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",...Written by
Mix Tape for Julia - Tunes of the '80s and of Cuba Side 1 'Vamanos Pa'l Monte' by Eddie Palmieri 'Apparently Nothing' by Young Disciples 'Que Bueno Esta' by Ibrahim Ferrer 'I Want You' by Marvin Gaye 'The Killing Moon' by Echo & The Bunnymen 'Ran Kan Kan' by Tito Puente 'Christine' by Siouxsie And The Banshees 'Spanish Stroll' by Mink DeVille Side 2 'King Without A Crown' by ABC 'Chan Chan' by Buena Vista Social Club 'Mary' by Joe Arroyo 'The Cutter' by Echo & The Bunnymen 'El Negro Bembon' by Ismael Rivera 'Rip it Up' by Orange Juice 'It's My Life' by Talk Talk 'Take It Easy My Brother Charles' by Jorge Ben 'La Raza' by Kid Frost See more »
Nick Frosts character shaves his whole chest in one scene, but chest hair is seen to be poking out of his shirt several times through the rest of the film. See more »
Hey. I just wanted to say sorry for being rude to you.
Yes you were. You were very rude to me. You were kind of a pig to me actually. A rude pig.
I'm kidding with you god! My name is Bejan nice to meet you!
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Several characters appear in newspaper clippings in the end credits, including Chris O'Dowds character in his new job. See more »
Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba) - Dale Ma'
Written by Julia McGirt, David Ylvisaker
Produced and arranged by Claudio Passavanti
Published by JC-DC Music administered by BBE Music
Performed by Sunlightsquare
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When I saw the trail or for this film I had mixed feelings, most things nick frost and chris o'dowd do are pretty funny but the plot to me seemed a bit ridiculous. In my honest opinion it's some of the worst work either have done but isn't a bad film.
There were many 15 year olds in the cinema who laughed throughout and will no doubt be repeating the bad language and toilet humour at school on Monday but I didn't see any adult do much more than chuckle. The cameo of Simon Peggy got the biggest laugh and he was in the film barely a minute...that says a lot. Olivia Coleman was by far the funniest character and played her role perfectly.
O'dowd is an arrogant, self absorbed character who seemed to change accents in every scene, I didn't know if he was Irish American English or slightly Latino. He delivered an average performance with much of his humour really being only enjoyed by the youth in the cinema. He wasn't bad but it wasn't anywhere near the best work he is capable of.
Nick frost on the other hand was an endearing character that was acted out very naturally. He was funny and you genuinely want the best for him, some of the dancing scenes came across poor due to his size and how the camera was switching to the professionals in the big moves. I have this thing with actors of a chubbier variety where I feel a lot of the anticipated humour comes from him being big, I neither find it funny or clever to grasp at jokes based on appearance. Frost delivered a good solid performance.
The object of their desires was their boss who was perfect throughout and didn't have much of note to do in the way of acting. I think thousands of actresses could have played that role.
It isn't a bad film, but it was a film that probably didn't need to be made, it's a definite DVD rental but not a cinema masterpiece. It's watchable and mildly entertaining. Plot wise it's completely predictable and plays out like a scenario we've seen over and over again, who gets the girl the underdog or the villain , seen that a million times, the only difference is it had salsa in it, a dance no body under 50 really cares about.
It won't be a cult classic like Shaun of the dead, it won't win awards or do the actors much in the way of acknowledgement. It is an average film tailored to a younger sense of humour. It pulls you in with a great British cast, but never let's any of them bar Coleman shine.
I would say if your 16 go watch this, any older then wait for the DVD, it won't disappoint but with the cost of cinema trips it doesn't warrant the hefty prices of food and admission.
It's not ever going to be a classic every time you see these names but I'd say this was wasted potential. The dancing is OK but just not as impressive as things you see in step up or street dance! It's a silly plot, with a silly backstory, it goes together and flows throughout, it just never excels or stands out.
It screams average but never awful which is it's saving grace, it does get better at the end, it rides along in the average lane occasionally popping into the good lane but being aware never to go to the bad side.
I would give it 5.5/10
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