Cha Cha Real Smooth
Winner! Audience Award, U.S. Dramatic – 2022 Sundance Film Festival
Certified Fresh with 92% on Rotten Tomatoes!
Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. But if there’s one thing that belongs on his nonexistent résumé, it’s how to get a party started, which lands him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates. When Andrew befriends a local mom, Domino, and her daughter, Lola, he finally discovers a future he wants – even if it might not be his own. Cooper Raiff writes, directs and stars alongside Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante in this tale of unconventional love that brims with emotional honesty.
USA, 2022, 107 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Cooper Raiff
“If [Cha Cha Real Smooth] sounds like standard twee Sundance fare, rest assured -- Raiff and Johnson’s performances turn it into something irresistible and lovely.”—Alissa Wilkinson, VOX
“Raiff has once again cast himself as a kindly but fumbling romantic lead, still trying to figure out what he wants from life and how to get it. But Johnson is the real star here, doing disarmingly funny work.”—David Sims, THE ATLANTIC
“An even more sophisticated crowd-pleaser…It's funny, wise, winsome, and endearing. Is Cooper Raiff our next great rom-com director?”—Matthew Jacobs, THRILLIST
“A smart film that ends up also being surprisingly moving.”—Brian Tallerico, ROGEREBERT.COM
“Not only is this film incredibly charming, it crafts one of the most well developed cinematic characters of the year so far. It's funny, moving, and always feels real.”—Joey Magidson, AWARDS RADAR
“’Cha Cha Real Smooth’ is a winner: charming, and sure to bring a smile.”—Kristy Strouse, FILM INQUIRY