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Decent film, pretty ladies, but obvious and sometimes dull
on November 30, 2006
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.