Cuban Fury – 3 out of 5
When I heard that Cuban Fury was all about salsa, I was like, “Well, I’m not entirely sure why they would make an entire movie about salsa but it’s got the guy from Shaun of the Dead and the guy from The IT Crowd in it, so let’s do this!” Don’t get me wrong, I love salsa. I usually get a refill of it (or two) when I hit some authentic Mexican restaurants and it is really good it you add a little cheese to it. Now, at this point, I am going to end this lame joke about mistaking the dancing (which this film is ACTUALLY about) for the dip and I’m going to go right into the synopsis…
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As a child, Bruce (Nick Frost) had a love for salsa dancing and was on his way to become a big deal in it. However, one night he ran afoul of some bullies and he vowed to never put on his sequined shirt or dancing shoes again. Now, as an adult, he finds himself working his days away while being mocked by his coworker Drew (Chris O’Dowd) but things start to look up as a new boss crosses the pond (Rashida Jones) and he learns she loves salsa. Now, Bruce is suddenly filled with the piss and vinegar mixture that created his love of salsa as a child and decides to once again dance. So, with the support of his sister and his friends, he seeks out his old mentor (Ian McShane) and sets forth to once again dance and even hit the competition circuit.
|My girlfriend said I remind her of Nick Frost...am I suppose to be honored?|
Or slightly offended because she just said I need to lose weight?
|The out-of-focus man in the front was the true|
star of the film.
|I had the same look the one time I decided to shave my chest...|
the one time.
|If you have "Ian McShane Plays a Salsa Coach" on your|
movie Bingo card, you just won every game of
movie Bingo to ever exist.
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Then, as much as I love Nick Frost, I had a hard time seeing him as the romcom type. His character pursuing Rashida Jones’ character didn’t feel natural and it looked like even Frost didn’t have faith in his abilities to pull it off. Most of his interactions with Jones looked awkward and not in the “this character is awkward around women” awkward but like “this actor is awkward with the awkward character” awkward. He didn’t seem to have any troubles interacting with the rest of the cast but, even after his character is supposed to be comfortable around the woman he digs, he still looks like Frost, the actor, doesn’t feel completely at home acting around her.
|The passionate love story between Ian McShane and Nick Frost, however, is|
However, overall, the complaints I had in the cast were minor and weren’t total entertainment-killers. Ultimately, however, pretty much the entire movie is just average. Cuban Fury isn’t terrible because it does have some moments that are amusing and there is some charm to it but the film does feel like it stretches its premise beyond its elasticity point and a lot of the cast doesn’t look like they really fit their parts. Now, if you’ll excuse me, just the quick tease of salsa con queso at the beginning of this review has me hankering and I need to run to the store for chips and dip.
|The passionate love story between--shit, I did that joke on the last picture.|