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"CHASING PAPI"
(2003) (Roselyn Sanchez, Sofia Vergara) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate None Heavy Minor Mild
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None None Mild Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: Three women discover that they share the same boyfriend and try to figure out what to do about that while dealing with some criminals.
PLOT:
Tomas Fuentes a.k.a. Papi Chulo (EDUARDO VERASTEGUI), is such a good-looking stud that all sorts of women, including his assistant, Mary (JOY ENRIQUEZ), are constantly swooning over him. He has a girlfriend, however, in the shape of Miami cocktail waitress Cici (SOFIA VERGARA).

He can't see her for long, however, since he has to travel to Chicago to see Lorena (ROSELYN SANCHEZ), his other girlfriend, a beautiful lawyer. Then he's off to see rich socialite Patricia (JACI VELASQUEZ) who can't stand her mother constantly fawning over her.

The women aren't aware of the others' existence, but simultaneously decide to travel to Los Angeles to surprise the advertising executive. He's been having progressively worsening anxiety attacks over the three women, and thus mixes alcohol with some prescription tranquilizers, a combination that soon renders him unconscious. But not before all three women descend upon his house, meet each other, and the fur starts flying.

Each is mistrustful of the others, but they join forces when they spot another apparent girlfriend, Carmen (LISA VIDAL), who's wearing a sidearm. They go on the run with the unconscious Tomas in tow, unaware that Carmen is really an FBI agent who's after some stolen money that was in the back of the convertible Cici volunteered to drive to L.A.

The recipients of that money, thugs Rodrigo (D.L. HUGHLEY) and Victor (FREDDY RODRIGUEZ), are none too happy that the women no longer have that money (of which they were unaware). From that point on, and as they await Tomas to regain consciousness and choose between them, the three women go through various gyrations, including posing Lorena as a beauty pageant contestant, as they try to find the money, rescue Tomas and grow as individuals.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of someone in the cast or goofy romantic comedies, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For mild sensuality and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • ROSELYN SANCHEZ plays a lawyer who's upset to discover that Tomas is dating other women. Although she initially clashes with the other women, she eventually bonds with them as she learns how to loosen up. She drinks champagne (and apparently quite a bit) with the two other ladies in one scene.
  • SOFIA VERGARA plays a spicy cocktail waitress who's just as mad to find out about Lorena and Patricia, but eventually befriends them as she tries to solve their various issues. She also drinks champagne.
  • JACI VELASQUEZ plays a spoiled socialite who's also shocked about her boyfriend's infidelity but learns to break free from her mother's grasp by hanging out with her new friends. She also drinks champagne.
  • EDUARDO VERASTEGUI plays an advertising executive who's lied to all three women about being faithful to them, but truly believes he's equally in love with all of them and can't decide on any of them above the others. He ends up passed out for most of the film after mixing booze and many prescription tranquilizer pills.
  • LISA VIDAL plays an FBI agent who's on the trail of some criminals and uses Papi and the three women to nab them.
  • D.L. HUGHLEY and FREDDY RODRIGUEZ play two criminals who want the money that Cici has unknowingly driven to them.
  • JOY ENRIQUEZ plays Tomas' assistant who's in love with him.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a quick look at the content found in this romantic comedy that's been rated PG. Profanity consists of a handful of mild expletives, while some colorful phrases and non-explicit, but sexually related comments are made. Various women are seen in revealing and/or skimpy attire (showing varying amounts of skin and lots of cleavage, with the camera occasionally focusing in tight on various clothed body parts), while some brief making out and related heavy breathing is present.

    Various characters drink, with one mixing booze and prescription tranquilizer pills and thus passing out. Various characters have bad attitudes, including some criminal types who briefly threaten and chase the three main women (with guns, but no shots are fired), as well as one lothario who's simultaneously dating those women who aren't initially aware of each other.

