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Cuban Fury -- Over twenty years have passed since Bruce Garrett last salsa danced competitively, but in order to hopefully win the affection of his new boss, he once again unshackles his dancing beast.
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Cuban Fury -- A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined.
Cuban Fury --  A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined by a rival dancer.

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All's fair in love and salsa.
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Beneath Bruce Garrett's under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now, one woman is about to reignite his Latin fire. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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There's no dancing around it: this flawed but hugely enjoyable film comes with bucketloads of charm and humour. See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Ben Radcliffe ... Young Bruce

Ian McShane ... Ron Parfitt
Isabella Steinbarth ... Young Sam

Brandon Robinson ... Bully #1
Louis Kyriacou ... Bully #2

Kieran Gaffney ... Bully #3

Nick Frost ... Bruce

Steve Oram ... Security Guard Kevin

Chris O'Dowd ... Drew

Alexandra Roach ... Helen

Rashida Jones ... Julia

Olivia Colman ... Sam

Janine Wood ... Female Client

Rory Kinnear ... Gary

Tim Plester ... Mickey

Kayvan Novak ... Bejan
Susana Montero ... Gloria
Yanet Fuentes ... Alicia
Michael Keat ... Santo Vito MC (as Miguel Mantovani)
Archibald Easton ... Santo Vito MC (as Archerio)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kengo Oshima ... Santo Vito MC (as Kengo-San)

Christopher Painter ... Club Dancer
Stephanie Aslan ... Competition Quarter-Finalist - Dancer (uncredited)
Eddie Bagayawa ... IT Engineer (uncredited)
Richard Banks ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Claire Brummell ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Liz Cackowski ... Paula (uncredited)
Pamela Betsy Cooper ... House Party Guest (uncredited)
Leon Corbin ... Spectator (uncredited)

Philip Craik ... Party-Goer (uncredited)
Carol Cummings ... PA (uncredited)

Simon DeSilva ... Client (uncredited)
Elia Diaz ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Kevin Eldon ... Neighbour (uncredited)
Pierre Henry ... Santo Vito Barman (uncredited)
Richard Herdman ... House Party Guest (uncredited)
Graham Hughes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joanna Jeffrees ... Girl at Bowling Alley (uncredited)
Larissa Jones ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Zulfu Kaplan ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Phelim Kelly ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Ethan J. Knight ... Andrew (uncredited)

Jorge Leon Martinez ... Barman (uncredited)

Rae Lim ... Dancer (uncredited)
Shaun Lucas ... Nick Frost B.Double (uncredited)
Stuart Matthews ... House Party Guest (uncredited)
Martyn Mayger ... Car Driver (uncredited)

Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Carly (uncredited)
Vander McLeod ... Dancer (uncredited)
Nikola Medic ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bharat Mistri ... Executive Officer (uncredited)
Sean Moon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sarah Niles ... Salsa Pupil (uncredited)

Simon Pegg ... Driver in Car Park (uncredited)
James Reilly ... Harvey (uncredited)
Julio Romeo ... Clubber (uncredited)
Steve Saunders ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Neil Alexander Smith ... Office Sales (uncredited)

Philippe Spall ... Mr. Jarvis (uncredited)

Directed by
James Griffiths 
 
Writing credits
Jon Brown (written by)

Nick Frost (original idea)

Produced by
James Biddle .... producer
Jenny Borgars .... executive producer
Dan Cheesbrough .... associate producer
Nicky Earnshaw .... line producer
Nick Frost .... executive producer
Matthew Justice .... executive producer
Nira Park .... producer
Danny Perkins .... executive producer
Rachael Prior .... executive producer
Celia Richards .... associate producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Daniel Pemberton 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Amos 
 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Theo Park 
 
