Sundance winner 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' looks so lovely

Sundance winner ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ looks so lovely

If there’s anyone who knows how to start a bar mitzvah, it’s the Jig Conductor. Have you met him? His real name is actually Andrew, and he’s played by Cooper Raiff in the Sundance darling trailer Cha Cha real smooth.

Fresh out of college, Andrew feels like any recent graduate: hopeless, aimless and jobless. The latter is factually incorrect, however – Andrew has a job, he’s just not that proud of it. For a living, the 22-year-old is responsible for motivational dancing (yes, a real thing) at the bar and at the bat mitzvah of his younger brother’s classmates. Do you remember the DJ from your college dance? He has a real name and a real life.

But as anyone who hosted dances in college probably knows, it’s not a sustainable career. Andrew is damn good at his job – look at all these prepubescent goons having fun! – but he wants to do something, anything other. So when he meets a dazzling Dakota Johnson at one of his parties, his life is completely turned upside down. She has that effect on everyone.

In reality, Andrew becomes a babysitter for Lola (Vanessa Burghardt), Domino’s (Johnson) child, and falls in love with her in not-so-subtle ways. She has a fiancé, though! Yet Andrew is in the best position to watch Lola, knocking her out of her comfort zone and onto the dance floor from their very first interaction.

Cha Cha real smooth follows Cooper Raiff’s feature debut, Shit, another independent coming-of-age film that also followed drifting college students released in 2020. His new film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews, which led Apple TV+ to buy the film for its summer debut. It went on to win the festival audience award.

If this pattern looks a little familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same path Coda followed last year. After debuting at Sundance, the indie film was picked up by Apple TV+ and released later this summer. A few months later, Coda became the best picture winner at the Oscars. It’s way too early to call the Oscars at this point, but just a thought!

Cooper Raiff helms the film as director, writer and lead star, with Dakota Johnson starring opposite the creator. The film’s cast also includes Leslie Mann as Raiff’s mother, Evan Assante as his brother, Vanessa Burghardt, Brad Garrett, Odeya Rush and Raúl Castillo.

Cha Cha real smooth will land on Apple TV+ on June 17.

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