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 »
Obvious dance double for Nick Frost during most of the non-close-ups and acrobatics. See more »
What are you hiding?
What are you hiding?
[removes his hands from the salsa competition flyer on the bulletin board]
Yeah, what... it's just another salsa night. So what?
"So what"? Look at it, squashy chumps! It's a competition!
[tones down his voice]
Sorry... Don't you see, this is your time, Bruce. This is the Goonie time. Do you know about the Goonie time?
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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 »
Written by Edgar Gonzales, Alain Medina, Yrak Saenz
Performed by Doble Filo
Courtesy of Brownswood Recordings Ltd. See more »
Predictable, yet strangely endearing
Like most people, I'm used to seeing Nick Frost as part of a 'double act' with friend and fellow actor Simon Pegg (or technically 'triple act' with their director Edgar Wright). However, in 'Cuban Fury' we see what he's capable of when headlining the bill.
In case you haven't seen any of the posters for this film, it's about dancing. Frost plays his typically mellow, overweight self who used to dance as a child, until he was bullied into giving it up by other boys. Now, as a man, he has to regain his dancing feet in order to win over the (naturally beautiful and coincidentally American) woman he loves.
I could tell you how it goes, but, if you can't guess, then you haven't watched enough films. Its major flaw is that it's painfully predictable. You can sort of see every situation coming and feel like you could have even written it yourself if you put your mind to it. However, despite this being a 'tried and tested' formula, it's still enjoyable to watch.
Nick Frost may not be fighting zombies or aliens, but he's still naturally charming and managed to be watchable as he bumbles his way through the film. After watching it I didn't feel like I'd wasted an hour and a half of my life (although I'm not likely to bother watching it again on account of me already having seen a hundred films just like it). It's basically nothing new, but if you're in the mood for something light, frothy and easy-going, there are worst ways of spending your time.
Also, special mention to Olivia Coleman who, in my opinion, stole every scene she was in. Pity she wasn't in it more.
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