Chasing Papi

Chasing Papi

5.0 3
Director: Linda Mendoza

Cast: Linda Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez

     
 

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A man learns the hard way that, when it comes to women, three is more than a crowd in this frantic comedy. Tomas Fuentes (Eduardo Verástegui) is a successful advertising man living in Los Angeles who has a way with the ladies. Almost too much of a way, in fact, since he's currently dating three beautiful women in three different cities: Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez), a… See more details below

Overview

A man learns the hard way that, when it comes to women, three is more than a crowd in this frantic comedy. Tomas Fuentes (Eduardo Verástegui) is a successful advertising man living in Los Angeles who has a way with the ladies. Almost too much of a way, in fact, since he's currently dating three beautiful women in three different cities: Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez), a bright and attractive lawyer living in Chicago; Cici (Sofía Vergara), a cocktail waitress from Miami with a fiery personality; and Patricia (Jaci Velasquez), a New Yorker looking to get out from under the domineering shadow of her mother. As it happens, all three women are fans of noted television astrologer Walter Mercado, and on his advice, they each decide to take a bold step in their relationships and visit Tomas in L.A. Needless to say, the women are enraged to discover Tomas' rather spectacular infidelity, but that turns out to be the least of his problems after a mixture of booze and tranquilizers lands him in the hospital, a pair of crooks (D.L. Hughley and Freddy Rodriguez) kidnap him, and he discovers Cici and Patricia are wanted by the law. Produced under the title Papi Chulo, Chasing Papi was the first feature film from director Linda Mendoza after an extensive resume of credits in television comedy.

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Featherweight and certainly more than a little annoying, Chasing Papi nonetheless fares better than anticipated, given the shrill episodes featured in the trailers. At certain moments, its pastel production design mimics guilty pleasures like Bring It On and Charlie's Angels, effectively enough that it's almost tempting to label Chasing Papi its own guilty pleasure. Almost. The Charlie's Angels associations come from grouping together three disparate female types -- the buxom babe, the intellectual career woman, and the princess -- and sending them through a series of set pieces and other pratfalls that exploit their archetypal traits in a way that's more fun than insulting. What's not so fab is that the women initially remain devoted to their philandering boyfriend (Eduardo Verastegui), catfighting for a prize that should have lost its luster, and teaming up to protect him, rather than kicking him to the curb. That spares us the distaff revenge fantasy promised in the trailers, but it requires the women to continue desperately hoping he'll choose them, when they should be seizing their untapped feminism long before the coda. Then again, it's hard to take revenge on a guy who spends much of the movie unconscious on tranquilizers. While this tends to negate the "chasing" aspect of the title, it was undoubtedly a smart decision, given Verastegui's limited acting chops. Roselyn Sanchez, Sofía Vergara, and Jaci Velasquez show more energetic talents, and their sense of fun is contagious, almost in spite of the audience's better judgment. Six Feet Under's Freddy Rodriguez also turns in a comically unintelligible performance as a hoodlum with a toothache.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
UPC:
0013132606200
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
69,551

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roselyn Sanchez Lorena
Sofía Vergara Cici
Jaci Velasquez Patricia
Eduardo Verástegui Tomas 'Papi' Fuentes
Lisa Vidal Carmen
Freddy Rodriguez Victor
D.L. Hughley Rodrigo
Maria Conchita Alonso Mary
Walter Mercado Himself
Ian Gomez Doctor Chu
Paul Rodriguez Actor
Joy Enriquez Actor
Bret Roberts Biker

Technical Credits
Linda Mendoza Director
Steve Antin Original Story,Screenwriter
Alison Balian Screenwriter
Chemin Sylvia Bernard Casting
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Elaine Dysinger Co-producer
Emilio Estefan Score Composer
Xavier Pérez Grobet Cinematographer
Candi Guterres Production Designer
Maysie Hoy Editor
Nellie Nugiel Co-producer
Tajamika Paxton Executive Producer
Salvador Perez Costumes/Costume Designer
Julian Petrillo Asst. Director
Frankie Pine Musical Direction/Supervision
Elizabeth Sarnoff Screenwriter
Laura Angelica Simon Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Stabley Art Director
Tracey Trench Producer
Bryan John Venegas Set Decoration/Design
Forest Whitaker Producer

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