Falling in love sometimes makes people do things they don't normally do. They sometimes make rash decisions that have terrible consequences in the future. It's a never-ending cycle that people commit to that doesn't make sense but brings happiness.
Cha Cha Real Smooth has a crazy title that tugs your heartstrings out. A comedy-drama perfect for a cozy evening. A movie that thrives in its well-executed acting and writing.
The movie follows our main character, Andrew, a young adult with an enthusiastic attitude about almost everything. He lives with his parents and 12-year-old younger brother, with whom he shares the room. At times, he hosts events because of his outgoing personality. One day he is asked to bring his brother to a bat mitzvah, where Andrew asks all the kids to dance. He meets Domino and her autistic daughter Lola. Andrew successfully persuades Lola to join the dance, which surprises Domino. Since then, the mothers always agree to hire Andrew as a party starter during their events. He plans to raise enough money to follow her girlfriend in Barcelona.
Andrew begins a close relationship with Domino after being tasked to protect her daughter from bullies. She reveals that she has a fiancee. Things get messy when Andrew falls in love with Domino, but she cannot reciprocate because of her troubled relationship with her fiancee and priorities for her daughter. The tension begins to surface when Joseph, Domino's fiancee, arrives and plans to take her and Lola.
This movie brought the talents of the actor and director Cooper Raiff and the beautiful actress Dakota Johnson.
Cha Cha Real Smooth is an indie movie that perfectly delivers a flawed script and storyline. It's not the most incredible independent flick, but you'll love its unperfect plot and characters. It makes everything so realistic.
Cha Cha Real Smooth has a short runtime of over 100 minutes, but its story is so packed and fast-paced that your heart will not skip a beat. The plot doesn't hold back and grabs you by the wrist as it tries to pull you away from your expectations. The script misdirects you and guides you to a happier and more satisfying conclusion but instantly pulls you away.
I like how the story kept it simple. It's pretty straightforward, but the conflicts our main character, Andrew, experiences are quite haunting. Like the Cha Cha dance, Andrew sways and moves into the groove, not realizing the future responsibilities and opportunities he will encounter.
A good 4 out of 5 stars.