Cuban Fury (2014)
Critic Consensus: Nick Frost and Chris O'Dowd remain as undeniably likable as ever, but Cuban Fury saddles them with a contrived and predictable plot that's far too short on laughs.
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Critic Reviews for Cuban Fury
As progressive as it might feel for fat guys, losers and salsa stalwarts, it's rotten for women
It's not a bad gimmick, but the movie turns tediously sentimental fast.
Ultimately, the film rides on Frost, who carries it with charm, grace and plenty of heart.
It ends up feeling a little like warmed-over Strictly Ballroom without Baz Lurhmann's over-the-top sense of style.
Nick Frost delivers one of the great physical performances of the modern cinema era. Sexually, though, [Cuban Fury] is inexplicably playing for a decidedly 'adult humour' audience, thus eliminating ( ... ) family audiences.
Audience Reviews for Cuban Fury
All's fair in love and salsa.
Good Movie! The film is not outright funny, but it's charming, driven by Frost's charm. He has an insanely goofy and warm smile that wins everyone over. He is also pretty good at moving to the salsa beat. Some of the shots show his entire body, so I figured he was doing his own stunts/dancing. The music soundtrack is also terrific, full of energy, fury, and plenty of rhythm. It's hard not to sit in the audience and want to start dancing, too. It's an old-fashioned film, with plenty of heart and a good reason to go back and enjoy what the movies can do: give us a great time.
1987: A 13 year old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then: a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path. So it is that 22 years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved - trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity, repression and Nando's take-outs. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she's untouchable. Out of his league, so he imagines, with her perfect smile and perfect life. Unknown to Bruce however, Julia has issues all of her own. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion. Then there's Drew (Chris O'Dowd), his alpha male colleague and horny king-monkey of the office. With Drew making no secret of his desire to get (his words) "all up inside Julia", Bruce is forced into action. And thus, Bruce is once again brought face-to-face with the darkest and most powerful of his inner demons. Somehow, someway, and with a lot of hand-holding from loyal sister Sam (Olivia Colman) Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life...and he's going to do it all On The Dance Floor...
A tremendously funny and wonderfully original feel-good crowd-pleaser. Its filled with huge laughs, gorgeous dance choreography, a wonderful story with great character development and a beautiful cast. A delightfully entertaining movie with a huge heart. The cast look like they are having an awesome time with this project and their characters. Nick Frost is brilliant. Rashida Jones is terriifc. Chris O'Dowd is hilarious. Olivia Coleman is wonderful. Ian McShane is excellent. A wonderfully enjoyable great time with glorious dancing and music. This film is nothing but fun and would watch it again.
Cute but nothing special. A little slow in parts but the charm of the cast tips this to the positive side.
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