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. 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.
|From Prada to Nada|
|Directed by||Angel Gracia|
|Based on||Sense and Sensibility|
by Jane Austen
|Edited by||Bradley McLaughlin|
|Music by||Heitor Pereira|
|Distributed by||Pantelion Films|
|Box office||$4 million|
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; the box office result met Pantelion's expectation.
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.
|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[update], only 20% of the 20 reviews compiled on Rotten Tomatoes are positive, with an average rating of 4.08/10. Metacritic scored the film a 39, signifying "generally unfavorable reviews".
|12th ALMA Awards||Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical||Alexa Vega||Won|
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