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Cuban Fury (2014) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 21 August 2013


Jay´s Review

As I chortled my way through this enjoyably predictable, R-rated comedy (language and alcohol), my mind was awash with all my favorite old dance movies that had just received a cinematic tip of the hat: "Footloose," "Dirty Dancing," "Dance With Me," "Saturday Night Fever," "Fame," "Shall We Dance?" "The Full Monty," and "Strictly Ballroom" for starters. I"m sure you can add a few.

We follow a former teenage championship salsa dancer who had been waylaid by a gang of bullies on his way to the finals. He ended up burning his dance shoes and never looked back. Now, 22 years later, he's an adult who never seems to finish anything, but mentions maybe he might dance again. Our hero has a posse of friends who are understandably skeptical, after all, he has NEVER danced in the twenty years they have known him.

Let's look at the cast:

  • * Nick Frost ("The World's End") is our sadly out-of-shape hero. He still wants to dance, but has a new bully to make his life miserable.
  • * Chris O'Dowd ("The Sapphires") is that bully. I expected to like him but his disgusting mouth and vile pranks certainly changed my mind.
  • * Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") is their new coworker. She IS an American and a bit awkward, but she does love to dance the Salsa!
  • * Olivia Colman ("Hot Fuzz") is the world's BEST sister!
  • * Ian McShane ("Jack the Giant Slayer") is the foul-mouthed dance instructor let down by our hero when he was a no-show years ago.
  • * Kayvan Novak (Lots of TV) is the hilarious classmate who takes our hero in hand, upgrades his wardrobe and makes him shave his chest.

I must commend Jonathan Amos with his tight and seamless editing. He convinced ME that Frost did all that dancing!

BTW, keep a sharp lookout in the parking garage for a don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-him cameo by Nick Frost's chum Simon Pegg!

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