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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

After a newly-single TV weatherman (Matt Bomer) is put on leave following an on-air meltdown, he directs his energy into home improvement and hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) to help. Despite a language barrier and having nothing in common, the two men develop an unexpected but profound friendship in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles.

Cast

  • Matt Bomer
  • Alejandro Patiño
  • Elena Campbell-Martinez
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey
  • Michael Shepperd
  • Tommie Earl Jenkins
  • Shaughn Buchholz
  • Tom Beyer
  • Irene White
  • Caitlin Kimball

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The film premiered at TIFF in Canada in 2018.
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Metacritic

60
Jun 8, 2019

Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patiño, who play the two leads, have a chemistry that brings to mind Tom McCarthy’s superior studies of seemingly disparate characters bonding against all odds, The Station Agent and The Visitor. That unlikely companionship – the heart of Butler’s film – goes a long way to make up for other lags: underdeveloped secondary characters and a few misjudged sequences that unwittingly titter on the brink of “racist.”

Metacritic review by Alex Saveliev
Alex Saveliev
Film Threat
40
Jun 6, 2019

Well-intentioned but at times insensitive, Papi Chulo is a complicated movie. It wants so badly to do the right thing when the situation is all wrong.

Metacritic review by Monica Castillo
Monica Castillo
TheWrap
75
Jun 6, 2019

Papi Chulo eventually turns effectively…poignant.

Rex Reed
Observer