Cha Cha Real Smooth: Review
Andrew (Cooper Raiff) is twenty-two years old and like many young men his age, he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. He has a part time job working in a fast-food restaurant and he’s perfectly happy there until he figures something out.
He’s also very close to his little brother, David (Evan Assante) and feels that he needs to pass on the wisdom that he has gathered over the years. However, Andrew is stuck in that time of a person’s life where they need to find a direction of their own.
Then one night he finds himself at a Bar Mitzvah with his brother and it’s the dullest thing ever, so he decides to liven things up. His enthusiasm and happiness in seeing other people having a good time is infectious and he soon finds himself bringing the party to life. He also starts getting job offers from parents who can see his innate ability to get the party started.
However, on that night Andrew also meets Domino (Dakota Johnson), a young mother with a teenager daughter, Lola (Vanessa Burghardt) and he quickly forms a bond with them both. Things start to move along with Domino as well and soon Andrew finds himself falling for her, something which he finds to be more complicated than he’d imagined.
Cha Cha Real Smooth is a comedy drama written, directed by and starring Cooper Raiff which makes this his second directorial feature by the age of 25. However, despite its supposed indie sensibilities, it seems that Raiff has designed his latest feature to be a studio friendly comedy. There are moments where the story he’s put together feels like it could relate to its audience, but his performance and character makes him feel almost too perfect.
As a performer, Raiff also gives an energetic and youthful performance which will draw in audiences. There’s also a real chemistry between him and Johnson who equally gives a great performance as she draws in the young Andrew, whilst hiding her true intentions.
However, Cha Cha Real Smooth feels like a movie put together to please an audience rather than tell an authentic story with real characters.
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