From Prada to Nada

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  107 min.
Release Date: February 11, 2011 (limited)
DVD: May 3, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
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Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D'Agosto, Adriana Barraza, Kuno Becker


A modern twist on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," FROM PRADA TO NADA is a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility.

The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community.

Director: Angel Gracia
Studio: Maple Pictures
Producer(s): Gigi Pritzker, Gary Gilbert, Lisa Ellzey, Linda McDonough, Rossana Arau
Screenplay: Fina Torres, Luis Alfaro, Craig Fernandez
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  • 5 stars "The trailer did not do this movie justice. This was an EXCELLENT romantic comedy !! Every spoiled young teenage girl should watch this movie."
  • 3 stars "I expected a lot more from this movie, considering it was loosely based on a novel. This film had the potential to be great but really fell flat for me, and there were just too many gaps. Both of the actresses had memorable roles and it was nice to see the actor from "The 70s show." Definitely, a rental."