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Cha Cha Real Smooth

Directed by Cooper Raiff
Produced by Dakota Johnson, Cooper Raiff, Ro Donnelly, Erik Feig, and Jessica Switch
Written by Cooper Raiff
With: Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Evan Assante, Vanessa Burghardt, Leslie Mann, Brad Garrett, Raúl Castillo, Colton Osorio, Amara Pedroso, and Odeya Rush
Cinematography: Cristina Dunlap
Editing: Henry Hayes
Music: Este Haim and Christopher Stracey
Runtime: 107 min
Release Date: 17 June 2022
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Color: Color
Cooper Raiff follows up his indie hit S#!%house (2020) with another film fest crowd-pleaser starring himself. This time, Raiff plays a 22-year-old who moves back in with his New Jersey family and fends off the post-college malaise by working as a party starter for his little brother's classmates' bar and bat mitzvahs. At these parties, the charming people-pleaser befriends a local mom (an exceptional Dakota Johnson) and her autistic daughter (newcomer Vanessa Burghardt, who is herself on the spectrum). It's a poignant maturation rom-com that, like 2019's Booksmart, proves that Millennials can make funny and insightful coming-of-age comedies despite all that pesky kindness, inclusion, and sincerity.