Rating: PG-13 tasteless situations and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Victor/Victoria and Some Like It Hot it ain’t, and the inevitable comparisons won’t be pretty. Could it be that comedienne Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is just a great big flash in the pan?
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Only in the movies: Connie and Carla become the unexpected toasts of the underground cabaret circuit, a cross-dressing smash. One bad musical number segues into another, showcasing the flamboyant duo as poster children for struggling drag queens everywhere.
Gender-bender obstacle 101; girl playing guy playing girl falls for guy and yearns to prove she’s a girl. In this case the lucky guy is hunky Jeff (David Duchovny), the straight brother of one of the chorus line who’s at a loss to fathom the attraction.
With the mafia hot on their heels and their sexes blurring beyond recognition, the “girls” assuage their guilty consciences by offering up meaningful advice -- in this case lectures on body image and the importance of believing in yourself. Subplot piles on subplot, leaving a train wreck of a finale in its wake (with a cameo by Debbie Reynolds, no less).
Connie is harmless enough; chock full of tasteless innuendo and the occasionally witty zinger. The project has crowd-pleaser written all over it, but it’s that brand of smirky, trying-too-hard entertainment that reeks of desperation.
Vardalos over-plays her hand, attempting to lap up a little residual Greek Wedding glory. The talented Collette is once again relegated to second-fiddle, and the normally intelligent Duchovny could use his time a lot more productively.