Cooper Raiff makes movies for people who want to feel. The director, writer and actor made his feature directorial debut with Shithouse, a title which belies the film's sensitivity about the sadness and joyfulness and loneliness and drunkenness of entering college. Now, he's set his sights on life after graduation with Cha Cha Real Smooth.
The movie — which takes its title from DJ Casper's ubiquitous party song, "Cha Cha Slide" — stars Raiff as 22-year-old Andrew, who finds himself back at his childhood home in New Jersey with a diploma but no plan for what comes next. When Andrew begins moonlighting as a party starter at bar and bat mitzvahs, he befriends a single mother, Domino (Dakota Johnson), and his life finally comes together even as it all falls apart.
Newcomer Vanessa Burghardt stars as Domino's daughter, Lola, in a cast that also includes Leslie Mann, Brad Garrett, Evan Assante, Odeya Rush and Raúl Castillo. Cha Cha Real Smooth premiered during this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Watch the trailer below.
Cha Cha Real Smooth is in select theaters and streaming on Apple TV+ on June 17.
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