Production Design by
Dick Lunn 
 
Art Direction by
Andrea Matheson 
 
Set Decoration by
Anna Kasabova 
 
Costume Design by
Rosa Dias 
 
Makeup Department
Candice Banks .... makeup artist: additional photography
Farah Beegun .... standby optician
Nicola Buck .... key hair and makeup artist
Michael Byrne .... prosthetic makeup technician
Steven Byrne .... special makeup effects artist
Alexis Dolman .... makeup trainee
Dan Frye .... prothetics mouldmaker
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Marianna Kyriacou .... hair & makeup artist
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetics supervisor
Nuria Mbomio .... personal makeup artist to Ms. Jones
Nina Pratley .... crowd hair stylist: dailies
Nina Pratley .... crowd makeup artist: dailies
Alex Rouse .... wig supplier
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens coordinator
Jane Walker .... hair and make-up designer
Robb Crafer .... makeup and hair artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Rebecca Adams .... Post Production Coordinator
Danny Gulliver .... production manager: additional photography
Phoebe Masters .... production manager
Jason Nightingale .... unit manager: additional photography
Michael Solinger .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bradley James Allan .... second unit director
Martin Curry .... first assistant director: additional photography
Gayle Dickie .... third assistant director
Tussy Facchin .... third assistant director: additional photography
Ben Harrison .... second assistant director: additional photography
Mark Hopkins .... second assistant director
Gary Huddless .... additional crowd third assistant director
Josey McNamara .... crowd third assistant director
Amy Stares .... floor runner
Vaughn Stein .... crowd second assistant director
Charlie Watson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Ainslie .... dressing props
Daniel Ainslie .... prop master: additional photography
Neil Alexander .... dressing props
Bruce Barnes .... studio supervisor
Lauren Briggs-Miller .... art department assistant
Abigail Cawthray .... art department runner
Sam Chapman .... dressing props: additional photography
Satinder Chumber .... specialist prop maker
Dan Crandon .... construction manager
Douglas Glen .... standby props
Jamie Goodfellow .... plasterer
Lucy Haley .... production buyer: additional photography
Brian Hampton .... prop hand
Samantha Harley .... standby props (as Sam Harley)
Clint Helver .... carpenter
Clare Holland .... scenic painter
Heather Kirk .... art department assistant
Dean Lancaster .... painter
Richard Lancaster .... painter
Tim Lanning .... head greensman
Alejandro Mackay .... standby props: additional photography
Daithi Magner .... props
Adrian Marler .... storyboard artist
Dan Marsden .... construction supervisor
Lara Murray .... hod scenic painter
Julian Nix .... graphic designer
Sarah Pasquali .... graphic designer
David Pearce .... scenic painter
Nick Pelham .... storyboard artist: additional photography
Daisy Popham .... production buyer
Paul Rigby .... carpenter
Chris Rosser .... graphic designer: dailies
Richard Rowntree .... greensman: Palmbrokers
Mark Runchman .... dressing props: dailies
Daniel Swingler .... draughtsman
Joe Vassallo .... scenic painter
Stuart Verity .... carpenter
Andie Vining .... prop master
Matilda Wainwright .... standby art director
Tom Walker .... standby carpenter
Mark Wallis .... carpenter
James O'Shea .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer
Alex Bryce .... second boom operator
Alex Bryce .... sound assistant
John Casali .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Arthur Graley .... sound editor
Jim Greenhorn .... production sound mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Rob Humpage .... adr recordist
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Tamas Kurina .... adr recordist
Cecilia Lanzi .... boom operator
Gerard Loret .... sound conform editor
Alan MacFeely .... sound maintenance: additional photography
Baron Matthieu .... sound trainee (as Matthieu Baron)
David McMillan .... boom operator (as David Mcmillan)
David McMillan .... sound mixer: second unit (as David Mcmillan)
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor
Dan Morgan .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Chris Murphy .... boom operator: additional photography
Mark Paterson .... re-recording mixer
Emma Pegram .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Gwilym Perry .... assistant adr mixer
Julian Slater .... re-recording mixer
Julian Slater .... supervising sound editor
Mike Tehrani .... adr recordist
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer & editor
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Graham Aikman .... special effects senior technician
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor
Luke Corbyn .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Joel Aguilar .... paint artist: double negative
Arild Anfinnsen .... visual effects artist
Heath Baker .... compositor: Double Negative
Adam Barnett .... tech support
James Braid .... technology: Double Negative
Aaron Carey .... research and development
Brendan Carroll .... research and development: Double Negative
Elohim Cervantes Tampus .... paint artist
Elohim Cervantes Tampus .... prep artist - double negative singapore
Jerly Chang .... matchmove artist: : Double Negative
Julian Chong .... compositor: double Negative
Genevieve Claire .... visual effects coordinator
Ryan Cook .... visual effects supervisor
Claudia Dehmel .... visual effects producer
Pawl Fulker .... digital compositor
Michelle Goh .... compositor: Double Negative
Olivia Goh .... visual effects coordinator
Varun Hadkar .... visual effects: Double Negative
Shramana Haldar .... roto artist
Will Hardwick .... digital compositor
Benjamin Huber .... cg supervisor: double negative
Dhuha Isa .... assistant visual effects editor: Double Negative
