x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Film review: Cuban Fury

Watch this romcom for the impressive dance moves busted out by Nick Frost, who gives his heart and soul to a role he originated.

Nick Frost in a dance scene with Rashida Jones in Cuban Fury. Courtesy Entertainment One Films
Nick Frost in a dance scene with Rashida Jones in Cuban Fury. Courtesy Entertainment One Films

Cuban Fury

Director: James Griffiths

Starring: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Kayvan Novak, Ian McShane

Two stars

From some of the team behind such landmark comedies as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End comes this mildly disappointing British romcom set in the world of competitive dance. Nick Frost is Bruce, a former salsa champion in his youth, who gave it up after he was bullied one fateful night. Years later, he’s an overweight office drone who decides to dust down his dancing shoes to impress his gorgeous new American boss (Rashida Jones). There are rivalries to overcome (with Chris O’Dowd’s cocky colleague) and hatchets to be buried (with Ian McShane’s grouchy dance tutor) – not to mention some impressive dance moves busted out by Frost, who gives his heart and soul to a role he originated. But with a predictable script, only enlivened by Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak’s scene-stealing camp turn, the laughs are in short supply. Cuban Apathy might’ve been a better title.

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