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Chick flicks aren't really my usually film genre, I much prefer an action, thriller or comedy but on a rainy evening I decided to give this From Prada to Nada film a watch.
The film starts by showing two sisters going about their daily lives, Nora likes to study hard so we see her in the library and Mary likes to shop, they both remember it's their dads birthday, buy some gifts and go home. When their dad comes down stairs, the three of them dance happily until their father sadly dies. At the funeral, the two sisters learn that they have a half brother and he is in line for some inheritance too. During the will hearing, everyone finds out that their father was in fact going through bankruptcy.
Gabe, the half brother, has an evil girlfriend, Olivia who makes the girls move out of their own home. They are skint and have no home so they head to East L.A to live with their aunt. They have to sell their posh car and Mary has to sell her Prada bag living them with nothing of substance. Nora quits her studying and goes on to get a job so that Mary can stay at school and get her qualifications. Nora seems to adapt to the change of lifestyle well whereas Mary has a little more trouble.
If you are looking for a film to grip you from start to end then this definitely isn't for you. From Prada To Nada is meant to be a bit of a funny chick flick but I can't really say it's a film I would watch with my girlfriends on a pamper night or whatever. It seemed quite boring, with lack of any depth to the storyline or any laughs. Some parts were a little confusing, Nora didn't finish her law course but still managed to get a decent job, how did Mary have money for tuition and how come Gabe, the half brother, was able to have the house and turf the sisters out. The film didn't make much sense in places.
The actress that plays the part of Mary in the film looks quite old, right from the start when the girls are dancing with their dad I noticed it and all the way through the film I kept noticing how old she looked and it didn't really make much sense when she is still meant to be young and studying. I think a better choice of actress could have been used, that being said, Alexa Vega who played the part still did a good job. Camilla Belle who plays Nora, does an equally good job and she plays the part effortlessly and it doesn't feel like the acting is forced at all. Both girls plays the roles perfectly.
I wouldn't personally say this film is worth a watch. If you are a fan of chick flicks that are confusing and lack any kind of humour then this could be for you, but even then I still think it would get boring. The storyline is ok but the execution of the film isn't brilliant. The actress who plays Mary is far too old for the role and it bugged me throughout the film.
When browsing through Netflix the other day I decided to have a look at the films that were currently popular on Netflix as I can usually find something that appeals there. I decided to go for a film that I hadn't heard of before - from Prada to Nada as the plot sounded fun and like something I would enjoy.
Mary and Nora are two sisters who live a luxury lifestyle. Their Dad is a wealthy man and they live in a huge masion where they are very comfortable. Despite being sisters the two are very different. Mary is the stereotypical rich girl - she loves shopping, her BMW and living the pampered life. On the other hand, Nora is still in school, she works hard and is keen to be a success in her own right.
Sadly, their father dies. The girls are understandably devestated but little do they know that revelations are about to come to the surface. Firstly, they learn of a brother that their Dad fathered before he had them and secondly, their Dad was actually bankrupt meaning therefore that they have to leave their home with no money and nowhere to go...
The girls were both instantly likeable and I liked the fact that they were different because although this often led to arguments between the siblings it also meant that they worked together to solve their problems.
I liked the plot and felt that it was a little different to most chick flicks as it followed the girls as they tried to make it on their own. They both worked hard to support one another and Nora ended up leaving her education which was a shame but she felt it was more important to help her sister. Mary also worked hard and it was quite surprising how she changed.
I thought the plot flowed well. There was plenty going on and I thought it was a fun and interesting story. The ending was done very well. Although part of it was predictable, most of it wasn't which I found good.
The film is loosely based on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. It runs for 1 hour 47 minutes. It is rated a 12. It stars Alexa Vega and Camilla Belle as Mary and Nora respectively.
This was a fun chick flick which I enjoyed. Great for watching with friends or alone, recommended.