Thursday 17 October 2019

Papi Chulo review: 'Looks fantastic but gets out of its depth'

3 stars

Papi Chulo
Papi Chulo
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In Papi Chulo, writer/director John Butler abandons the verdant backdrop of Ireland for the parched splendour of suburban Los Angeles.

Matt Bomer is Sean, a gay TV weatherman who’s forced to take some gardening leave after he has a breakdown live on air.

While recuperating in his plush Hollywood Hills home, he hires a Mexican handiman called Ernesto (Alejandro Patino) to repaint his peeling deck.

John Butler milks this unlikely relationship for laughs very efficiently, and Bomer is genuinely touching as the lost and confused Sean.

Papi Chulo looks fantastic, but seems out of its depth when it follows Ernesto to his hispanic neighbourhood, and home.

(15A, 99mins)

Irish Independent

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