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Cuban Fury Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Frost can play lovable losers in his sleep, but to succeed, Cuban Fury has to make him dance. A fat man falling down gets a cheap laugh; a fat man with magic feet makes us cheer. Director James Griffiths splits the difference between ridicule and respect, and the resulting comedy is as trite and cloying as a rum and coke.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety

    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.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Frost is a likable lead and an easy rooting interest. But his affability isn’t enough to give this silly-sweet feature the edge and dimension that would make it a memorable contribution to the subgenre epitomized by The Full Monty — comedies in which middle-aged, unassuming Brits discover their inner showman.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    A little more fury might have been a whole lot better.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It ends up feeling a little like warmed-over "Strictly Ballroom" without Baz Lurhmann's over-the-top sense of style.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Warm, funny dance romcom has language, sexual references.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cuban Fury -- a British romantic comedy with plenty of salsa dancing -- stars cult-fave actor Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead). Its biggest issue is heavy verbal sexual innuendo, as well as one scene that shows a man getting undressed in a woman's apartment (nothing happens). Language is also fairly strong, with uses of "f--k," "p---y," and "s--t." The main character faces bullies -- both in his childhood and in adulthood, though the grown-up bully merely taunts and teases him (his childhood bullies beat him up). A big "dance-off" battle scene -- in which the main characters attempt to out-dance each other -- is pretty aggressive but also funny. Adult characters drink fairly frequently, mostly in a social way, though in one scene, the main character comes home staggering drunk, with intended-to-be-comic after-effects. The soda Fanta gets a comical promotion in one scene. While it's not appropriate for younger viewers, older teens and adults may find it a good date movie.

  • Families can talk about the way the main character in Cuban Fury deals with bullies, both in his childhood and as an adult. When and how does he find himself free from them? Could he have handled them in other ways?
  • Which male characters use the most sexual innuendo, and how does their talk compare to their actual relationships with women? What does that say about them?
  • Why do you think the characters drink as much as they do? Do they appear to enjoy it? Are there other reasons?
  • Does Cuban Fury make you want to take up dancing? If so, for what reasons? Fun? Building confidence? Meeting people?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: A character learns to believe in himself. At first he thinks he can win the woman of his dreams by impressing her with his dancing, but he soon comes to discover that he must dance for himself, rather than for her. He also overcomes a childhood bullying incident and rediscovers his passion, and he overcomes an adult bully in the workplace.

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    Role models: The main character starts off fairly weak: He gives in to bullies, both as a kid (in flashbacks) and as an adult in the office; he doesn't have a strong self-image; and he believes that it will take something extra -- something external -- to get a woman to like him. But by the movie's final third, he finds strength and confidence by discovering something he's good at, something he's passionate about, and something he believes in. Plus, his dancing is good enough that it could inspire others.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Cuban Fury starts with a flashback of young Bruce being attacked and beaten by bullies. The images are quickly cut and aren't graphic, though they do have an impact. The grown-up hero and his bullying co-worker have a big dance-fight sequence in which they try to out-dance each other; the sequence is played like a battle, with aggressiveness and attacks. There's also an antagonistic relationship between these two in the office, with harsh teasing and veiled threats.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Strong verbal sexual references, particularly involving the bully co-worker's attempts to sleep with his pretty new boss; he uses heavy, frequent innuendo (intended to be comic). In a scene of comical misunderstanding, he's seen in her apartment wearing only his underwear, socks, and shirt. (No actual sex happens.) And the salsa dancing itself can be quite sexy, especially when involving voluptuous women in skimpy outfits.

  • language false4

    Language: Language is fairly strong, including many uses of "f--k," plus "p---y," "a--hole," "s--t," "bastard," "ass," etc., as well as lots of sexual innuendoes.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: One character drinks and pretty much endorses the soda Fanta (he prefers drinking it flat), though the scene is definitely comical.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters drink socially fairly often; i.e., at an office party or in the pub where the main character's sister works. Drinks range from beer to vodka shots. In one scene, the main character returns home, staggering drunk, and proceeds to (inadvertently) wreck his apartment while going through old boxes, records, etc., and attempting to dance. In the morning, he wakes up and sees the destruction.

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