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Cuban Fury

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Director: James Griffiths

Starring: Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd, Ian McShane, Rashida Jones, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach.

Duration: 98 minutes

Certificate 15A

1 of 2 Nick Frost makes a loveable lead
Nick Frost makes a loveable lead
2 of 2 Frost's dance moves are a let down
Frost's dance moves are a let down

As a teenage salsa sensation Bruce (Frost) found out from an early age that salsa "wasn't just a dip" - and he has dozens of trophies to prove it. However, a traumatic bullying incident, which happens moments before young Bruce shimmies his way on stage for a school show, sees him hanging up his sequin shirts for good. 

Fast forward over two decades and the former dancing champ is now a fed-up, middle-aged industrial salesman who doesn't have much luck with the ladies. However, Bruce begins to get a spring back in his step back when his appealing new American boss (Jones) reveals her passion for Latin dancing.

With his obnoxious co-worker Drew (O'Dowd) lurking about, Bruce knows he needs to bring his A-game to win over the woman of his dreams. Enter Bruce's former dance teacher (McShane) to help him restack his Cuban heels, while encouraging him to find his "corazón" along the way.

Frost makes a loveable lead and viewers will find themselves rooting for him from the get-go. It's a pity the same can't be said for his average dance moves which don't warrant his seven months of intense training.

O'Dowd plays the part of the intolerable colleague to perfection, with his true colours coming out in a hilarious rooftop fight scene, which resulted in Nick putting his back out! The chemistry and banter between the pair doesn't even come close to that of the good old Frost/Pegg days in Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

There is terrific support from Olivia Colman as Bruce's bartending sister, while Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak steals the show and provides some comedy gold moments as a Fanta fanatic and flamboyant salsa lover.

The script is predictable and lacks imagination, with the gags coming few and far between.

Cuban Fury may be murder on the dance floor, but it has just enough heart to keep the groove alive.

Laura Delaney

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