A young actor-filmmaker builds a dramedy around self-gratification in Cha Cha Real Smooth.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘I ndie film” may be conflated in the popular imagination with “edgy film,” but a quality of the Sundance Film Festival that doesn’t get much notice is how, year after year, many of its marquee offerings turn out to be conventional, sweet, and nice. A case in point is this year’s Cha Cha Real Smooth, which is as edgy as a tub of margarine.

Not that it’s a bad movie; it simply has no impact. The writer-director-star of this cinematic bildungsroman, which has just debuted at Sundance, is Cooper Raiff, and, gosh, Cooper Raiff really wants you to like Cooper Raiff. Perhaps


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