Cuban Fury (R)
Comedy 98 min. April 11, 2014
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. Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) perks things up as Bruce's snide co-worker who vies for Julia's attentions, even undermining the premise of the film by asking, "You thought that the parsnip would win the butterfly by doing a bit of tiny shoe shuffle?"
Actually, yes. Cuban Fury does think a Nice Guy™ deserves to win the girl of his choice with a little sweat. Which means as progressive as it might feel for fat guys, losers and salsa stalwarts, it's rotten for women: Julia — who shows only chummy interest in both men — must still date one of them at the end. Hey, let's make this next dance a Sadie Hawkins.