from prada to nada

the year: 2011

the genre: dramedy

the cast: Camilla Bell (Nora Dominguez); Alexa Vega (Mary Donminguez); Adriana Barraza (Aurelia Jimenez); Nicholas D'Agosto (Edward Ferris); Wilmer Valderrama (Bruno); Oliverio Gareli (Marco Antonio Ramirez)

the plot: When their dad dies on his 55th birthday, Beverley Hills sisters, Mary and Nora, find themselves destitute, forced by a coniving soon-to-be-sister-in-law to move in with their aunt in East L.A. Mary is mortified: spoiled by her dad, ignorant of Spanish, and scared of the vatos. Her sister convinces her to finish college, and she promptly decides that one of her T.A.s will be her ticket back to Rodeo Drive. Nora, a law student, gets a job as a legal intern, and her supervisor, the brother of the soon-to-be-sister-in-law, promptly falls for her. Slowly, the sisters come to embrace their situation and their heritage.

don't miss: las tias.

listen for: "Not all that glitters is gold, Barbie."

also don't miss: Nora's first case.

extra bonus points: if you know the movie series Alexa Varga starred in when she was younger.

also listen for: "You can hate this for what you think it is, or you can love it, for what you know it can become."

count: how many candles the aunts light in the hospital room.


Laney said...

Spy Kids! Are there any groaner moments in this? (or ones that Blaine could tank in one comment?)

Millie Motts said...

Hmmm. Possibly - but I think he'd appreciate the culture enough to enjoy it. There wasn't any point where I thought it was too cheesy -but with Blaine, you never can tell. :) I loved that it wasn't the typical rom-com.

Millie Motts said...

Oh! And, correct!

Laney said...

Loved it! The aunts, the location and all the cultural stuff made me want to visit my mission again. The scene in the hospital was SO awesome! I will make Blaine watch certain parts.