women surprise the man they love only to
find each other, a bag full of
money and a lot of craziness in Chasing
Papi, the critically acclaimed movie
featuring Latin lovelies Roselyn Sanchez
as lawyer Lorena, Sofia Vergara as stylist
Cici and singer Jaci Velasquez as proper
Patricia and newcomer Eduardo Verastegui
as Tomas “Papi” Fuentes.
The movie set mainly in Los Angeles
is a story of discovering self through
adversity and chasing love through many
ups and downs.
Tomas, an ad executive in LA has three
women he visits in three different cities.
Cici lives in Miami, and she’s
as hot as the weather. Played by the
voluptuous Vergara, Cici is the around
the way Mami, quick with sex appeal,
insults and intuition. Chicago bred Lorena,
played by Sanchez, is a strong dedicated
lawyer searching for justice, equality
for the underprivileged and a little
spice in her dull but important life.
The spoiled Patricia from New York sees “Papi” for
Prince Charming, her knight ready to
sweep her off her feet.
There is action, sexual tension, and
colorfully written interaction between
the three main characters that not only
learn to deal with each other but love
each other and each other’s faults.
You almost forget the man involved watching
them run around the city chasing love
and being chased. It’s a funny
look at what individual things will make
you find yourself.
Throughout the film there is a Latin
feel and rightfully so, being directed
by Linda Mendoza, the Director of Photography
being Xavier Perez Grobet, the story
being written by Laura Angelica Simon
and Steven Antin and with the musical
score done by Emilio Estefan, Jr.. The
cut shots were great and they in particular
did a fantastic job with using cut screens
to show the rapid movement of Papi and
the women. One scene in particular has
Papi in a airport when women from everywhere
begin to call him. The shots come from
every angle and just when he thinks one
is gone another pops up. It’s a
course in simplicity does wonders.
The movie also does a great job of showing
the Latin comedy intricacies from the
use of Spanglish and going in and out
with English to culture myths and traditions.
The movie executive produced by Tajamika
Paxton, and produced by Simon, Tracey
Trench and movie vet Forest Whitaker
is significant in that it is of the first,
if not the first, Latin American based
comedies done by Latin Americans (with
the help of a few of their African cousins)
to get major backing and distribution
from a major movie house (20th Century
We need to see more minorities in leading
roles and less as eye candy, although
these women are each dynamically beautiful.
Verastegui in his first English starring
role isn’t in acting in an award
winning fashion but plays a nice fourth
fiddle. Lisa Vidal plays Officer Rivera,
a good cop looking for a big bust. D.L.
Hughley lends his services as Rodrigo,
a suit-wearing thug looking for a specific
financial pickup in a brown bag.
While lacking depth the movie plays
like a 80’s movie, one in which
sex was mentioned but not brought up
every time you saw a prominent member
of the opposite sex. It went unmentioned
and that created an environment where
you saw beautiful people everywhere in
interaction. Good for a catching light
comedy with a basic premise, Chasing
Papi is right for the family or just
sexy enough for you and a friend.
I’ll give it 3 globes.
The story could have been a little more
believable and they could have gotten
more in depth as mentioned earlier. Papi
could have had more interaction with
the ladies and the subplots could have
gone through more ups and downs before
coming to a climax. Overall though it
was a nice effort that people should
see when the don’t want too hot
and sticky or Disney!