Girl power, cha-cha-cha

April 18, 2003|By Jay Boyar | Jay Boyar,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chasing Papi, a girl-power comedy with a Latin beat, is an unfunny if generally good-natured ordeal.

Billed as the "first major studio comedy to reflect the Hispanic cultural experience in America," the film looks at three Latina characters.

Cici, a cocktail waitress from Miami, is a fun-loving hottie who favors big hair and loose, cleavage-revealing outfits.

The more reserved Lorena, a Chicago attorney, most often wears conservative suits accessorized with conservative ties.

Patricia, an heiress, lives in New York where she pampers her dog Fifi, wears nothing but haute couture and whines.

They're brought together by Tomas, the dreamy ad exec dating them all, without any of their knowing it. The guacamole hits the fan when all three women show up at Tomas' Los Angeles home on the same day.

Tomas spends much of the film zonked on a scotch-and-tranquilizer cocktail, and a TV astrologer figures prominently in the plot. So do pratfalls aplenty, a stolen convertible, a thug who has just had a root canal, a Latina beauty pageant and, somehow, the FBI.

Sofia Vergara plays the sizzling Cici, Roselyn Sanchez is the movie's buttoned-down Lorena and Jaci Velasquez is heiress Patricia. Eduardo Verastegui, as Tomas, is usually comatose. Lucky guy: He misses almost everything.

Jay Boyar writes for the Orlando Sentinel, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

Chasing Papi

Starring Eduardo Verastegui, Roselyn Sanchez, Sofia Vergara, Jaci Velasquez

Directed by Linda Mendoza

Rated PG (mild sensuality and language)

Released by 20th Century Fox

Time 80 minutes

SUN SCORE * 1/2

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