Beneath Bruce Garrett’s under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now, one woman is about to reignite his Latin fire.
Running Time: 1hr 38min
MPAA Rating: R
by Leba Hertz – San Francisco Chronicle
There’s nothing groundbreaking in “Cuban Fury,” but it’s a pleasant diversion starring the always amiable Nick Frost, with Chris O’Dowd relishing his role as a slime ball.
As a youngster, Bruce (Frost) was a champion salsa dancer until a gang of bullies “destroyed the fire in his heels.” Flash forward 20-plus years to the overweight shlub who now has an office job. When the lovely Julia (Rashida Jones) becomes his boss, he’s smitten, but has to compete for her attentions with Drew (O’Dowd), who will do anything to steal her affections.
Julia also takes salsa lessons, so yes, our hero decides to get back into shape (of sorts) and asks for help from his former tyrannical mentor (the always amazing Ian McShane).
We know what will happen: a dance off, of course. And the lessons learned are not only on the dance floor, but about himself. After all, Frost has that underdog quality we always root for.
By the way, Frost is mostly known for his work with Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead,” etc.) and he goes it alone quite well – but do look out for a Pegg cameo.