The new film”Cha Cha Real Smooth” is almost as unusual as its title. This film is available on Apple+ and in some theaters. Cha Cha Real Smooth is a coming of age story, with the main character Andrew, played by newcomer Cooper Raiff, coming to grips with his life after college and starting to pay the price that most of us pay when we are young. What do you do with our lives? How the hell are we going to be able to make a living? What about my student loan debt, that for anyone graduating college in recent years can be a life long nightmare.
Andrew thinks he is still in love with a much older woman he knew when he was a young teenager, who is now living in Spain. Andrew is a DJ, lives with his mother and also works in a bad fast food restaurant. Along the way Andrew runs into an older woman who is about to get married and is the mother to a genius Autistic daughter who is able to solve Rubik’s cubes that are 13×13. Much of the story and dialog is both very unusual and at times brilliant, with Dakota Johnson playing Domino, as the mother of the Autistic child, showing that she is an extremely accomplished actress. Others in the cast include Brad Garret’s as Andrew’s stepfather and Leslie Mann as Andrew’s very worried mother. The acting is very good by all, making this one of the better coming of age stories I have seen in a long time.
The ratings on Rotten Tomatoes are a very high 86%, with my rating in the 80% range and a solid recommendation.