Story

Cuban Fury begins when Bruce Garrett (Ben Radcliffe) is 13 years old. He and his sister Sam (Isabella Steinbarth) are winning awards around the country for their salsa dancing skills. They are about to compete in the national championships when Bruce is viciously attacked by a gang of bullies. This ends his hopes of a dancing career.

Twenty-two years later, Bruce (Nick Frost) works in a mundane office job with colleague Drew (Chris O’Dowd), who is a real lowlife. Things pick up at work when Julia (Rashida Jones), a new attractive female boss, arrives. Bruce is instantly attracted to Julia, but Drew is determined to ‘have her’ first. Bruce discovers that Julia is a salsa dancer and he sees this as an opportunity to win her over. But he must radically revive his salsa skills, which he does with the encouragement of his sister (Olivia Colman) and former tough tutor Ron Parfait (Ian McShane). Harder for Bruce is overcoming his fear of being humiliated.

Themes

Dance; bullying

Violence

Cuban Fury has some violence. For example:

  • As a young boy, Bruce is bullied by a gang of boys because he is wearing his dancing clothes. They beat him and leave him bloodied and lying in a pool of water.
  • Bruce and Drew have a ‘salsa’ fight – a stylised sequence in which Drew gets knocked out.
  • Drew is also a bully. He sometimes pinches Bruce’s bottom and his crotch.
  • Julia accidentally crashes her car into Bruce on his bicycle.
  • Bruce argues with his friend Gary (Rory Kinnear) and punches him in the face.
  • Gary hits golf balls at Bruce.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

Aside from the violent scenes mentioned above, there are no visually scary scenes in Cuban Fury for children under five years. 

From 5-8

Aside from the violent scenes mentioned above, there is nothing particularly scary in Cuban Fury for children in this age group. 

From 8-13

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, the scene in Cuban Fury that might be disturbing to children in this age group is when Drew sexually harasses Bruce. 

Over 13

There is nothing particularly scary in Cuban Fury for children in this age group. 

Sexual references

Cuban Fury has a lot of sexual references. For example:

  • Drew continually makes sexual remarks, which are often demeaning to other characters.
  • Bejan (Kayvan Novak) is Bruce’s very flamboyant dance partner, who makes advances towards Bruce.
  • There is a mention of incest.
  • Bruce arrives at Julia’s front door to ask her out. Drew appears in the background without his trousers on. 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Cuban fury shows some use of substances. For example:

  • Characters drink a lot in different places: at home, the pub, parties and so on.
  • Characters drink vodka out of a bottle. 

Nudity and sexual activity

Cuban Fury has no nudity, but characters do a lot of sexy dancing wearing skimpy clothing. 

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in Cuban Fury: Coke, Fanta, Apple computers and GHD Engineering. 

Coarse language

Cuban Fury has a lot of coarse language. 

Ideas to discuss with your children

Cuban Fury is a British comedy with a difference. The salsa dancing is great to watch, but the characters are very stereotypical and the story is predictable. The movie will appeal to teenagers and adults but isn’t suitable for younger children.

The main messages from this movie are to follow your dreams and not be put off by what others think of you.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:

  • overcoming your fears
  • believing in yourself
  • being tolerant
  • putting more value on sincerity and honesty than on outward appearances.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as:

  • sexual objectification of women: should this still be happening in the workplace?
  • sexual harassment in the workplace
  • bullying of boys and men who want to dance.