Going without usual screen partner Simon Pegg for a change, Nick Frost goes solo in this corny but enjoyable comedy, playing a former teenage salsa-dancing champion who lost his desire to dance after a traumatic incident and turned into a tubby loser.
Two decades later, however, he’s inspired by the arrival of Rashida Jones’s gorgeous, salsa-loving Julia, his new boss at work, to get back in shape on the dance floor with the aid of his fearsome childhood dance instructor (a growling Ian McShane).
What ensues is silly and cheesy but enormous fun if you’re in the right mood. Don’t expect subtlety. The supporting performances have cartoon vigour – with Kayvan Novak, in particular, going flamboyantly over the top as Bruce’s enthusiastic salsa classmate.
But it’s hard not to root for Frost’s hero – his hilarious dance off with smarmy love rival Chris O’Dowd in the office car park ought to win you over on its own – and the film’s love of salsa is truly infectious.
Certificate 15. Runtime 98 mins. Director James Griffiths.
Released on Blu-ray and DVD by Elevation Sales.
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