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Film review: Cuban Fury

Film review: Cuban Fury

| On 20, Mar 2014

There’s shimmying, there’s sequins, there’s salsa, and a whole lot of laughs.

The new British comedy, Cuban Fury, sees Nick Frost (Simon Pegg’s trusty sidekick) strut his stuff – the whole lot of it! – over our cinema screens.

Big Talk; production company responsible for the hilarious Pegg Frost pairings, doesn’t disappoint with a strong cast and constant flow of comedy.

Cuban Fury is a dance film unlike any other – mostly because we never thought Nick Frost would lace up a pair of Italian dancing shoes.

Bruce Garrett (Frost) lives his life in a spiral of self-pity, regret and takeout. The opening scene of Bruce eating a four pack of mini yoghurts in one swift movement basically says it all.

Once a young boy set to catapult into salsa dance stardom, a sequins-eating bullying incident forced an early retirement from the professional world of dance.

Nick Frost (left) and Chris O'Dowd (right) dance till the death (Source www.ign.com)

Nick Frost (left) and Chris O’Dowd (right) dance till the death (Source www.ign.com)

22 years later and no longer the boy with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips, Bruce is left with only the support of his sister (Olivia Colman) and his uncanny ability to identify dogs by their silhouettes.

However, Bruce’s new, beautiful, salsa loving boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), makes life worth living.

With work colleague Drew (Chris O’Dowd) pulling out all stops, including a tactical drop trow, to win over the boss, there’s only one thing Bruce can do.

A resurgence of his glory days sees Bruce return to the tutelage of his former dance teacher and make some unlikely friends along the way.

If nothing else, a five minute car park dance-off between the competition demonstrates a mix of salsa and martial arts at its finest.

While Nick Frost’s dancing skills can probably only pass him as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (props to the editors and stunt doubles), it’s what makes the film relatable and completely hilarious.

One thing is for sure, if learning Latin dance can win over beauties like Rashida Jones, there will be a spike in the attendance of male salsa classes.

Cuban Fury hits cinemas on March 20th so be sure to dance your way to a screening.