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|Chasing Papi |
Actors: Eduardo Verástegui, Roselyn Sanchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez, Lisa Vidal
Director: Linda Mendoza
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: Ground Zero Release Date: 11/18/2003
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Debbie Lee Wesselmann | the Lehigh Valley, PA | 07/17/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The only thing going for this Latina chick flick is the eye-candy appeal of its stars, since the plot is a ludicrous rehash of an old formula. Charming Tomas (Eduardo Verastegui) has three girlfriends living in different American cities, who, of course, decide to surprise him all at once, only to discover the existence of the others. Severe lawyer Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez) is gorgeous once she removes her glasses, while hot chili Cici (Sofia Vergara) understands the power of cleavage. Add pampered rich girl Patricia (Jaci Velasquez), throw in a drug money subplot that brings in yet another beautiful woman (Lisa Vidal) as the FBI agent, and you've got the full range of this silly movie. Its theme of female empowerment is overshadowed by lots of shrieking, running around, and ridiculous plot turns. This is one of those movies I can't believe I actually watched.I gave this flick an extra star simply because of the charisma the performers bring to their slender roles. Men wanting a glimpse of these actresses in sexy garb and women looking for a silly women against the world flick won't be disappointed - as long as they aren't looking for an interesting plot."
Interesting but not good.
Javier Lopez | Peru | 05/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm glad that the Latin market is growing fast and strong and I was thilled when I heard about this movie.
So when it came out I bought it and found it interesting (you wouldn't get board with it) but I felt that it was made to be successful. I mean that because it's "so good and funny" that you feel that "look for success" vibe.
About the cast I can say that Sofia Vergara isn't just a pretty face and body, she does it very good. Jaci Velasquez shows that besides having a beautiful voice she can also act good. Roselyn Sanchez is also very good. Finally about Eduardo Versategui I think that he was chosen because of his looks because he doesn't work good at all and I think that maybe because of that he sleeps during almost the whole movie.
The story is about a guy (Verastegui) who has 3 women. One in Miami (Vergara), another in New York (Velasquez) and the other in Chicago (Sanchez). Because of his job he spends time in the 3 cities and his home in Los Angeles. Any of the girls know that they are not the only one. But one day they all decide to go to his house in Los Angeles because they heard in a Walter Mercado show (a very famous latin psychic) that women should be alert because their husbands or boyfriends could cheat on them.
So at his house the find out the whole story but they can't do something about it at that time because the love of their lifes is sleeping because he took some sleeping pills because of his stress with the three of them.
The story has a twist when a police woman starts to chase them because she thinks that they're delinquents.
The movie didn't have a lot of success but it's ok, funny and all that but not good."
Decent film, pretty ladies, but obvious and sometimes dull
Thomas M. Sipos | Santa Monica, CA | 11/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"CHASING PAPI has good and bad points. It puts cartoons and music to effective use, and there's some funny satire.
Of course, as others have commented, the big plus is its beautiful ladies. Men may enjoy discussing which of the three women Papi should have chosen. Roselyn Sanchez is my personal favorite.
But at least for me, this film got boring. Perhaps because there wasn't much substance to it. When I felt I was an hour into the film, I checked the timer and saw that only 38 minutes had gone by. The film is only about 75 minutes long (not including credits) but it felt much longer.
The jokes are tame. Those who prefer MONTY PYTON or SOUTH PARK may not find CHASING PAPI too funny.
Worse, this film suffers from what I call "ethnic sitcom disease." You know, when a producer makes a show about a previously unfilmed ethnic group. We see a (Korean, Latino, black, etc.) family, and their home is full of ethnic posters and artwork related to that ethnicity, and the jokes and wisecraks all revolve around celebrities who share that ethnicity, as though people of that ethnic group spend all their time talking about issues related to their ethnic group.
CHASING PAPI feels like an "official latin film," in that the filmmaker felt the need to pass along some messages about latinos. For instance, Cici is constantly harping on how Patricia is "ashamed to be a Latina" because of her "fake eyes" (i.e., colored contact lens). But this makes no sense, because Cici appears to dye her hair blond. Sure, some latinas have blond hair, but some also have blue eyes. What's the big deal?
For that matter, Cici's latin accent seems overdone. I know she's latin, but she also speaks English well. Yet in her role, she occassionally slips into a pronounced latin accent. And because it's only occassional, it seems unnatural to her character; as an affectation done to remind the viewer that Cici is latin.
The dialogue as a whole is obvious and not too funny. A collection of ethnic observations, feminist statements, and repetative snipes at each
Even so, the film is fluffy and well-intentioned. The women are pretty and likeable. I was also pleased that Tomas was not villainized. When I read the description, I worried that I was in for some feminist male-bashing, but that proved not to be the case.
It's a sometimes enjoyable film, although not edgy "laugh out loud" comedy."
I love this movie!
B. Carreras | Los Angeles, CA | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Honestly, this is just a good movie to be enjoyed on a rainy day or with a girlfriend/boyfriend. It's not supposed to be a great genre-defining movie, it's just supposed to be FUN. The three leading ladies play their parts exactly the way they are meant to be played. Cici (Sofia Vergara) is the bombshell, Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez) is the strong intelligent woman, and Patricia (Jaci Velasquez) plays the rich girl. They have great chemistry on-screen and their rivalry is played very well. It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: have fun, and I can't believe people are trashing it for that."