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Cuban Fury (2014)

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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.

Director:

James Griffiths

Writers:

Jon Brown, Nick Frost (original idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Radcliffe ... Young Bruce
Ian McShane ... Ron Parfitt
Isabella Steinbarth ... Young Sam
Brandon Robinson ... Bully #1
Louis Kyriacou 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
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Storyline

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 StudioCanal

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Taglines:

All's fair in love and salsa.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Persian | Spanish

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salsa Fury See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,618,222 (United Kingdom), 14 February 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,105, 13 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$90,310, 20 April 2014
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Big Talk Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the dance-off, Drew does a move where he tries to grab Bruce's face, and Bruce counters him. This part is a piece of choreography from The World's End (2013), where Andy, another character played by Nick Frost, counters the same move during a bathroom fight scene. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bejan: This is The Goonie Time. Do you know about The Goonie Time?
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Crazy Credits

Several characters appear in newspaper clippings in the end credits, including Chris O'Dowds character in his new job. See more »

Connections

Featured in Film 2017: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Que Cosa Tiene La Vida
Music & Lyrics by Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso
Performed by Los Van Van
Published by Termidor Musikverlag
Courtesy of Timba Records GmbH&Co.KG
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likable leads
22 October 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bruce and his sister Sam danced salsa competitively as kids under the directions of Ron Parfitt (Ian McShane). They were a winning team until Bruce fails to attend the Nationals after being bullied in his costume. He vows never to dance again. Twenty five years later, Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) is a chubby engineer. His 'friend' Drew (Chris O'Dowd) is a sleazy co-worker. Helen (Alexandra Roach) is a bitter co-worker. They get a new boss in Julia (Rashida Jones) and Bruce immediately falls for her. He discovers that she dances salsa and he tries to put on his dancing shoes once again.

Nick Frost is likable. Chris O'Dowd is a silly fun weasel, and Rashida Jones is absolutely adorable. The movie works whenever these three interact with each other. The awkward romance between Frost and Jones is endearing. The dancing doesn't make sense. I don't understand why Bruce doesn't simply join in the dance class as a beginner. The premise doesn't work and the story suffers. The comedy works but the dancing story doesn't.


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