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.
I don't know about you, but anything done with an English accent usually seems all the more tolerable for it.
Audience Reviews for Cuban Fury
Much like Simon Pegg in A Fantastic Fear of Everything, I think I like Nick Frost much more than I would've anticipated because I liked this movie probably more so than I probably had any right to. Of course, it's not perfect or anything like that, but I think it gets the job done in offering some perfectly solid escapist entertainment. You don't need a lot of brainpower to process what this film has to offer. I found the film to be pretty funny, but it's never really hilarious. That's in spite of the fact of having incredibly talented actors such as Rashida Jones, Chris O'Dowd, Ian McShane, Olivia Colman and the aforementioned Nick Frost. And the story is a little contrived that doesn't exactly give much help to its talented cast. But, despite all of that, I found myself having a really good time watching this movie. While there are hints of the dry British humor I've grown to love over the years, this is a more Americanized British comedy. It's got a little more slapstick, more sitcom-y style plot. Not sure how much better it would've been if it employed British humor from beginning to end, but I certainly can't dwell on that since that's not what the film is. I think the film certainly mixes two worlds that you'd never thought you'd see together: salsa music and British comedy. If you're from Puerto Rico, where I'm from, then you're at the very least, even if you don't like the music, which I don't, aware of the history and the importance of salsa in the Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba. That's not to say there aren't other Hispanic countries with a deep salsa heritage, it's saying that the genre originated in these islands and therefore is more prevalent here. The point is that, at first, it was really strange seeing the mix of these two vastly different worlds. But I think it works for the most part. It feels, at times, a little bit gimmicky, but the cast helps put that perception in the background. There's also this really funny, blink and you missed it, cameo by Simon Pegg. It comes and goes in about a second, and like I said, if you don't pay attention you WILL miss it and it's actually one of the best moments of the film. It feels like it's winking too much at the audience, but I thought it was a funny because they don't really call that much attention to it. So it finds that balance between being effective and just being pandering. The film rests entirely on Nick Frost's shoulders and he does a good job because he's got this inherent likability about him. He's a lovable loser and I think he does quite a good job here. The film does, unfortunately, become a little more sentimental during the climax. This was to be expected as the film didn't really try to avoid the cliches. Hell, I think it welcomes them with open arms. I also think that Rashida Jones, while charming and funny, could've been used so much better than she was here. She's basically just a foil to get Drew and Bruce to fight each other. That was her sole purpose in the film, her character isn't really that well developed or that interesting. So if I could point to the film that I genuinely didn't like, it would have to be Rashida Jones' talents being mishandled. That's about it really, I recognize the weaknesses in the script, but it's clear that the film was a lot of fun to shoot. And I think that has a lot to do with my enjoyment of it really. It's just a fun movie to watch in spite of its obvious flaws. Perhaps on any other day other than yesterday, I would've hated this movie. Turns out I was in a good mood last night, so I ended up enjoying this. Fun stuff here, a solid rental at best.
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.
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