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Connie and Carla | 2004 | PG-13 | - 4.4.3

Two women (Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette) who are struggling Chicago dinner theater performers, accidentally witness a drug related killing and decide to run away and hide in Los Angeles, pretending to be drag queens. They feel safe until their show becomes a big hit and they begin to attract more attention than they had hoped. Also with David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella and Christopher Logan. Directed by Michael Lembeck. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Two men kiss romantically and hug. A man and a woman kiss, and a woman kisses a man (while he thinks she's a man). Two women open their tops to an audience (we see them from the back). Gay men dress as women throughout the movie and their outfits reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and thighs. People dance together in a few scenes. A man tells a woman to sit on his face. Men touch a woman's clothed breasts (they think she is a man with fake breasts). We see entertainers in various stages of dress while preparing for drag shows. A mother asks her daughter if she is a prostitute.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is shot (we hear the gunshot and see him lying on the ground). Two women are chased and shot at, they scream, run and race away in their car. A man is bent backwards over the hood of a car and two men threaten him. Many men and women fight with two men with punches and kicks, one man kisses another man then punches him, one bites a man on the arm, one scratches a man, one man shoots a gun in the air, and two women climb on two men and punch them repeatedly. Two men hold two women around the throat. A man is knocked out by a blow to the head with a fire extinguisher. A man shoves two women's faces onto a bar. A man threatens to kill a man, and a man threatens to kill a man over the phone. A man yells at a man on the phone, and two women yell at each other and argue. A man and a woman run into each other in several scenes knocking each other to the ground. A woman opens a package of cocaine, it sprays the inside of a car and the two women in it, they try not to inhale it and one tries not to lose control of the car.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 1 scatological term, 3 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. We hear that a man is a cocaine dealer.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cross-dressing, dreams, goals, giving up, disappointment, love, normality, friendship, homosexuality, stereotypical behavior, family, dinner theater, Botox.

MESSAGE - Accept people for who they are. We should each be allowed to be happy as who we really are.

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