Posh Italian label Prada has become popular movie-naming fodder of late. You'll remember Anne Hathaway did battle with a devil clad in the brand back in 2006, and now lovely ladies Alexa Vega and Camilla Belle live for the label in the 2011 rom-com "From Prada to Nada." But don't confuse the two chick flicks. While Anne's plucky Andy Sachs was a hard-working, driven magazine assistant, from the looks of this new trailer, Alexa and Camilla's spoiled richies wouldn't recognize an honest day's work if it kicked them in their Prada-clad butts.
Billed as a Latina twist on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," the flick could be the well-coiffed step child of a bizarro world "Spanglish" and Hilary Duff's "Material Girls." SoCal sisters Mary (Alexa) and Nora (Camilla) seem to have it all; in fact, Mary doesn't even bat a perfectly mascaraed eyelash when she smashes her car into a brand new BMW. They do have it all—until their father dies, leaving them penniless (no real explanation for bankruptcy in the trailer...), and the pair is forced to move in with their estranged aunt on the other side of town...East L.A.! Cue the barrio jokes! Initially hesitant to claim their Mexican roots, with the help of Wilmer Valderrama (nice to see you, buddy!), the pair have a change of heart—and look to find love along the way.
I have to give kudos to "Prada"'s writers for spinning the spoiled-rich-girls-go-good trope into something that looks new and fresh. Though part of me, perhaps the overly politically correct part that I usually stow away in my sock drawer, feels a bit uncomfortable with all of the Mexican stereotypes and gags. Am I just being too sensitive?
For their part, Alexa and Camilla are incredibly cute in the trailer, yet I have a hard time buying either as entitled brats—they both seem like such perfectly lovely girls in real life. Here's hoping they can make these unlikable characters' transformations touching and believable.
Are you excited to see "From Prada to Nada"?