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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 98 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Bruce (Nick Frost) leads an unobtrusive life as a simple employee. A professional advancement lies as far away as the almost unattainable happiness in love. Once upon a time Bruce was full of fire, not only because of his full body but also because of the jokes of his arrogant colleague Drew (Chris O`Dowd). As a boy, his heart burned for the salsa dance. But after a traumatic experience, Bruce has hung up his dancing shoes and now prefers to spend his time playing golf or at the pub. But when the American Julia (Rashida Jones) becomes his new boss, the discovery that this dream woman loves to dance Salsa fights his old fire again. To impress her, he wants to go back to his old class. Only one person can help him: his old mentor Ron (Ian McShane). But he still resents that Bruce stopped dancing from one day to the next. And so Bruce, in love with Ron, first has to prove to Ron that he's really serious this time - and he loses valuable time that Drew uses to get in contact with Julia…
Nick Frost is primarily known as Simon Pegg's partner in the so-called "Cornetto Trilogy" ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz", "The World`s End"). Those who expect similar black humor, anarchic wit and tempo from his solo performance in "Cuban Fury" will be bitterly disappointed. Because even if Frost, as so often here, plays the lovable loser, he nevertheless strikes quite different notes than at the side of his buddy Simon Pegg. "Cuban Fury" is aimed more at those viewers who love classic British romantic comedies.
Frost's biggest challenge was surely to make the audience believe why a woman like Julia can fall in love with an inconspicuous, not exactly attractive guy like him. Not only charm, dry humour and dancing talent helped him, but also Chris O`Dowd alias Büro-Ekel Drew. It is amusing that Frost and O`Dowd virtually exchange the character traits from the comedy "Radio Rock Revolution", in which they also appeared together in front of the camera. While Frost was the pompous ladykiller there, who had no qualms about getting into bed with the wives of his "friends", while Chris O`Dowd gave the lovable, shy outsider, the actor known from the cult comedy series "The IT-Crowd" can be really unrestrainedly disgusting here. Frost again profits from this, especially in the scenes in which Bruce is once again mobbed by Drew, where all viewer sympathies fly towards him.
Although the humor in some scenes, like a wonderful underground car park dance duel, takes on somewhat more absurd traits, "Cuban Fury" is altogether a rather conventional comedy, which makes use of some clichés, especially in the side characters. This is especially true for Bejan (Kayvan Novak), Bruce's new Salsa partner. But even if characters like Bejan seem to be completely overdrawn, it happens in such a lovable way that you don't mind it very much. Despite several stereotypes and a very predictable plot, this somewhat different dance movie is just a lot of fun, is extremely funny in some scenes, only charming and heartwarming in other moments.
Admittedly, the big hit hasn't become "Cuban Fury". But at least the movie manages to give the viewer about 100 minutes of pure good mood. And even if this succeeds in a very harmless way, it is more than enough to justify a visit to the cinema. If you don't expect a comedy in the style of Frost/Pegg movies and just want to see nice entertainment for your laugh muscles and your heart, this charming work can be highly recommended to you. For the smile on the face and the twitching in the dance legs, which this film evokes, there is then also one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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