Movie review 4-15-04
Familiar love story features drag queens, hit men, and show tunes
So what do you do for an encore after you've written and starred in the second most successful independent film ever made? Why, you shamelessly remake a Hollywood classic and hope no one notices! That's what Nia Vardolas appears to be doing with Connie and Carla, a twist on Some Like It Hot with a pinch of Victor, Victoria thrown in for good measure.
Vardolas (of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame) stars as Connie and Toni Collette is Carla, two longtime friends who dream of Broadway stardom. Unfortunately, they've only made it as far as an airport lounge where they belt out show tunes for stranded passengers. After they witness the murder of their boss, the women flee to Los Angeles and masquerade as drag queens to hide from the killers. Given their enthusiasm, flair with costumes, and ability to sing, how could they be anything but stars in the gay community?
Alas, things get complicated when Connie falls for Jeff (David Duchovny), who is coming to terms with his brother's homosexuality and now questions his own sexual orientation. Duchovny, who has had trouble with sincerity in previous big-screen roles, does decent work here under Michael Lembeck's direction. He and Vardolas are never less than cute and charming together. Collette does a fine job as well, enthusiastic over the success that finally comes Carla's way and crushed when Connie, distracted by Jeff, leaves her behind. Meanwhile Boris McGiver, who plays the hit man on Connie and Carla's trail, nearly steals every scene he's in.
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