Sundance Crowd-Pleaser 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' Dances its Way to Apple

27 Jan

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Cooper Raiff’s ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ is heading to Apple TV+ after the company secured the worldwide rights to the film out of Sundance, which took place virtually this year. The deal was reportedly said to close at around $15 million and is the biggest purchase of the 2022 festival thus far.

The film tells the story of a recent college graduate named Andrew (Cooper Raiff) who works as a Bar Mitzvah party host and forms a unique friendship with a young mother Domino (Dakota Johnson) and her autistic teenage daughter Lola (Vanessa Burghardt). The film was also written, directed and produced by Raiff and also stars Leslie Mann, Evan Assante, Raúl Castillo and Odeya Rush.

“Cha Cha is for me about two soul mates helping each other get strong through different stages of their life,” said Raiff at this year's Sundance. “I wanted to say something about what your twenty's should be for, and I have no idea what they should be for, but I wanted to write a character who was really into starting other people's party's, but your tweety's are really the time when you should be starting your own...”

The deal follows Apple’s acquisition of ‘CODA’ at last year’s Sundance festival, which premiered on TV+ back in August and has received substantial awards recognition.

Up Next: Cooper Raiff’s debut feature ‘Sh*thouse’ was released in 2020 and is available to rent or purchase now via the TV app. The coming-of-age comedy-drama which took home the 2020 SXSW Grand Jury Prize was released under the title ‘Freshman Year’ in some international markets.

James Lees
James has been a fan of Apple for as long as he can remember. He is a film & TV obsessive and has also written for several publications such as BBC Good Food Magazine. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland and can usually be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, watching Apple TV+ and talking about it with anyone who will listen.