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From Prada to Nada


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EPYZNU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,740 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Bailin on Oct. 20 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I should preface this review by confessing that I've never (yet) read "Sense and Sensibility", upon which this film is supposed to be based (reset in the East L.A. latino community). I've seen it strongly recommended elsewhere (e.g., TVTropes) that you read the Austen book first then see the film to appreciate the latter even more.

The "official" reviews, cover blurb ("riches to rags"), and even the title are a little misleading. While the girls (Camilla Belle as the older sister, Nora, and Alexa Vega as Mary) do lose their fancy Beverly Hills home when their dad dies and it's revealed he was nearly bankrupt, and they have to go live with their aunt in the barrio, the *main* story is about them discovering they do love the latina side of their heritage and their new neighborhood, plus finding, losing, then regaining love relationships.

While it wasn't intentional, my order also included "Crossing Over", which should be quite a contrast in its treatment of latino individuals and communities in the U.S.
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By heid pears on April 27 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Just loved it went I rented it... a chick flick romantic comedy, My husband and I laugh a lot and enjoy it
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By Nahum Landa on Sept. 26 2013
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Good seller and fast service, thank you for the attention, this is a great movie, I would watch it again.
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By Mame on Oct. 17 2012
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The best thing I have done in a long time is order this movie - From Prada to Nada. It is most enjoyable, and we think that the next "Heart Throb" for girls will be Nicholas D'Agosto. Not only is he handsome, but his acting is really great. Not once was he a disappointment in this Very Entertaining movie. Why can't there be more movies like this (with Nicholas starring in it, of course). If anyone out there has a good movie along the lines of "From Prada to Nada", please say so. I was thoroughly entertained. I am glad to be a customer of Amazon so I can order more of these good movies. Thank you.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
FROM PRADA TO NADA is SOMETHING! May 31 2011
By I'd rather be at Pemberley! - Published on Amazon.com
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I had every intention of seeing this movie in the theaters but missed it. When it came up as a recommendation on Amazon I rented it immediately. Yes, it is very, loosely based on Sense and Sensibility. VERY LOOSELY, mostly in thematic strains, but you can still see the connection.

The twist is that the characters are based on a hispanic family in Los Angeles. There is an easy transition from english to spanish in the film, with the spanish dialogue subtitled. This is a particularly charming aspect of the movie as the transition happens effortlessly and really lends to the comical aspect of the film. Being hispanic myself, only made it more endearing to me. The family from East Los Angeles, reminded me so much of relatives and friends, I was crying with laughter! The aunt is truly a wonderful actress and has some of the funniest lines. Bruno, played by Wilmer Valderama, is exceptional. HIs subtle approach to his character was a pleasant surprise. Alexa Vega plays the perfect "Barbie" character!

Knowing some spanish/spanglish is a definite plus to get the idiosyncrasies of the script but, by no means, restricts any viewer from getting the humor.

I rented it and then bought it. Is it an Academy Award winning film? No, but it is different, refreshing and a breath of fresh air.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
When One Door Closes... Dec 23 2012
By Butterfly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was funny, sad at times, and the tension ran deep. I thought this would be another "cute" movie, but there were so many lessons in this so-called "silly" movie.

1.) illusion versus reality
2.) family comes first
3.) stay true to your roots
4.) be kind to others/help the down-trodden
5.) be happy wherever you are
and many, many more
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
SOMETIMES YOU PLAY THE GAME... May 16 2011
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
...even when you know you can't win. Two polar opposite sisters (the whore and the spinster) suddenly find themselves poor upon the death of their father. They discover they have a brother who takes 1/3. They move from Beverly Hills to East LA to live with their estranged aunt. The two sisters were excellently portrayed by Camille Bell and Alexa Vega who managed to shine through a predictable script with a weak plot and lack of character building. While attempting to break with the negative stereotypes of Latino-Americans it reenforces others.

