Directed by Michael Lembeck, starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella, Alec Mapa, Chris Logan, Nick Sandow, Dash Mihok and Boris McGiver.
Nia Vardalos, creator and star of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', has returned with this tale of two musical fanatics hiding out from gangsters in LA. Like 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' it's meant to be 'wacky' and 'zany' but again, funny trails a long way behind in third.
With a regular gig at an airport lounge, Connie and Carla (Vardalos and Collette) are forced to go on the run when they witness their boss being murdered in a drug deal - and discover that the drugs have been hidden in their belongings. They head for LA where, unable to get jobs they can hold down, they pretend to be drag queens and take over the musical revue at a gay bar. Their show becomes a huge success but they've still got big problems to deal with: a Russian hitman (McIver) is combing every musical production in the US looking for them and Connie has fallen for Jeff (Duchovny), the brother of her drag queen neighbour.
Your enjoyment of this film depends solely on how entertaining you find men dressed up as women (or in Connie and Carla's case women dressed up like men pretending to be women), because this is just one gag dragged out until the finale. For Collette, it's a waste of her talent and Vardalos is also a
better actress than her script suggests. It bounces along at a
scatterbrained pace, but there's such a lack of imagination in the set-up and situations that you'll find your patience sorely tested. Putting Duchovny in the role of the love interest is about as adventurous as this film gets, and you'll end up looking more incredulously at his casting than some of the outfits Connie and Carla's LA mates wear.
Some like it lukewarm? Well, they're welcome to it.