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Review of "CUBAN FURY"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014. Written 27th March 2014.
REVIEW: "" by Jayne Waterford

It's sweet. O'Dowd returns to stomp on his home ground as Drew a tall looser with lovely legs and Rashida Jones gives us a middle class gal, Julio, their Sales Manager who salsas. But the star of our show is the rotund, whose rotund varies to varying widths throughout our adventure, Nick Frost. Frost plays Bruce, a kid (Ben Radcliffe) who loved winning awards for salsa until one sad night, on his way to the national championship he was raped by a pack of bi-cycle weilding child-bullies. He put away his sequence stitched wardrobe and burnt his one-and-a-quater-inch heels, forever.

Yarda, yarda, yarda, the end.

There were a couple of shinning moments. Simon Pegg's cameo drive-by during Frost and O'Dowd's original take on Capoeira is one. The depth of stupidity is plumbed by O'Dowd as the inappropriate employee. And you know, I think it's the nicest role Frost has ever played. This is not "THE WORLD'S END". Laughter didn't scatter around the cinema. Everyone giggled at the same time, sometimes in waves. Though Frost did hit moments of genius every now and again, thinking: arm stuck in wall at work, thinking: "Say hello to my li'l' fren'."

I suspect a truck load of CGI was committed to this enterprise, if not a superb fat suit. I mean Frost did manipulate it masterfully. Sometimes Frost's legs and arms seem shorter and smaller while his iced bun-enchanced breasts are floppier. Othertimes he wears plates of pecs. It tells the story. Interesting for fat people.

Tonnes of Latin references. Who'd'a thought London had gone Latino crazy? Props to Kayvan Novak for doing the best openly gay guy I'd seen in recent cinema, thinking back months. And it was nice to see Ian McShane out of a pirate costume.

I mean, it didn't kill me. 6/10

James Griffiths's
"CUBAN FURY" (2013)
Release Date 20th March 2014
Category Comedy
Running Time 98 minutes (1 hour 38 minutes)
Rating M
Origin UK
Director James Griffiths
Producers James Biddle, Nira Park
Stars Rashida Jones, Chris O'Dowd, Ian McShane, Nick Frost

Distributor Studiocanal Distribution

Official Blurb "A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined by a rival dancer." - Studiocanal Distribution PR (Studiocanal Distribution Release Schedule January 2013)

"1987: A 13 year old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then: a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path. So it is that 22 years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved - trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity, repression and Nando's take-outs. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she's untouchable. Out of his league, so he imagines, with her perfect smile and perfect life. Unknown to Bruce however, Julia has issues all of her own. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion. Then there's Drew (Chris O'Dowd), his alpha male colleague and horny king-monkey of the office. With Drew making no secret of his desire to get (his words) "all up inside Julia", Bruce is forced into action. And thus, Bruce is once again brought face-to-face with the darkest and most powerful of his inner demons. Somehow, someway, and with a lot of hand-holding from loyal sister Sam (Olivia Colman) Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life...and he's going to do it all On The Dance Floor... 2014 NEW.

Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, overweight exterior,

the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click – Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury. 1987: A 13 year old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then… a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path. So it is that 22 years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved - trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity, repression and Nando’s takeouts. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she’s untouchable. Out of his league, so he imagines, with her perfect smile and perfect life. Unknown to Bruce however, Julia has issues all of her own. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion. Then there’s Drew (Chris O’Dowd), his alpha male colleague and horny king-monkey of the office. With Drew making no secret of his desire to get (his words) “all up inside Julia”, Bruce is forced into action. And thus, Bruce is once again brought face-to-face with the darkest and most powerful of his inner demons. Somehow, someway, and with a lot of handholding from loyal sister Sam (Olivia Colman) Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his
life...and he’s going to do it all on the dancefloor!" - studiocanal Distribution (Release Schedule April 2013)