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Chasing Papi (2003)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 16 April 2003 (USA)
The successful and handsome wolf executive of the cosmetic industry Thomas Fuentes has three sexy Latin girlfriends: in Miami, the waitress Cici; in Chicago, the intellectual lawyer Lorena;... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Fuentes
Doctor Chu
Ivette Sosa ...
Miami TV Reporter


The successful and handsome wolf executive of the cosmetic industry Thomas Fuentes has three sexy Latin girlfriends: in Miami, the waitress Cici; in Chicago, the intellectual lawyer Lorena; and in New York, the "daddy's girl" Patricia. When the three women decide to visit him in Los Angeles, Thomas is in a big trouble. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Three women. Three cities. Three times the trouble.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papi chulo  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,404,557 (USA) (18 April 2003)


$6,126,237 (USA) (30 May 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book that Lorena picks up off of Papi's nightstand when she enters his bedroom is '100 Love Sonnets / Cien sonetos de amor', a book by Pablo Neruda, bilingual edition. See more »


When Lorena falls off the chair during The Miss Latina America beauty pageant, Miss Bolivia's hand changes from holding the chair, to on her lap, to back on the chair between shots. See more »


Beauty Pageant Judge: [during Beauty Pageant] How would you respond to those who say: a beauty contest such as this does more for the objectification of women, rather than women's rights?
Lorena: I say, what better way to show that a woman can be both beautiful and intelligent? In fact, if chosen, I plan to propose that all beauty contestants are required to take entrance exams.
Miss Mexico: [mumbling] What the hell is she talking about?
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Referenced in John Tucker Must Die (2006) See more »


Llevame Contigo
Written by Carlos Ponce and Joel Someillan
Performed by Carlos Ponce
Courtesy of EMI Latin
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Silly and contrived, but lots of fun
5 September 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The movie was obviously attempting to be like one of the classic screwball romantic comedies. It succeeds in the style, but not exactly the comedy. Don't get me wrong, there are laughs, but it could've been a lot funnier. I blame part of the failed comic attempts on the writing and part on the actors. They should've just filmed the movie in Spanish. Some of the Hispanic actors really seemed to struggle with the English dialogue. In comedy, it's all about timing, so the expression of the dialogue must be on target. I give the actors points for effort, but all that hard work could've been spared if they spoke in their native language.

I think what mainly makes the film work for me is the fast pace. Despite how silly each situation is, the pace is fast enough to prevent you from dwelling on the silliness. Plus, seeing three beautiful Latina women strut their stuff throughout doesn't hurt either. I saw Sofia Vergara before in "Big Trouble," but she looks different in the movie and I might not have remembered from that previous film because well...I'm trying not to remember it period. It was one of the worst comedies I've ever seen! "Chasing Papi" gives her a much better outlet for her talent. She has got to be THE most beautiful women I've ever seen! Whenever I see her on screen, I feel like Jim Carrey in "The Mask" when he was watching Cameron Diaz do that musical number. If my jaw could literally drop like his character, that would be my exact reaction. I mean, she makes Roselyn Sanchez pale in comparison, and saying a hell of a lot.

All I can say is the film is a lot of fun. I'm surprised by the extremely low rating. And by the way, Paul Rodriguez has a funny cameo, playing similar to the Michael Caine role in "Miss Congeniality."

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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