From Prada to Nada

From Prada to Nada is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Angel Gracia, loosely based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility.[2] The screenplay was adapted by Fina Torres, Luis Alfaro, and Craig Fernandez to be a Latino version of the English novel, where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.[3]

From Prada to Nada
From Prada to Nada Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAngel Gracia
Screenplay by
Based onSense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Produced by
CinematographyHéctor Ortega
Edited byBradley McLaughlin
Music byHeitor Pereira
Distributed byPantelion Films
Release date
  • January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Spanish
Box office$4 million[1]

The film received a limited release in the United States on January 28, 2011, by Pantelion Films (a joint venture of Televisa and Lionsgate). In the United States, it grossed $4 million theatrically;[4] the box office result met Pantelion's expectation.[5][6]


At the reading of their father's will, wealthy sisters Nora and Mary discover that they are bankrupt and are forced to sell their house to their half-brother Gabe Hernandez, who lets them live with him and his wife, Olivia. After Olivia tries to move them into the basement, the girls leave the house and move in with their maternal aunt, Aurelia, in East Los Angeles. Nora quits law school and finds a job as a legal clerk to help support herself and Mary. Mary returns to college, where she meets and flirts with rich instructor Rodrigo while being admired from afar by Aurelia's neighbor Bruno. Nora arrives at her new job and learns that her boss is Olivia's brother Edward, who she falls in love with.

The bulk of the film consists of a series of romantic escapades between the girls and their boyfriends, set against the backdrop of various parties and the Mexican-American cultural environment of East Los Angeles. In the end, Mary admits her feelings for Bruno and they kiss for the first time. Edward buys the house across from Aurelia and presents Nora the front door key, attached to an engagement ring. Family and friends are seen celebrating at Nora and Edward's street party wedding.


Actor/Actress Role Notes Counterpart
Camilla Belle Nora Dominguez-Ferris The elder, serious, sister. She is a law student who does not want to put relationships above her career. Elinor Dashwood
Alexa Vega Mary Dominguez The younger, frivolous, sister. She loves to shop and misses being rich. Marianne Dashwood
Wilmer Valderrama Bruno The next door neighbor of Aunt Aurelia who falls for Mary. Colonel Brandon
Nicholas D'Agosto Edward Ferris Olivia's brother and Nora's love interest. Edward Ferrars
April Bowlby Olivia Gabe Jr's mean, selfish wife and Edward's sister. Fanny Dashwood
Kuno Becker Rodrigo Fuentes Mary's love interest. John Willoughby
Adriana Barraza Aurelia Jimenez Nora and Mary's maternal aunt. Mrs. Jennings

In addition, Alexis Ayala and Pablo Cruz Guerrero play Nora and Mary's father Gabriel Dominguez Sr and their half-brother Gabe Jr, respectively.


From Prada to Nada was released on Blu-ray and DVD May 3, 2011. As of August 2020, only 20% of the 20 reviews compiled on Rotten Tomatoes are positive, with an average rating of 4.08/10.[7] Metacritic scored the film a 39, signifying "generally unfavorable reviews".


Award Category Recipient(s) Result
12th ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical Alexa Vega Won


  1. ^ "From Prada to Nada (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "From Prada to Nada - Film Review & Movie Trailer". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ ""From Prada to Nada," inspires through hardship". Daily 49er. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  4. ^ From Prada to Nada, Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ Movies. "Hispanics at the Movies: Hollywood Misses una Oportunidad". TheWrap. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Indie films or big budget movies?". CNN. March 29, 2007. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012.
  7. ^ "From Prada to Nada (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 3, 2020.

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