The first trailer for Cooper Raiff‘s Cha Cha Real Smooth has made its way online. A Sundance critical hit, it won the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s festival. Our editor-in-chief Joey Magidson saw the movie at the festival and said that the film is so “is so genuinely moving, it feels like something more autobiographical than it likely is. It’s a credit to Raiff’s work both behind and in front of the camera that you get so instantly invested. This isn’t just true of his protagonist, either. Every supporting character is drawn so deftly they could have their own films and be just as interesting. You’ll truly want to live in this cinematic world for longer than he lets us, and that’s a rare compliment.” You can read his full thoughts on the movie here.
Written, directed, and starring Raiff, the movie also stars Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, Brad Garrett, Raul Castillo, and Odeya Rush.
Its plot synopsis reads “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.”
You can watch the full trailer below and see the movie in select theatres and on Apple TV+ on June 17th: