Cha Cha Real Smooth
★★★☆☆
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.

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
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