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From Prada to Nada (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," 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.

Director:

Angel Gracia

Writers:

Fina Torres (screenplay), Luis Alfaro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Belle ... Nora Dominguez
Alexa PenaVega ... Mary Dominguez (as Alexa Vega)
Tina French Tina French ... Old Librarian
Luis Rosales ... Juanito
Pablo Martínez de Velasco Pablo Martínez de Velasco ... Pablo the Gardener
Alexis Ayala ... Gabriel Dominguez Sr.
Norma Reyna Norma Reyna ... Carmina
Adriana Barraza ... Aurelia Jimenez
Oliverio Gareli ... Marco Antonio Ramirez
Catalina López Catalina López ... Trinita
José María Negri ... Benjamin Kerensky
Mario Zaragoza Mario Zaragoza ... Federico
Pablo Cruz ... Gabriel Dominguez Jr.
April Bowlby ... Olivia
Nicholas D'Agosto ... Edward Ferris
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Storyline

When their dad dies on his 55th birthday, Beverley Hills sisters, Mary and Nora, find themselves destitute, forced by a grasping sister-in-law to move in with their aunt in East L.A. Mary, the younger sister, is mortified: spoiled by her dad, ignorant of Spanish, scared of the vatos. Her sister convinces her to finish college, and she promptly decides that one of her T.A.s will be her ticket back to Rodeo Drive. Elder sister Nora, a law student, gets a job as a legal intern, and Edward, her supervisor, the brother of the grasping sister-in-law, promptly falls for her. Slowly, the sisters realize what a rich place the barrio is at the same time that they get bruised in the contact sport of love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Coming Pronto See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief drug use and a sexual situation | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sense and Sensibilidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,115,638, 30 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,016,244, 27 March 2011
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite all the references through the move none of the leads are Mexican or Mexican related. Camilla Belle was born in the USA to a Brazilian mother and an American father. Alexa PenaVega was also born in the USA to a Colombian father and an American mother. See more »

Goofs

During the Mexican Independence Day party, Mary goes up to Bruno to dance. He throws the Birds of Paradise, which she catches. She then says not to waste the state flower, because there's a drought. California's state flower is the California Poppy, not the Birds of Paradise. See more »

Quotes

Edward Ferris: You call the I.N.S., We'll call the I.R.S.
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References Cribs (2000) See more »

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Adagio Und Allegro Op 70 Ii Allegro
Written by Robert Schumann
Arranged by George Wilson
Courtesy of APM Music
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A very real and unique story
3 February 2011 | by americana_filmsSee all my reviews

I am no expert on this genre, but I'd have to say that "From Prada to Nada" is a notch above most of the romantic comedies that are out there This is a witty and realistic romantic comedy waiting for you. I was glad I had a chance to see this film earlier because I'm certain there will be a lot of "naysayers" out there that will dissuade others from seeing it, but to me, this seems like a perfect film for discussion with a circle of good friends.

Unlike other films coming from the genre, this film not only has witty dialog and cleverness without being too sentimental but it takes on the subject of the Hispanic society with just the right touch.

The actors involved, of course, have a lot to do with the making of a good film and overall, the actors are perfect for their roles, each one of them bringing a dose of reality to the screen.

Not everyone is going to get this film but in my opinion, "From Prada to Nada" is a highly enjoyable movie that surprisingly has something for everyone.


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