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Chasing Papi

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stereotyped Latino sitcom about a cheating man.

Movie PG 2003 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Good Movie

age 11+

This movie was sort of silly. I was a little disappointed because I thought it would be better.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Chiquita Banana and the Frito Bandito were subtle compared to the caricatures of Latino culture in this movie, but because it was created by Latinos, it is supposed to be all right. The story is basically a salsa-flavored but otherwise very traditional door-slamming/ mix-up of identical bags farce.

CHASING PAPI has signifiers of Hispanic culture (everyone stops every day to watch superstar astrologer Walter Mercado on television) but it stays very generic because it wants to avoid splintering its audience by identifying its characters as being from any particular culture. The result is as shallow as a sit-com, without any of the real ethnic flavor of movies like Mi Familia or What's Cooking. And it wastes the talents of its attractive performers by forcing them to try to disguise outlandish plot hoops that make no sense with over-the-top mugging and yelling.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 16, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: August 26, 2003
  • Cast: Eduardo Verastequi , Roselyn Sanchez , Sofia Vergara
  • Director: Linda Mendoza
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Latino directors, Latino actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: mild sexuality and language.
  • Last updated: March 11, 2023

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