Tom Kemplen .... visual effects editor
Francis Leong .... matchmove artist: Double Negative
Sky Lim .... compositor: Double Negative
Leah Low .... texture/lookdev artist and lighting td
Indah Maretha .... digital artist
Nathan McGuinness .... visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
Daniel Pastore .... lighting technical director
Philip Pendlebury .... studio: double negative
Orlando Porter .... visual effects line producer: double negative
Xinyi Puah .... visual effects editor: Double Negative
Simon Pynn .... matchmove supervisor: double negative
Simeon Rowsell .... on-set visual effects assistant
Asa Shoul .... digital colourist
Anton Smit .... data wrangler: Double Negative
Stephanie Jean Staunton .... digital compositor
Jelena Stojanovic .... 2d supervisor
Sonny Sy .... lighting technical director
Darcie Tang .... visual effects producer (Double Negative Singapore - as Darcie Muangman)
Chris Tay .... prep artist: Double Negative
Marc Varisco .... visual effects supervisor
Sukumaran Lalithambika Vijin .... compositor: Double Negative Visual Effects
Mattias Wernér .... visual effects artist
Huw Whiddon .... technical support
Sauyan Wong .... data i/o manger
Anthony Wonsoff .... digital compositor
Cheng Yang .... machmove artist: double negative
Ben Ying .... compositor
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor: Double Negative
Ian Abbott .... technology: Double Negative (uncredited)
Daniel Baker .... technology: Double Negative (uncredited)
Vanessa Velasquez .... technology: Double Negative (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bradley James Allan .... stunt coordinator
Paulina Boneva .... stunt performer
Tony Christian .... stunt performer
Neil Finnighan .... stunt coordinator
James Harris .... stunt double
Adam Kirley .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Ben Mahoney .... stunt wire rigger
Sam Parham .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Akbar .... vt operator
Mark Alvarez .... genny op: additional photography
Lucy Bristow .... camera operator
Lawrence Carter .... standby rigger
Steven Casali .... video assistant: additional photography
John Clarke .... floor electrician
John Colley .... gaffer
Eliot Coulter .... lighting technician
Anthony Cupples .... floor electrician: additional photography
Harry Dibden .... video assist trainee
Laurence Edwards .... crane technician
John Evans .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Paul Flint .... digital imaging technician assistant
Nick Gillespie .... b camera focus puller: additional photography
Damon Graham .... rigger
Darren Harvey .... rigging gaffer
Scott Heapy .... floor electrician
Brian Howards .... camera truck driver
Ryan King .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lydia Lewis .... camera trainee: additional photography
Lydia Lewis .... second assistant camera
Ben Lowe .... trainee grip
Vince Madden .... best boy
Vince Madden .... rigging gaffer: additional photography
Brad Maloney .... libra technician
Peter Marsden .... digital imaging technician
Bruno Martins .... floor electrician
James Matai .... second assistant camera: vfx unit
Cassius McCabe .... b camera grip: additional photography
Guy McCormack .... video playback operator
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Vince McGahon .... camera operator: "a" camera
Danny McGee .... practical electrician
James McGee .... practical electrician
Joe McGee .... hod practical electrician
Julian Morson .... a-camera / steadicam operator
Andy Mountain .... console operator
Matt Nettheim .... stills photographer
Matthew Oaten .... digital imaging technician
Alex Parish .... b camera clapper loader: additional photography
Darren Quinn .... a camera grip: additional photography
Laurie Rose .... director of photography: additional photography
Gordon Segrove .... focus puller: "b" camera
Dan Smith .... electrician
Colin Strachan .... key grip
Iain Struthers .... camera operator: b camera
Mark Sullivan .... electrician (dailies)
Chris Tann .... floor electrician: additional photography
Nick C. Teulon .... grip trainee
Simon Thorpe .... b camera grip
Danny Webster .... head of department rigger
Fran Weston .... first assistant camera: dailies
Daniel Wombwell .... camera trainee
Jonathan Wright .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, re-shoots
Noah Furrer .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lauren Evans .... casting assistant
Hattie Mark .... additional extras casting
Kate McLaughlin .... extras casting
Lucy Pardee .... crowd casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Becky Garrity .... costume assistant
Lynsey Harris .... costume assistant: dailies
Alicia Hood .... key costumer
Yasemin Kascioglu .... additional costume assistant
Jessica Lawless .... junior wardrobe assistant
Janine Marr .... costume supervisor: additional photography
Kevin Pratten .... wardrobe supervisor
Jaclyn Tamizato .... costume assistant
Victoria Taylor .... key costumer
Hannah Warren .... assistant costume designer
Jemelia Whitaker .... trainee costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate conform editor
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate conform editors
Theresa Crooks .... digital intermediate conform editor
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate conform editor
Mark Everson .... additional editor
Matt James .... digital intermediate manager
Francois Kamffer .... digital intermediate coordinator (as François Kamffer)
Tom Kemplen .... first assistant editor
Justin Lanchbury .... digital intermediate film consultant
Toby Lloyd .... second assistant editor
Lizzie Newsham .... data transfer
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Gareth Parry .... on-line editor
Dan Roberts .... assembly editor
Katie Shahrokh .... senior digital intermediate producer
Tom Sugden .... digital intermediate conform editor
 
