HAPPINESS IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD

Posted in Recommended by - July 22, 2017
HAPPINESS IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD

Starring: Mmabatho Montsho, Khanyi Mbau, Renate Stuurman, Chris Attoh

Synopsis:
All is well for a newly engaged, rising attorney, until she’s plagued by career pressures and the resurgence of her tantalizing ex-boyfriend.

Review:
Nandi’s life (Mmabatho Montsho) was on the right track. She was promoted to partner at work and engaged to be married. But a cloud set in when her fiancé suffered baby-mama drama and her ex-boyfriend who stiffed her on a loan, reappeared with a check and a renewed interest in her. 

Nandi confided in her girlfriends that had issues of their own. Princess (Renate Stuurman) was single and enjoyed playing the field while Zaza (Khanyi Mbau) cheated on her wealthy husband.  

Let’s Talk. Yes! A movie featuring relatable and successful women. The story is based on a book of the same title written by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele. I haven’t read the book but I can bet it’s better since novels have the capacity for detail while movies work with a limited time frame.

The story is about the ups and downs of relationships told through the experiences of three women. One was engaged but tempted by her ex,  the second was single with commitment phobia, and the third cheated on her husband with a married man.

In addition to coping with real life issues, the rapport between the women was genuine. They poked fun, confided, and supported each other no matter what. They displayed the true meaning of friendship – not harbored jealousy or women having affairs with their friend’s man as seen in other conventional movies.

The film reminded me of Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s style in that modern, career women were the focus. Their struggles weren’t financial which was refreshing to see and I’m always thrilled to see Blacks portrayed with positive images. A reminder that we’re an educated and career oriented race doesn’t happen often enough.

The story flowed well with adequate pacing. Its various segments were narrated with inserts of four-letter words that cleverly narrated the story. Some of the words chosen were unpleasant but in reality we sometimes have to submerge in order to reemerge to a happy place.

The one scene I didn’t believe was the one where Princess came home to meet her place trashed. It just looked too staged and came out of nowhere. We saw signs that her boyfriend wasn’t ready for commitment but nothing in his character prepared us for such an outcome.

Another pinch was Nandi’s hair. Some of her hairstyles were puzzling and not representative of a successful lawyer. This is not to say that a weave was required; it’s just that a sophisticated approach to matching hair with attire and profession was needed.

Performances? The entire cast was a joy to watch. Production took place in South Africa and Nollywood’s Chris Attoh played the love interest to one of the women. 

Video quality was exceptional – no problems there.

Some four letter words can be crude and I’m sure we can think of a few, however, this movie ultimately exuded words like chic, glam, and sexy. Loved it. RECOMMEND

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