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  • Summary: 1987: 13-year-old Bruce Garrett, a natural born salsa dancer with fire in his heels and the world at his feet, is perfectly poised to clinch the title at the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his sequins and his1987: 13-year-old Bruce Garrett, a natural born salsa dancer with fire in his heels and the world at his feet, is perfectly poised to clinch the title at the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his sequins and his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path. So it is that 25 years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost), finds himself out-of-shape, unloved and emotionally inert - trapped in a downward spiral of self pity. It takes Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, to force him to confront the demons of his past and re-examine his passionless existence. Bruce fears it's an impossible challenge - she's way out of his league and long held self doubts prove tricky to shed. Luckily for him, Julia also has a secret passion—salsa dancing. Maybe, just maybe, this is his way in. But life is never that easy for Bruce. First he's got to get past Drew (Chris O’Dowd), the oversexed alphamale of the office and Bruce's tirelessly taunting team manager. With Drew making no secret of his desire to make Julia his latest conquest, Bruce is forced into action and brought face-to-face with his darkest and most powerful inner demons. Somehow, with a lot of handholding from loyal sister Sam (Olivia Colman), his old mentor Ron (Ian McShane) and crazy new amateur salsa pal Bejan (Novak) Bruce must learn to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 10, 2014
    80
    Don't let the cheesy title deter you. Cuban Fury is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser — sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring.
  2. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    A pleasant diversion starring the always amiable Nick Frost, with Chris O'Dowd relishing his role as a slimeball.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 9, 2014
    67
    Frost is a likable bloke with a deft physical grace to match his rat-a-tat one-liners. But all the sequins and silk shirts in the world can’t disguise the film’s too-familiar formula.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Feb 10, 2014
    60
    Saturday Night Fever by way of Strictly Come Dancing, Frost’s solo movie lacks the inventive madness of his Cornetto team-ups, but it’s still a heartfelt blast of fun.
  5. Reviewed by:  Charles Gant
    Feb 18, 2014
    60
    Overall, it’s just enough to send the date-movie crowd home with a smile on their face and a tingle of joy in their heart.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 10, 2014
    50
    Not that some of this isn’t amusing, but you feel the considerable improvisational skills of the cast going to waste.
  7. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Feb 18, 2014
    20
    Cuban Fury belongs to an older, unfunnier time. Please let’s not go back.

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  1. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Nick Frost came up with the story for this comedy, and then it blossomed into something really funny, and with a nice Romantic Comedy edge.Nick Frost came up with the story for this comedy, and then it blossomed into something really funny, and with a nice Romantic Comedy edge. When bullies stop him from dancing in the National championships Bruce turns his back on the whole thing and ends up being a very good draftsman for a engineering company. While dealing with that one co-worker that we all have that deserves a punch in the face, played well by Chris O’Dowd. When the new boss comes in and both Bruce and Drew want to fight for her attention it provides most of the humour. This is a date night Romantic Comedy that both sides of the relationship will find a lot to like. It’s almost like a male version of Bridget Jones, but with Salsa dancing. The dance off scene in the car park makes this a more special movie, although there is some help with special effects to make Frost dance better, you still have to give the man props for being able to move as well as he can for that size. As a big guy myself I know I couldn’t dance like that, and not one of you would want that. Don’t be fooled that this is a chick flick, it’s a good comedy that will make you laugh. Expand

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