Imagine walking through a park and watching a man being trailed by a gang of rug rats yelling, “Tio, Tio”, as they run behind him. According to Joey Dedio, a similar incident he witnessed was the inspiration for the new family-friendly comedy, “Tio Papi”.
Raymond “Ray Ray” Dominguez is living the bachelor’s life in NYC. Working, hanging with friends, and saving money to make his dreams come true. He wants out of the ‘hood. After an evening spent partying, a late night knock on the door wakes him up to a nightmare when he finds a social worker delivering his deceased sister’s children into his custody. Six grieving children, whom he loves but hasn’t really made time for, have just been dropped into his lap. Still sleepy, and in shock, he agrees to a temporary arrangement. That, of course, comes back to bite him on the butt later in the film.
On the same day that we all read about the great weekend box office numbers for “Instructions Not Included” and the growing importance of Latino movie goers, hundreds of people gathered to view the premiere of “Tio Papi”. Surrounded by his cast, the very talented Dedio, shared his joy at finally being able to share his film with a wider audience. With one of the most talented and entertaining cast of children, including Fatima Ptacek, the voice of Dora the Explorer, the film will put a smile on your face and bring a tear to your eye. You won’t find a drug dealer or a maid in this film, breaking some stereotypes right there. While the portrayal of some legal and child protective services procedures may strain credulity, the film is very entertaining and laugh out loud funny.
Remember how important opening weekends are, in the world of movie bucks, so make an appointment to come out and support Latino and independent productions.