From Prada to Nada

January 28th 2011
  • Comedy/Romance,
  • PG-13,
  • 107 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, April Bowlby, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D'Agosto, Kuno Becker, Adriana Barraza, Karla Souza, Alexis Ayala, Leticia Fabián, Begoña Narváez, Luis Rosales, Monica Burnes, Oliverio Gareli, Catalina López, Pablo Cruz, Romina Peniche, Adan Canto, Denise Blasor
  • Director: Angel Gracia
  • Writers: Fina Torres, Luis Alfaro, Craig Fernandez, Jane Austen
  • Producers: Gary Gilbert, Linda McDonough, Gigi Pritzker, Chris Ranta
  • Co Producer: Rossana Arau
  • Executive Producers: Deborah Del Prete, James M. McNamara, Ben Odell
  • Art Directions: Ricardo Davila, Carlos Lagunas
  • Castings: Sari Knight, Pauline Ocon, Raúl Simancas
  • D.O.P.: Héctor Ortega
  • Editor: Brad McLaughlin
  • Makeup: Julie Rea
  • Music: Heitor Pereira
  • Production Design: Anthony R. Stabley
  • Set Decoration: Aida Rodriguez


Loosely based on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility". This story is about two sisters that found out after the death of their father they were in fact not rich but poor, which this turn of events forced them to move in with an alienated aunt.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA; Monterrey, Mexico
  • MPAA Warning: Brief drug use and a sexual situation
  • Production Companies: Gilbert Films, Lionsgate, Odd Lot Entertainment, Videocine
  • Production Schedule: 20 October 2009 - 19 December 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: The project is being pushed as a Latina version of the Austen classic which, in theory, sounds awful - the kind of cringe inducing, stereotype re-inforcing comedy that simply doesn't need to exist any more. Yet the script is adapted by Luis Alfaro, a respected Chicano performance artist, writer and activist who gave a similar treatment to the stage play "Oedipus Rex" in San Francisco earlier this year.

Four studios are directly involved in this film's production - Gilbert Films, Lionsgate, Odd Lot Entertainment, and Videocine - however it's little known Pantelion Films set to distribute it in late January. The trailer is utterly terrible but will no doubt appeal to a demographic which frankly would have little interest in seeing Austen stories done classically. You'll either delight to the idea, or dismiss it out of hand.

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