    Meanwhile, some purposeful and accidentally person-to-person physical contact (hitting, tripping, etc.) occurs. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • People have drinks in a club, including Papi and Cici.
  • Papi brings Lorena a bottle of wine and we see her holding a glass of it.
  • We see Cici unloading beer from a box where she works.
  • Tomas' doctor prescribes tranquilizers for his anxiety. Later, he takes one pill with a drink and then takes many more (and has another drink, while holding one for Lorena), resulting in him eventually passing out and being unconscious for a great part of the movie.
  • Lorena says she'd love a margarita, but a beauty pageant director tells her (thinking she's a contestant) that there's no drinking allowed. The three women then order champagne with room service and we later see that they're on their third bottle.
  • We see ads for Miller Genuine Draft at a concert/festival, several people drink beer there and Victor and then Rodrigo hold cold cans of beer against their sore faces.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Tomas has both types of attitudes for lying to the three women about being faithful to them while actually secretly dating all three.
  • Rodrigo and Victor are criminals who threaten the women when they discover their money is missing.
  • The three women initially have bad attitudes toward each other, but that changes as the story progresses.
  • Patricia is initially a rich and spoiled socialite who looks down on the other two women.
  • The three women steal a motorcycle (promising to return it) to elude Carmen.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • There's a scene where Cici (in Tomas' imagination) briefly turns into a wild-haired, harpy-looking version of herself (complete with menacing look), but it's all played for laughs (and occurs several times again with different women).
  • Although played for comedy, Victor and Rodrigo chase after the three women and carry handguns.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns: Carried by Rodrigo and Victor as they chase the women.
  • Handguns/Automatic weapons: Aimed by FBI agents at some criminals as they arrest them.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Screwed this up," "Tramp," "Hootchie mama," "Shut up," "Who the hell are you?" "Jerk" and "What the hell is she talking about?"
  • Tomas nervously mixes booze and prescription tranquilizer pills (and ends up passing out).
  • All three women simultaneously ride just one motorcycle.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 slang term for breasts ("boobs"), 3 hells, 1 ass, 1 damn, 6 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "Oh God" and 1 use of "Jesus" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • The camera focuses on Cici's clothed butt as she dances in a dress (after we see an animated cartoon version of the same thing). Moments later, she and Papi do a little bit of suggestive dancing and then briefly make out (the camera pans up and away from them).
  • Cici shows varying amounts of cleavage in various pieces of revealing clothing throughout the movie.
  • Tomas and Lorena get into some brief, heavy breathing and passionate kissing.
  • An apparently gay airline person suggestively comments about "putting that" in the upright position when he walks past Tomas in an airport.
  • After Tomas complains about feeling stressed to a doctor, he admits that he's dating three women. The doctor then states that they now know where the blood is.
  • Cici, Lorena and Patricia all walk out from different rooms in Tomas' place, hoping to surprise him, but instead see each other. Each is wearing lingerie he bought them (with Lorena's small bra and panty combo being the most revealing, although we see Cici in panties and a top that shows a great deal of cleavage).
  • As the three women leave Tomas' house, Cici sarcastically asks what Tomas would see in a woman like herself and puts her hands on her clothed breasts while doing so.
  • Mary calls and leaves a message on Tomas' answering machine saying that she's checking up on him and wants him to be in bed when she gets there (from a sick and not sexual standpoint), but the three women who overhear that take it the latter way.
  • We see Cici in her nightie in her opened robe.
  • To attempt to fit in with other beauty pageant contestants, Lorena unbuttons some of her blouse, adjusts her breasts and shows some cleavage.
  • Cici lowers her dress straps (to reveal more cleavage) and then tears or otherwise modifies Lorena and Patricia's clothing to make them look sexier for a dance number (and Lorena shows cleavage, a bare midriff and now wears a very short skirt). The camera then focuses on Cici's clothed butt and the women shake their clothed chests as part of their dance number.
  • We see Cici in a one-piece bathing suit that shows cleavage.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Dating more than one person at the same time.
  • The women using their sexuality at various points in the film.
  • Root canals.
  • Beauty pageants.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Cici briefly grabs and shakes Patricia until Lorena separates them.
  • Cici hits Tomas with her clothed chest.
  • All three women slap Tomas while he lies unconscious on the floor.
  • Patricia hits Victor over the head with a lamp, knocking him out.
  • Cici purposefully trips a beauty pageant contestant.
  • Victor spins around and accidentally hits Rodrigo in the face with his elbow.
  • FBI agents hold handguns and automatic weapons on Victor and Rodrigo (with a thrown bag accidentally hitting Victor and knocking him to the ground).



  • Reviewed April 10, 2003 / Posted April 16, 2003

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