The movie carries a message about the importance of family and is the perfect film for the teenage drama queen in your life. No nudity. No sex, although it shows Alexa waking up in bed with a man, no f-bombs. It might be fairer to the movie and Jane Austin to claim the film was inspired by her book rather than being based on it, I mean they did cut out the third sister, Margaret.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
SOMETIME YOU PLAY THE GAME EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T WIN Aug. 10 2012
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Two polar opposite sisters (the whore and the spinster) suddenly find themselves poor upon the death of their father. They discover they have a brother who takes 1/3. They move from Beverly Hills to East LA to live with their estranged aunt. The two sisters were excellently portrayed by Camille Bell and Alexa Vega who managed to shine through a predictable script with a weak plot and lack of character building. While attempting to break with the negative stereotypes of Latino-Americans it reenforces others.

The movie carries a message about the importance of family and is the perfect film for the teenage drama queen in your life. It might be fairer to the movie and Jane Austin to claim the film was inspired by her book rather than being based on it.

PARENTAL GUIDE: No nudity. No sex, although it shows Alexa waking up in bed with a man, no f-bombs.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
SENTIDO Y SENSIBILIDAD, or, I wonder if this is what Mexico looks like Oct. 23 2012
By Hui Shen ben Israel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
FROM PRADA TO NADA (a/k/a POBRES DIVAS, Dir. Angel Garcia, Writ. Fina Torres & Luis Alfaro, based on the novel Sense and Sensibility (Dover Thrift Editions) by Jane Austen, 2011, 107 minutes) is a delightful family film and one of the best classic adaptations I have ever seen. With proper nods to Emma Thompson's crowning achievement as adaptationist/writer of the Ang Lee film version Sense And Sensibility (see my review), this film rang true in such a way that I imagined Austen would have written this if she had lived in modern times.

The Dominguez sisters (Nora and Mary, played respectively by Camille Belle and Alexa Vega, based on Eleanor and Marianne Dashwood respectively) suffer the sudden loss of their father on his birthday - and soon find they have suffered the loss of their exquisite California mansion. At the reading of the will, they meet their hitherto unknown half-brother Gabriel, Jr., (Pablo Cruz, loosely based on Austen's John Dashwood) and his snotty wife Olivia (April Bowlby, based on Austen's Fanny Ferrars Dashwood).

As it is Gabriel, Jr. who has all the money and the Dominguez sisters find their father was completely bankrupt, Gabriel and Olivia appear to buy the house out from under the girls. They end up living with their maternal aunt (Belita Moreno) in East L.A. There the cast is completely assembled: the wonderful Nicholas D'Agosto as Edward Ferris (doing a version of Hugh Grant's Edward Ferrars from Sense And Sensibility), Wilmer Valderrama as Bruno (based on Austen's Colonel Christopher Brandon and also beautifully reflecting Alan Rickman's turn in the role) and terrific cast of silly Mexican ladies bound to bring a smile to anyone's face.

The skill, humor and necessary updates are powerful and smoothly done here. Though the acting was not up to snuff in many scenes - and I suspect this was either the fault of the director or time constraints - it generally satisfies. In my view an extra 15 minutes would have completely cleared up the illogical skips in the storyline, but one can enjoy this all the way through without them.

My wife would probably laugh to know this but this film makes me weep as only the original novel used to do. Even Emma Thompson's skilled work in her film version fails to draw one single tear. This film has me weeping quietly at several stages. Also, I will do an unusual thing and advise you: the goofs or bloopers you THINK you catch in this film are not errors at all, and that adds flavor to the humor.

Finally, I think anyone confused by certain events in the original novel will have at least some answers via this film. For example, Mary falls for the John Willoughby character, Rodrigo Fuentes (played by a slimy Kuno Becker) simply because she knows he can return her to some semblance of her former life. That is fairly true to the original novel though it is often missed.

So get this and enjoy it as I did; do not fail to capture the expertly executed humor and fun. You'll wonder, as I often do, why Mexico never produced any Jane Austens.

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