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Tio Papi

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Bittersweet family comedy involves parental loss.

Movie PG 2013 90 minutes
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The film injects humor into a difficult situation, while tugging at the heartstrings. There's nothing original about the story of a group of orphans who land in the unsuspecting care of an ill-suited guardian, but comedian Dedio (the titular TIO PAPI -- "uncle daddy") and Cuban-American director Fro Rojas infuse the familiar plot with a distinctly urban, Latin flavor. Dedio is a believably happy, working-class bachelor who rents a one-bedroom apartment in the barrio of Upper Manhattan and saves what little he makes in hopes of making his big move south.

When his sister and brother-in-law die, leaving all six of their kids orphaned, it's tragicomic to see Ray Ray attempt to fit the half dozen children -- including two teenagers, twin tweens, and two little ones -- into his daily routine (one of them has to sleep in a plastic hamper). McGillis and the state play the antagonists in the story, who find Ray Ray unfit as a guardian, but, like any feel-good "orphan" story, this Tio finds a way to be a Papi at all costs.

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