Nola (film)

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Directed by Alan Hruska
Produced by Jill Footlick
Rachel Peters
Written by Story
  Alan Hruska
  Alan Hruska
Starring Emmy Rossum
James Badge Dale
Mary McDonnell
Steven Bauer
Music by Edmund Choi
Cinematography Horacio Marquínez
Edited by Peter C. Frank
Language English

Nola is a 2003 romantic comedy film that depicts the struggle of a young woman trying to survive in New York City while looking for her birth father. The film premiered in New York City on July 23, 2004.


After fleeing from her abusive stepfather, Nola (Emmy Rossum) travels to New York City searching for her biological father. She spends her first night sleeping in Central Park, but her luck changes when she is hired by the owner of a small diner. She ends up staying with the frycook/law school student Ben (James Badge Dale) until the real owner of the diner, Ben's landlady Margaret (Mary McDonnell), hires Nola as her assistant for her escort service.

Things go well at the escort service until Niles, a billionaire client of Margaret's service, has a bad session. Niles likes to receive rough physical activity from men cross-dressing as women, but only to a point. Wendy, one of Niles's favorites, went a little too far and sent Niles into a rage. Niles demands Margaret rough Wendy up or else he will have it done, along with inducing the police to investigate the escort service. Nola attempts to help by making up Wendy to look battered and bruised, documenting it with photos, then sending her out of the country until Niles can calm down. Niles's informants spot Wendy, no longer wearing the bruise makeup, trying to flee. Niles responds by arranging a subpeona for Margaret to appear before a grand jury and calling Nola directly, threatening her by revealing detailed information about her upbringing.

Further events lead Nola closer to finding her real father, but not without the help of a journalist (Steven Bauer), who is in need of a story on escort services.

Featured cast[edit]

Actor Role
Emmy Rossum Nola
Steven Bauer Leo
James Badge Dale Ben
Thom Christopher Niles Sterling
Sam Coppola Gus
Adam LeFevre Sam
Michael Cavadias Wendy
Damian Young[1] Maitre D'
Mary McDonnell Margaret Langworthy

Box office and business[edit]

  • Opening Weekend - $8,058 (USA) (31 August 2003) (19 Screens)
  • Gross - $8,058 (USA) (31 August 2003)
  • Weekend Gross - $8,058 (USA) (31 August 2003) (19 Screens)


The audience consensus on Rotten Tomatoes for the film is 46%.[2]


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