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  • 13 February 2014, 16:59

Cuban Fury Review: Frost's Dream Came True

Nick Frost has stepped out of Simon Pegg's shadow to play the lead in this hip-swivelling, heel-clicking romantic comedy.

As the overweight nice guy Bruce to Chris O'Dowd's woman-chasing sleazeball Drew, the pair battle to win the affections of their salsa-loving new boss (Rashida Jones).

But unbeknown to Drew, Bruce has a secret in his soles - he was a champion salsa dancer in his youth and it is time for him to reignite that fire in his heels.

Frost told Sky News he had always wanted to be a dancer and pitched the idea for the film to his agent after a few pints too many.

Perhaps if he had known he would be training seven hours a day for seven months, he may not have been so quick to email her.

But the hard work definitely paid off.

Frost's dance-offs with O'Dowd are hilarious, especially the climax where they spin, jump and somersault across the office car park.

Keep your eyes peeled for a slightly predictable cameo at this point too.

Frost's fantastic facial expressions would match any professional's on Strictly Come Dancing and they would probably be envious of his sequined shirts too.

Ian McShane is thoroughly unlikeable as Bruce's boozy childhood dance tutor but seemed wasted in the role - where were his dance moves?

Olivia Colman and Rory Kinnear, as Bruce's sister and best friend, put in the excellent performances we have come to expect with all of their work.

However, I found the likeable Jones dull and drippy, failing to bring any extra sparkle to the role.

The most enjoyable person to watch, apart from Frost, was Four Lions star Kayvan Novak, who plays camp, Middle Eastern salsa fanatic Bejan.

Cuban Fury is one of those easy-to-watch Brit flicks that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

It will make a great date movie for Valentine's Day.

Rating: ****

Cuban Fury is in cinemas from February 14.

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