drive to West Hollywood, where they audition for a gay bar owner who’s looking for a new drag queen act. Suddenly, Connie and Carla, performing as “men dressed as women,” are greeted with gleeful appreciation. They transform the sleepy bar into a popular dinner theatre, add some real drag queens to their act, and become stars. Then Connie develops a crush on Jeff (David Duchovny), a heterosexual. And the gangsters, who have been searching every dinner theatre in the country, have finally tracked them down to L.A.