Location Management
Benjamin Bailey .... unit location manager: additional photography
Megan Cooke .... location runner
Damon Crane .... assistant location manager
Danny Gulliver .... location manager: additional photography (as Daniel Gulliver)
Charlie Hopkins .... location services
William Hunter Howell .... locations
Tobin Hughes .... assistant location manager
Philip Lobban .... location scout
Ian Lumsden .... location assistant
Lottie Mason .... location assistant
Umberto Schramm .... location marshall: dailies
Eugene Strange .... location manager
 
Music Department
Nick Angel .... music supervisor
Jamie Ashton .... assistant engineer
Christopher Benstead .... music editor
Andrew Dudman .... music recording engineer
Andrew Dudman .... music scoring mixer
Kirsten Lane .... music consultant
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Andrew Skeet .... conductor and orchestrator
Craig Wild .... trumpet
 
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (reshoots)
Glenn Charter .... unit driver
Dean Clack .... facility driver
Louise Cornwell .... unit driver
Fergus Cotter .... unit driver
Lloyd Eaton .... on set facilities
Greg Howard .... facilities captain
Jeff Hudson .... unit driver
Louis Hudson .... driver
Hasan Huseyin .... minibus driver
Danny Mitchell .... swing co-ordinator
Adam Vines .... facility driver
Barrie Williams .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Christina Angeloudes .... legal and business affairs: executive
Giles Barron .... set pa: additional photography
Dave Bell .... unit manager
Nic Benns .... title sequence producer & director
Lottie Birmingham .... cast assistant
Litza Bixler .... choreography producer
Litza Bixler .... dance fight choreographer
Clyde Blane .... chef: additional photography
Lauren Broderick .... production secretary: additional photography
Martin Bundsen .... personal trainer to nick frost
Mike Chapman .... runner
Dan Cheesbrough .... business affairs
Jessica Corlett .... floor runner
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor
Marie Dong .... post production accountant
Hannah Dunnell .... production and music supervisor
Catherine Francis .... production assistant
Catherine Francis .... production assistant/runner: additional photography
Alex Gardner .... unit medic: additional photography
Laura Goulding .... script supervisor
Vicky Grayson .... unit publicist
Ruth Halliday .... clearances
Matt Harris .... assistant choreographer
Matt Harris .... dance double
Coretta Hart .... sports therapist
Nicholas Hatton .... production and post production coordinator: Big Talk Pictures
Sarah Hunt .... post production accountant
Elizabeth Hurley .... first assistant accountant
Mick Hurrell .... health and safety advisor
Sara Janasz .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Miki Kato .... title design
Georgina Kelly .... assistant accountant
James R. Kipping .... floor runner
Katy Lake .... assistant to Nira Park
Kate Lee .... unit publicist
Tom Leggett .... development editor: Film4
Christina Lesbirel .... dvd executive
Dan MacRae .... head of development: UK, StudioCanal
Richard Manlove .... stand-in
Richard Marcel .... choreographer
Sharon Martin .... financial director
Ravi Mehta .... technical support
Susana Montero .... assistant choreographer
Ali Moshref .... production executive: completion guarantor
Stephen Murphy .... head of legal and business affairs: UK, Studio Canal
Richard Neale .... on-set computer technician: Compuhire
Jason Nightingale .... unit manager: additional photography
Malcolm Pearce .... health & safety officer
Rachel Plose .... production accountant
Thomas Pook .... base runner
Andrew Popplestone .... main and end titles design director
Amelia Price .... production coordinator
Victoria Rickham .... second assistant accountant
Alice Rowlinson .... additional crowd production assistant
Christine Samways .... second assistant accountant
Rob Silva .... business affairs
Natalie Sloan .... script supervisor: additional photography unit
Ana Stichini .... production accountant: additional photography
Joel Stokes .... assistant production coordinator
Phil Stoole .... behind-the-scenes documentarian
Christine Strobel .... script translator: german
Antony Swiatek .... production legal services: Lee &Thompson
Mark Tehnsuko .... floor runner
Lee Thomas .... multimedia consultant
Guy Thompson .... development coordinator
Beth Timbrell .... production coordinator: additional photography
Paul Trewartha .... behind the scenes documentarian
Charlie Vaughan .... production runner (as Charlotte Vaughan)
Stephanie Vaughan .... production assistant
Lucy Ward .... assistant script supervisor: dailies
Derek Warman .... fire officer
Morag Webster .... unit nurse
Jody Wiltshire .... production assistant: big talk pictures
Jamie Wolpert .... Development Executive: BFI
 
