Sundance Review: Cha Cha Real Smooth is a tribute to everyday life.

A man who works as a bar mitzvah party host strikes up a unique friendship with a young woman and her teenage daughter.

There is something truly special about Cha Cha Real Smooth, it’s a film that is absolutely relatable in every single way possible and truly captures what it’s like at that point of your life. The performances here are absolutely phenomenal Cooper Raiff who also directed and wrote this film, does such a fantastic job of bringing so many different types of emotions to the film. Heartbreak, laughter, happiness it’s truly beautiful and leads to so many moments where you can’t help but smile. Dakota Johnson gives one of the best performances of her career, she continues to show that she is an incredible actress that truly delivers. She gives such a genuine performance that feels incredibly grounded, she brings so much emotion to the role plus the amount of quiet scenes for her character development adds so much. Newcomer Vanessa Burghardt who plays Lola an autistic daughter of Domino (Dakota Johnson) Burghardt is actually autistic making her performance more grounded, she does such a fantastic job here as well. Which I feel like is the main theme Cha Cha Real Smooth “grounded” everything about this film is like watching someone’s day, it keeps things as grounded as possible and there’s just a sense of beauty to it. It’s a film that truly captures everyday life, these characters feel like actual people you would meet or hangout with it’s truly a fascinating film that definitely made me cry a bit. Cha Cha Real Smooth is a film that I absolutely can not wait to watch again, be sure to put this one on your radar!

Cha Cha Real Smooth currently has no release date but will be released on Apple TV+ later this year!

10/10 A+


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