From Prada to Nada

Movie review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
From Prada to Nada Movie Poster Image
Jane Austen update with Latino twist offers laughs, romance.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The girls learn positive lessons about the value of their Mexican heritage, as well as the importance of family, friendship, and love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nora and Mary are close sisters who are loyal to one another; Tia Aurelia is a loving aunt. Some of the female characters' romantic interests turn out to be lecherous, while others result in true love. Some of the characters reflect stereotypes about Mexican-Americans.

Violence

Mild exchanges with female gang members. Gun shots are heard. One character is involved in a serious car accident; facial bruises are visible. The unexpected death of one parent is visible. 

Sex

Romance is a major theme of the movie. One sexual encounter includes images of adults in bed wrapped in nothing but sheets (no nudity visible).

Language

Mary frequently uses the word "s--t."

Consumerism

Prada bags, BMWs, and Apple computers are prominently visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol (wine, mixed drinks, tequila) consumption is visible, which sometimes leads to some drunken behavior. One character is shown smoking marijuana and acting high as a result.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this modernized take on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility stars former teen sensations Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) as wealthy sisters who move to East L.A. after their father's death leaves them penniless. The word "s--t" is used frequently, and one relationship leads to a sexual situation (but there's no nudity). Characters drink and get drunk, and marijuana use is visible. Expect lots of humor and stereotypes based on Mexican-American culture, but the movie also celebrates the beauty of this heritage and offers positive messages about family, friendship, and love.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 10 year old Written byLaurenmfrancis January 19, 2011

all ages

love this movie!! great for 10+ seems very positive. cant wait to see it!!
Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written bymaglass February 12, 2011

matt review

i loved it but to old for young kids.
Teen, 15 years old Written byLittleMissSuperDiva7 January 30, 2012

From Prada to Nada

Good movie. Too dramatic. Confusing at times.
Kid, 12 years old September 9, 2016

Really good movie!

This movie is really good and a great chick-flick... Sexual Themes: Couple wrapped in sheets on a bed together (NO NUDITY!) Passionate kisses... I think that... Continue reading

What's the story?

FROM PRADA TO NADA is a modern, Latino-centric tale loosely based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. When law student Nora Dominguez (Camilla Belle) and her shallow younger sister, Mary (Alexa Vega), suddenly lose their father, they find themselves penniless. Forced to sell their Beverly Hills home to their estranged half-brother (Pablo Cruz) and his self-centered wife, Olivia (April Bowlby), to cover their father’s debts, the sisters move in with their great aunt, Tia Aurelia (Adriana Barraza) in East L.A. It isn’t easy, but things look up when Nora attracts the interest of Olivia’s brother, Edward (Nicholas D’Agosto), and Mary finds love with wealthy graduate tutor, Rodrigo Fuentes (Kuno Becker) ... much to the dismay of Aurelia’s proud neighbor Bruno (Wilmer Valderrama). As the sisters navigate a new world of romance, heartache, and love, they also discover the beauty of their Mexican heritage.

Is it any good?

The movie offers a unique version of the Austen classic Sense and Sensibility. It effectively draws on the contrasts between the upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills and East Los Angeles’ prominent Mexican-American community as a way to illustrate class distinctions. But the poignant loss of the sisters’ father and the discovery of a new brother gets a little lost in the narrative about the young women losing their material wealth.

There's also some stereotyping here, and the clash of the two cultures can often feel predictable and formulaic, which results in jokes that are only mildly funny. But it's clear that overall the movie seeks to celebrate the beauty and richness of America’s Mexican heritage and offers this message within the context of family and love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media represents different races and ethnicities. Is it possible to offer a humorous look at a culture’s specific characteristics without using stereotypes? When does this humor cross the line into being critical and/or insulting?

  • What do the main characters learn over the course of the movie? Are they -- and their challenges -- relatable?

  • How do films stay true to classic tales written by masters like Shakespeare or Jane Austen while reflecting modern-day culture and values? What are the different ways that their stories have been told over the years? What's your favorite adaptation, and why?

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