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Chasing Papi (2003)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 20

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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 bright and attractive lawyer living in Chicago; Cici (Sofía Vergara), a cocktail waitress from Miami with a fiery personality; and



Elizabeth Sarnoff, Alison Balian, Laura Angelica Simon

Aug 26, 2003


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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (42) | DVD (9)

The only place you're likely to find such shrill and whitewashed caricatures is in the elitist pages of Hola!

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I've seen episodes of The Love Boat with more emotional investment and involvement from the characters than this ...

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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So resoundingly awful, there may be grounds to sue for mental suffering.

April 18, 2003 | Comment (1)
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The whole thing is loud and unfunny, not showing off anyone to good advantage.

April 18, 2003
Arizona Republic
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It's the engaging performances of Jaci Velasquez, Roselyn Sanchez and Sofia Vergara, as well as a few humorous Latin colloquialisms, that turn an otherwise inane script into a cute confection of a film.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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A thin attempt at comedy and a corny take on the buddy movie.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Stereotyped Latino sitcom about a cheating man.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An entertaining fluffy popcorn comedy with plenty of eye candy for the guys and gals.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[T]he flavor is Latino, but the result is like salsa flavored cotton candy.

January 4, 2004

If you're in the mood for a couple of hours of carefree fun, Chasing Papi is well worth chasing down.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's like watching Univision or Telemundo on the big screen.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The fun in this concept was already congealed on the page and the film's forced antics are painful and embarrassing to women, Latins, everyone.

April 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A simple-minded mishmash that could more aptly be called Chasing Pap.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A romantic comedy that is sexy without being gratuitous, funny without being crude, and mercifully free of on-screen Latino stereotypes such as chambermaids and troubled immigrants.

April 17, 2003

[Verastegui] seems to have confused acting in a motion picture with posing for an 8x10 glossy.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Chiquita Banana and the Frito Bandito were subtle compared to the caricatures of Latino culture in this movie.

April 17, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

This much-too-complex comedy carries only a few chuckles.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

Long hair, long legs and a splashy soundtrack can't save Chasing Papi from its contrived plot, tired jokes and retro gender politics.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

There's a lot of fluff in this comedy, but it's mostly harmless fluff. Yes, there are times that the women seem objectified, but they also have moments of empowerment to balance the scales.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Chasing Papi

Most successful farces are interesting because they exaggerate stereotypes to previously unexplored hilarity, have comical, original schtick, and occasionally push the bounds of farce to become satire. This film goes 0/3 with three strikeouts - the hat trick. The characters are neither stick to the type nor rise to become real people. "Comical, original schtick?" Not even slightly. And I can't even think of what it could be satirizing.
The most offensive aspect of the film is its depiction of women. Not one is independent or self-respecting, and we can never understand what they see in the philandering object of their affections. Even their eventual claim to independence is contrived and lacking in any conviction. These women make me ashamed to be a feminist.
Overall, this film attempts to be a farce and succeeds only in being an insult to the audience's intelligence. Netflix warned me that I wouldn't like this film; it's good to have a friend who knows me so well.
January 20, 2011
Jim Hunter

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December 25, 2007
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    1. Lorena: We have got to be strong, because we deserve more than this.
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