Thanks
Kenton Allen .... special thanks
Karen Beever .... special thanks
Pandora Colin .... special thanks
Hannah Dunnell .... special thanks
Matt Gauci .... special thanks
Laura Goodwin .... thanks
Leana Kean .... special thanks
Jeremy Lovering .... special thanks
Simon Pegg .... special thanks
Robert Popper .... special thanks
William Poyer .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Comeback!" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexual references
Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene were Bruce (Nick Frost) and Drew (Chris O'Dowd) are dancing in the parking lot, a car beeps to pass by, and in the car is Simon Pegg.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The end-credits magazine clipping "Sales Employee Of The Month" says that Helen Morgan has been selected since she met all the criteria "with flying colors". Since the film is set in England, that should be "colours".See more »
Quotes:
Bejan:This is The Goonie Time. Do you know about The Goonie Time?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Scarface (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
La BandaSee more »

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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
There's no dancing around it: this flawed but hugely enjoyable film comes with bucketloads of charm and humour., 10 April 2014
Author: shawneofthedead from http://shawneofthedead.wordpress.com/

Nick Frost usually comes as one-half of a package deal. With Simon Pegg (and their behind-the-scenes collaborator Edgar Wright), Frost has starred in three of the most gloriously subversive, smart and silly British comedies of the past ten years: Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Can he hold the screen and get the laughs when he's headlining a film, with neither Pegg nor Wright in sight? The answer is, thankfully, yes. Cuban Fury is a great vehicle for Frost - he grounds the fun, loopy, cheerful dance comedy in something a little more real and affecting, even if the film doesn't quite hit the brilliant heights of the aforementioned Cornetto Trilogy.

After being bullied mercilessly by a pack of boys as a child, Bruce (Frost) swears off the one thing he's really good at: salsa dancing. Fast forward a few decades, and he's a bored, boring office drone forced to suffer the company of Drew (Chris O'Dowd), his lewdest, rudest, meanest colleague. When he meets his new, gorgeous boss Julia (Rashida Jones), however, Bruce feels compelled to step out of his comfort zone - especially when he realises that she loves salsa dancing too. Even as Drew tries to worm his way into Julia's affections, Bruce resolves to put on his dancing shoes again.

The plot of the film is something of a hit-and-miss affair - it can occasionally feel like it's been forcibly stitched together from a bunch of really great stand-alone scenes and ideas. Some of the narrative decisions don't make a whole lot of sense either. Why, for instance, is Julia anointed the boss rather than a new colleague? It seems to complicate matters unnecessarily throughout the entire film, given the ethical issues at stake in an employer-employee relationship.

But there's no real need to over-think things when Cuban Fury is just so goshdarn chirpy, funny and entertaining. The film practically radiates its own brand of amiable humour, often zipping from goofy wordplay to awkward slapstick within the space of a single scene. Amidst the roof-top dance-offs and mix-tape mix-ups, there's even a little room for huge helpings of heart. Bruce becomes a better person for doing what he loves, and it's a joy to see him find the confidence he'd lost all those years ago.

Whenever the script misses a beat, its oddball characters come to the rescue. Frost's Bruce is a standard-issue unlikely hero, and Jones is almost criminally wasted as the painfully underwritten Julia. But the weirdos dancing around them are a delight. Hilariously committed to the part of Drew, O'Dowd is clearly having fun being as rude, nasty and offensive as he possibly can. Ian McShane is marvellous as Bruce's dour old dance teacher, Ron, and Kayvan Novak steals scenes aplenty as Bruce's gleefully flamboyant new friend Bejan. Even so, it's Olivia Colman who walks away with top honours: she's spectacularly funny and appealing as Bruce's open-hearted, game-for-anything sister Sam.

Cuban Fury isn't a game-changer by any stretch of the imagination. Unlike the Cornetto Trilogy, it doesn't have something smarter and more subversive to say about its chosen genre of film. This is a sports-laced romantic comedy with no greater ambition than making its audience laugh. Not every element of it works perfectly, and the script can be lead-footed in parts. But, when it comes down to it, the film is so sweet and silly that it sometimes approaches the sublime.

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