A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined.
Cuban Fury is an enjoyable British rom-com, helped above the usual rom-com rubbish by a likable self-deprecating performance from Nick Frost, and a terrific supporting cast including Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Kayvan Novak, Olivia Colman and the imperious Ian McShane, channelling Al Swearengen. The story is focused on Bruce (Frost), a tubby graphic designer who used to be a brilliant salsa dancer in his youth, but gave it up after an incident with some bullies. He’s at a slump in his life until his company gets a new boss, Rashida Jones gorgeous American Julia, and he enters into a bit of a competition with Chris O’Dowd’s leacherous co-worker. In terms of story, there’s nothing new here. It’s standard rom-com and barely misses a beat on the way, but the film is genuinely funny, with several laugh out loud moments and its likable cast always keep you entertained.
Frost is so often the funny sidekick, but he plays the straight man very well here, allowing Kayvan Novak, Chris O’Dowd and Ian McShane to provide the more outlandish laughs. The finest moment comes during a board game between Bruce and Ian McShane’s Ron, which is very very funny, and overall, this is a good solid rom-com to spend 90 minutes watching.
Directed By: James Griffiths
Starring: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Kayvan Novak, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Rory Kinnear and Ian McShane