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. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility. The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A rueful, occasionally touching and entirely predictable romantic comedy with a terrible title.Mike Hale, New York Times, 01.28.2011
For a film ostensibly about the importance of finding a little spice and flavor in your life, From Prada to Nada is surprisingly bland.Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly, 01.28.2011
The regrettably titled From Prada to Nada has more in common with a slapped-together TV movie than a timeless comedy of manners.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 01.31.2011
As modern updates of classic Jane Austen novels go, From Prada to Nada is no Clueless.Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 01.31.2011