I was drawn to director John Butler’s Papi Chulo, a drama / comedy about a lonely weatherman’s relationship with a Latino immigrant worker because I love stories of beautiful, unexpected friendships. Especially humorous ones with engaging dialogue.
Starring Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño, the beautiful friendship at the core of Papi Chulo delivers some funny and moving moments. I was moved as I watched Bomer’s portrayal of the desperation that can often come with intense loneliness, including some of the missteps one can make while seeking a quick fix.
Besides the most moving moments which also includes the final scene in Papi Chulo, one of the film’s highlights for me is the amusing dialogue each time immigrant worker Ernesto (Patiño) spoke to his wife on the phone.
The main thing Butler’s movie didn’t quite deliver on for me is consistently engaging dialogue throughout; a reality that I confess had me tempted to turn to my phone for a game of vintage Tetris a few times.
Watch Papi Chulo if you’re curious enough. There are indeed better loneliness and ‘beautiful, unexpected friendship‘ movies out there but this one also isn’t the worst.
I can’t be sure that I’ve ever seen Sally field play a leading role before, but I like the idea of Hello, My Name Is Doris…
As is the case for many (I’m guessing), Sally Field’s role as Mrs Gump in Forrest Gump (1994) will forever be the one that sticks in mind when I here her name. A good thing since the movie is brilliant.
Directed by Michael Showalter, I’m expecting Hello, My Name Is Doris to be funny and a refreshingly welcome kind of different.
The story and themes of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Blended are not new, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Blended is the kind of family comedy film to see if you’re in the mood to relax with a movie.
The most memorable moments for me came courtesy of the character played by Terry Crews, who shows up several times in the movie.
If you’re already a fan of the Actors, Sandler, Barrymore and Crews, then you’re more likely to really have fun. Though I don’t love all his movies, I am a Sandler fan.
A taster of his personality is in the following fun Jonathan Ross interview.