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From Prada to Nada

2011-04-28 17:06
What it's about:

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" that she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover that they've have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighbourhood of East Los Angeles. They're terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on any 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 acknowledge, 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.

What the critics thought:

"There's something crassly disingenuous about the movie's blatant demographic pandering (hooray for immigration-panic jokes!) and half-assed condemnation of gluttony."
-Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

"A rueful, occasionally touching and entirely predictable romantic comedy with a terrible title."
-Mike Hale, New York Times

"For a film ostensibly about the importance of finding a little spice and flavor in your life, From Prada to Nada is surprisingly bland."
- Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly

A riches to rags story.
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