Dear East LA community,
Don’t you just love being reduced to a cultural stereotype? Here’s the latest, plastic, fake, novela inspired, cinderella story produced by Televisa, a co-production with Lion’s Gate. Only this time it’s showing at your nearest movie theater.
From Prada to Nada is a new movie “coming pronto.” I just ask you, can we please skip it? Just by watiching the trailer, I feel both speechless and wanting to rant.
There are so many clichés and corny references, I can only imagine the Televisa producers had a blast mashing them all together in one big blob of a movie. And why not! Al cabo que nosotros no sabemos distinguir cuando estamos viendo un CHURRO en el cine, no? Here’s just a sample of the elements of the story, seen on the trailer: People with weird Latino accents (check!); lowriders (check!); gangsters (check!); cholas sin cejas(check!); Mexican mechanic (check!); women “costureras” sewing in the hood (check!); immigation issues (check!); casas de colores fosforescentes (check!); gringos afraid of Mexicanos (check!); everybody falls in love at the end (check!)…
Let’s see, what are we missing? Oh yes, the Frida Kahlo disguise and unibrow reference? Check! Check! Check! (Ya ni la amuelan Televisos, de veras!)
Ugh..I am so upset right now I can’t even tell you. Wonder how Jane Austen would feel if she read the synopsis:
From Prada to Nada, a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a new romantic comedy starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Kuno Becker and Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza. It’s a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so “90210” she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down…