Chasing Papi (2003)

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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 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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PG (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Jaci Velasquez
as Patricia
Eduardo Verástegui
as Tomas `Papi' Fuentes
Linda Mendoza
as Lorena's Office Receptionist
D.L. Hughley
as Rodrigo
Carlos Ponce
as Himself
Bryce Johnson
as Bellboy
Henriette Mantel
as Desk Clerk
Bunnie Rivera
as Patricia's Maid
Christina Vidal
as Festival Singer
Anthony John Denison
as Agent Quinn
Sheila E.
as Latin Festival Band Member
Lisa Vidal
as Carmen
Ian Gomez
as Doctor Chu
Mildred Dumas
as Airport Woman
Pete Escovedo
as Latin Festival Band Member
Lucy Butler
as Ms. James
Nadine Velazquez
as Attractive Woman at Conga Club
Ed Marques
as Male Flight Attendant
Nicole Scherzinger
as Miss Puerto Rico
Joaquin Escamilla
as Club Dancer No. 3
Peter Michael Escovedo
as Latin Festival Band Member
Amy French
as Novice Nun
Walter Mercado
as Himself
Theresa Barbosa-Adams
as Club Dancer No. 1
Sandra Ramírez
as Miss Mexico
Marcos Santana
as Club Dancer No. 4
Carlos Torres Marin
as Club Dancer No. 5
Ivette Sosa
as Gloria
Barbara Bermudo
as Miami TV Reporter
Laurie Carrasco
as La Llorona
Juan E. Escovedo
as Latin Festival Band Member
Nicole Pantenburg
as Club Dancer No. 2
Marie Frances Perez
as Club Dancer No. 6
Ariana Muratti
as Club Dancer No. 7
Tita Guerrero
as Club Dancer No. 8
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Critic Reviews for Chasing Papi

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (22)

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

April 22, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

I've seen episodes of The Love Boat with more emotional investment and involvement from the characters than this ...

April 21, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

So resoundingly awful, there may be grounds to sue for mental suffering.

April 18, 2003
Washington Post
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The whole thing is loud and unfunny, not showing off anyone to good advantage.

April 18, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Chasing Papi

½

Ridiculous and cute. The women are really annoying at first but their crazy antics make them grow on you by the end.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Chasing Papi is bad, really bad. The jokes are so un-funny and the only thing that nets this shitfest 1-star are a whole lot of hot Latina chicas.

Lucas Yothment
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