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Connie and Carla

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Connie and Carla
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Lembeck
Written byNia Vardalos
Produced by
CinematographyRichard Greatrex
Edited byDavid Finfer
Music byRandy Edelman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 16, 2004 (2004-04-16)
Running time
98 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$27 million[2]
Box office$11.3 million[2]

Connie and Carla is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck and starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, and David Duchovny. The screenplay was written by Vardalos.

The film was shot in Vancouver and featured a number of local drag queens including Joan-E, Justine Tyme, Carlotta Gurl, Summer Clearance, Devana Demille, Seemore Illusion and Helena Handbag.



Connie and Carla are two performers whose lifelong friendship and co-obsession with musical theater have brought nothing but career dead ends. Despite this, they continue their optimism, hosting a variety act at an airport lounge. After accidentally witnessing a mafia hit in Chicago, they go on the run, landing in Los Angeles. After being fired from a beauty salon, they pose as drag queens and audition to host a drag revue at a gay club called "The Handlebar."

Because they sing their own songs (a rarity for queens), they are hired, and their variety show (at first titled What a Drag (Pun Intended!) then later re-titled Connie and Carla and the Belles of the Balls after they add a few friends to the act) becomes a hit.

Things are going smoothly but they make a pact not to let men interfere with their life. This causes conflict when Connie falls for Jeff, the straight brother of Robert, one of their drag queen friends. As the show gets bigger, they convince the club owner, Stanley, to convert it into a full dinner theater, and eventually their popularity threatens to expose them.

On the official opening night of the dinner theater, the mob killers catch up with them. With the help of their drag queen friends, and to great applause from the audience (who think it is part of their act), Connie and Carla take them down.

They ultimately confess their real identities to the audience and are accepted for who they are. Connie reveals herself to Jeff, who arrives after the chaos. He accepts her and becomes her boyfriend.



The following is a list of musicals referenced or featured in the film (in the order of which they are presented in the film): Barbra Streisand and Debbie Reynolds were mentioned several times before Reynolds herself appeared and performed with Connie and Carla.



Box office


The film had a budget of $27 million,[2] and grossed $8,085,771 domestically,[2] and $3,255,245 in foreign release,[2] making $11,341,016 worldwide. The film grossed $3,254,940 during its opening weekend, opening at number 13 in the 4/16-18 weekend box office.[2] The film has been released on DVD and incorrectly has the runtime at 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Critical response


Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 44% critic score based on reviews from 122 critics. The site's consensus states: "The two female leads, as well as energitic musical numbers, enliven an otherwise silly reworking of Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot."[3]

See also



  1. ^ "CONNIE AND CARLA (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. March 18, 2004. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Connie and Carla, Box Office Mojo website
  3. ^ "Connie and Carla". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 21, 2018.