Review: A refreshing rom-com experience ‘From Prada to Nada’

Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 14:38 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

From Prada to Nada is a comedy flick starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, with Kuno Becker and Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza

It is based on Jane Austen`s Sense and Sensibility with a little twist centered around the class-and-culture disparity between Beverly Hills and East Los Angeles.

It is a romantic and fun adaptation of the book. Nora is a law student while sister Mary is an undergrad and a party animal. Both of them live in a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills with their father.

Mary has become so estranged in her growing years that she refuses to even acknowledge her heritage, her Mexican roots.

Then in a sudden flash their father passes way. After the demise of their father they are left broke without even two pennies to themselves and their posh lives are turned upside down.

However they have a far fetched aunt Aurelia`s (Adriana Barraza) to fall back on. They have no choice left and are forced to move into her estranged modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA.

Unable to speak a word of Spanish and completely ignorant about their culture, Nora and Mary leave their comfortable world kicking and screaming.

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.

With time they begin to get a sense of what they`ve been missing by remaining locked in their ivory tower all these years. Before long, Nora and Mary begin to regard their Mexican heritage with a sense of pride rather than shame, and realize that all the money in the world can`t buy the happiness of being surrounded and supported by family.

It’s a fun flick that leaves you smiling and re-realising all those things we all ignore in our life at some point or the other. It’s a rom-com that leaves you feeling refreshed and feeling sweet about how beautiful simple life can actually be.

Ratings: Three cheers for this one!