From Prada to Nada
Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama
Two rich sisters – one studious (Nora) and one frivolous (Mary) – have their lives turned upside down when their daddy dies suddenly, leaving them no money and nowhere to live. They move from Beverly Hills to East LA to live with their Mexican aunt. Here they experience true Mexican culture and discover how to survive being poor. Both have their hearts broken along the way, but both find true love in the end.
This film is supposed to be a Latino version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. One of my favourite all-time movies is Clueless with Alicia Silverstone which is a remake of Austen’s Emma. So I do appreciate the translation of a classic novel into modern film, rom coms at that. Although you can see the similarities with Austen’s infamous Dashwood sisters, this film doesn’t do as good a job as Clueless does. Watch it if you are a teenager, but the more mature among us may be a little disappointed. If nothing else, it inspires another reading of Sense and Sensibility.