Puerto Ricans in Paris (Blu-ray)

August 3, 2016 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

It’s not very often that Luis Guzman headlines a film, but he’s given the chance here. While the end result is something of a mixed bag, and not very memorable, there are some laughs to be had if you don’t overthink it. It’s one of those films that you might find entertaining, but if you skip it all together, you won’t be missing out on much. Guzman plays an undercover Detective named Luis. We see him and his partner as the film opens cracking down on fake handbags being sold in their city. It doesn’t take long for their efforts to catch the attention of a couple of officers who offer them a large sum of money to travel to Paris to track down a handbag before it can hit the streets. If that plot sounds more than a little flimsy, it’s because it is. We’re given merely an excuse to send these characters to Paris and let the comedy do the work. The plot is thin and predictable, and mainly an excuse for the actors to do their thing.

I’ll admit that Luis Guzman gets under my skin after a while. That is why I enjoy him OK as a supporting character, but when he’s asked to carry a film like this, the short running time felt much longer than it actually was. Indeed, this is a perfectly harmless film, but it’s not something I hope to revisit any time soon or at all, for that matter. At least the mood is kept light throughout the majority of the film. It never ventures off into unnecessary dramatic moments or seriousness. The cast is certainly talented, but the actors all could’ve used a sharper script that what we have here. Some sharper dialogue would’ve given the film an added jolt. Still, if you’re bored and somehow stumble upon this, you won’t feel too bad for watching it.

Video: How’s it look?

There’s little to report on here. The transfer is fine as it should be. The print and background details are fine with sharp contrast throughout. Universal is pretty consistent with their discs and this is no exception. Fans of the film will be pleased. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.39:1 ratio.

Audio: How’s it sound?

We get a serviceable DTS HD track here. Just like the transfer, it gets the job done. The opening has a lot of action in it, and that helps set the mood in a way. While the rest of the film is busy, the dialogue never became an issue either. All in all, this track satisfies.

Supplements: What are the extras?

There are no supplemental features on this disc.

The Bottom Line

What we get here is a film that’s neither a true gem nor a complete dud. I can’t come right out and recommend it as there are much, much better comedies out there. I will say that if you somehow stumble upon it, you won’t feel terrible about sitting through it.

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