Cuban Fury teaches us one thing; white people dancing are funny. While the movie is hardly going to set the world on fire, Cuban Fury does have some redeeming values.
We meet Bruce (Nick Frost), a former salsa dancer from the heyday in the 90s when white people still did it. His tragic back-story includes being a chubby down on his luck everyman who was once forced to eat his own sequins by a group of bullies. Twenty-five years after the sequin incident, he meets his new boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), who just happens to be crazy about the salsa. Complicating matters is his arch nemesis (Chris O’Dowd) playing Bruce’s snide co-worker who vies for Julia’s attentions.
Frost is the perfect lovable loser and he charms in this film, because itâ€™s not your standard â€˜fat guy falling downâ€™ gag. Instead, heâ€™s oddly graceful and oddly pitiable, commanding both ridicule and respect. Weirdly, the movie actually treats chubby guys pretty well, which is strange for a comedy.
It doesnâ€™t treat woman quiet as well. Rashida Jones charms as Julia, but you donâ€™t really understand her motivations. First, sheâ€™s the boss of these guys and theyâ€™re fighting over her, despite the fact that sheâ€™s never even seemed remotely interested. Then, all the sudden, sheâ€™d picking one? Are they the only two guys left on the planet?
I mean, the premise is sweet, but Iâ€™ve never had a man dance his way into my heart.
The movie does have a few good laughs in it, and it doesnâ€™t rely on the lead getting beat up all the time to do it. Thereâ€™s interesting pacing to the movie, in that one moment the main character is commanding respect, and the next heâ€™s making a fool of himself.
This is not a never been done before premise. Itâ€™s another movie featuring an out of shape loser, who meets a pretty girl, cleans up his act, and defeats an inexplicably mean bad guy. The character gets in shape with the help of a montage, the underdog wins and the guy gets the girl. Itâ€™s been done worse, and itâ€™s been done better. Cuban Fury is no stand out, but itâ€™s not the worst movie Iâ€™ve ever seen.
The majority of the movie focuses on the love interests, as opposed to the salsa dancing, despite the fact that the two donâ€™t have any real chemistry. When the inevitable love match comes, the audience is left thinking â€œI give it a weekâ€™ rather than â€œhooray!â€.
This is a less classy version of Strictly Ballroom and a much less funny version of the Wedding Singer. There wasnâ€™t enough chemistry between the two leads to turn it into a viable rom-com, but there wasnâ€™t enough humor to turn it into straight up comedy. It fell strictly in the middle.
While Cuban Fury will hardly get you dancing, it will help you remember those embarrassing days at Salsa class in the 90s. It might be worth the watch if you catch it on video, but I wouldnâ€™t make the trip to the theater for it.Â Watch the Cuban Fury Official Trailer below: