Puerto Ricans in Paris - Review / Interview

R | 1h 22min | Comedy | 10 June 2016 (USA)

*Now in theaters*

Synopsis: Two Puerto Rican NYPD detectives head to Paris to track down a stolen handbag.

At first glimpse this may seem like a redundant buddy comedy but at the core it is a funny, well written, and unique film that does its best to avoid cliches. The film stars Luis Guzmán and Edgar Garcia as two detectives sent to Paris to help solve a caper.

I spoke to Luis about the film and asked him about his involvement. As producer Luis approached writer/ director Ian Edelman about creating a solid comedy that could relate to everyone. We - Guzman and Garcia - had worked before on HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA and the chemistry was already there. We added some great on location shoots and the finished project all came together nicely.The addition of co-stars Rosario Dawson and Rosie Perez only enhance the onscreen draw.

The dialogue is very quick and the banter between the two cops if fast but also grounded in reality. They are partners but also Brother-in-Laws.  This dynamic adds a personal element to the conversations. This too was important to Luis who said they would often stop in the middle of shooting and rethink certain lines. If it was something that any of them had heard often in other films they would take it out. Never wanting to rehash old jokes or comments.

When I told Guzman that I never felt like I was watching a Puerto Rican film he was elated. He feels proud that this film is for everyone. It has a title that can be misleading but it is meant to be about two guys that are relatable with characters that are simply funny. 

You enjoy them together so much that I asked if a sequel or TV series was a possibility. Luis gave his signature laugh and would only say that anything is possible. But he did have a lot of fun making the film and would not hesitate to revisit the characters. 

Puerto Ricans in Paris is rated R for language including some sexual references. It is an adult comedy but one that is neither crude nor offensive. I give it 3.5 out of 5 macaroons'. A tasty treat for your comedic palette.

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