Carla (Toni Collette) and Connie (Nia Vardalos) are two artists who have had an unrelenting obsession with musical theatre for their entire lives. Unfortunately, their passion never made them famous or put any money on the table. After performing a number for a painfully disinterested audience at the airport, the two Chicago gals have the misfortune of witnessing a mafia hit. The group murders none other than their boss, Frank (Michael Roberds), who also happened to be their only fan. Frightened and distressed, the musicians pack up their costumes and run for their lives to Los Angeles.
Initially taking up a job at the beauty salon, Connie and Carla cannot fit in and end up being fired. Instead they decide to pose as drag queens and become determined to make it big in the business. Eventually they end up hosting a burlesque event at The Handlebar, a well-known gay club from LA. Their variety show, Connie and Carla and the Belles of the Balls, becomes a huge hit and the two singers manage to convince Stanley (Ian Gomez), the club owner, to let them have their own dinner theater. However, the gals do not get to enjoy their success for very long – Connie is introduced to Jeff (David Duchovny), the straight brother of one of her drag friends and soon falls for him. The problem is that Jeff thinks Connie is a man.
“Connie and Carla is pretty much My Big Fat Drag Queen Show – a cross-dressing comedy you can safely take your grandma.”
— Mark Englehart
“Filled with zest and energetic performances.”
— Urban Cinefile
Did You Know?
The movie’s director Michael Lembeck collaborated with actress Nia Vardalos (who is also the writer of Connie And Carla) all throughout the film. Lembeck’s father co-starred with Debbie Reynolds in 1964, in a musical film entitled The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Reynolds also makes a special appearance in Connie And Carla as herself. Review our Gay Themed Films Here