Cha Cha Real Smooth

Director: Cooper Raiff
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.5

Tulane graduate Andrew (Raiff) is back at home living with his parents (Leslie Mann and Brad Garrett as the step-dad) and working at a fast food joint called Meat Sticks when he volunteers to accompany his brother David (Evan Assante) to a Bat Mitzvah, where he befriends autistic girl Lola (Vanessa Burghardt) and becomes close with her mother Domino (Dakota Johnson) ... and then is recruited to work as a "party starter" for Jewish moms.  It's a lot more of the "same" kind of material he put out with his debut Shithouse: there's a tremendous amount of "virtue signaling" going on (the way he defends quirky Lola or helps Domino with her miscarriage) and a too much effort is put into showing how he's really a Good Guy but just Dealing With a So Many Problems ... and we're supposed to believe he's pining for his ex-girlfriend in Barcelona (who's clearly done with him) when he gets to sleep with the cute Macy (Odeya Rush).  For a challenge, I'd like to see Coop direct a movie that (a.) isn't about him (b.) has characters that aren't written exclusively to compliment him and (c.) prevents him from recording himself crying ... which he does multiple times.