-Mercy Johnson as Mirabel
-Funke Akindele as Samantha
-Halima Abubakar as Sandra
-Ruth Kadiri as Vanessa
-Queen Nwokoye as Magaret/Maggie
-Nazareth Jesse (aka Naz) as Jemima
-Paul Sambo as Kelvin
-Daniel K Daniel as Benard
-Chigozie Atuanya - Mike
-Femi Adebayo as Richie
-Alex Ekubo as Jude
-Sam Iheanacho as Charles
PRODUCED BY Ephraim Arinze
CO PRODUCED BY Stanley C Ebonnie
DIRECTED BY Afam Okereke
CASTING DIRECTOR: Stanley C Ebonnie - great casting Oga!!
I must admit, I really enjoyed this movie, and though i will not put any movie rated less than 8/10 on my shelve, this is going on my shelve - its a nice movie i can enjoy when i have friends over. Everybody can relate to one character or the other in one point in their lives
The Acting: The acting by all cast was very good, and you cannot help but notice the new male actors (well they may not necessarily be new but they are new to the most of us). They are namely Paul Sambo, Daniel K Daniel, Femi Adebayo, Alex Ekubo and Chigozie Atuanya.
Femi Adebayo is not known in English movies but he is a household name in most yoruba movies (which i was watch a alot). Chigozie i already mentioned here, he may not necessarily be a household name, but he has been in the game for a long minute and paid all his dues to be finally getting some shine with some lead roles. All the brothers are fine, and that makes the movie even better..
In the movie all the ladies/guys were going through their own share of relationship problems. We had an Sex Addict (Alex Ekubo's Character), a Workaholic (Charles character), A Mommys Boy (Daniel K Daniel's character), a Womanizer (Femi Adebayo character), The Dictator and physical abuser (Paul Sambo's character) and Mr Push Over or Too Nice to a Fault kinda like Aidan from Sex in the City (Chigozie's Character). Though the acting for almost all of them was "good" in my books, If you ask me the two that caught my eye the most are newbies Paul Sambo and Daniel K Daniel.
Sam Iheanacho - Charles The Workaholic - was married to his job - everything else was secondary. I know first hand this kind of person. A character that is so annoying - cos they really know how to ignore one like they dont even exist in the same room and just go about the money chasing job stuff. The actor who played this character (still looking for his name in the credits) - did an ok job. At least his role was convincing. These type of guys are so frustruating. Charles played his character well cos i was very frustruated with him too. In one scene this is a conversation between him and his ex - as he is begging for forgiveness
I had to laugh at that - and mind you all this while Charles is pleading his damn phone is still ringing off the hook and he is answering business calls - imagine the ultimate nerve!!!)
FOR THE LADIES, everyone did very well, including Queen Nwokoye whose acting I have never really cared for in the past, (and like Chigozie she has also been in the industry the longest as compared to the rest of the female cast). The other lady who played the roommate to Mercy and Halima - Nazareth Jesee (played Jemima) i dont have much to say about her acting - it was just ok . The best actress goes to Funke, followed by Queen, Mercy, Ruth, and Halima.
Queen Nwokoye like is stated before played her role well and I was quite impressed - personally I'd say this is the best i have seen her. But Chaley that hot dirty slap for a ring? - No m'aam. You can keep your 1/4 quarter carat ring as i knee you in your balls for slapping me. Anuofia!!! She played her role very well. But seriously you and Mercy - what was with the green contacts. It was not necessary - you all looked beautiful as you are.
I dont like to give movies away by telling the whole story (this is the most i have given out for any movie review), but lets just say the movie was one of the most enjoyable movies i have seen since the beginning of the 2011. Besides this movie like any other nollywood movie do a good enough job by giving the story away within the first 5 mins of the movie by the simple ridiculous music lyrics (see the bottom of the page for the lyrics in blue and sing along with me)
ITS FUNNY IN LIFE HOW THOSE YOU LOVE/WANTS DONT LOVE/WANT THE SAME, YET THOSE WHOM YOU DONT LOVE/CARE FOR ARE THE ONES WHO LOVE YOU THE MOST. Life is so funny and which ever way you look at it EVERYBODY on this planet want and search for one thing - TO LOVE ONE AND BE LOVED BACK EQUALLY - yet the majority are wasting their time loving the wrong people who do not love them the same and they in turn loving others who dont love them. Seek ye first the..... and the rest will follow. Many are seeking the wrong things and creating such a web for themselves when the love could be found so easily - sometimes its staring us right in our faces. The Question is are you with the one you are suppose to be with or you are just filling space and time until the right one comes along? Examine this question and answer that to your self.
Ruth Kadiri (screenplay) and Afam Okereke(director) if you are reading this I personally think this movie can easily turn into some sort of continous series, so you and your team should think about it. It ended on a good note but could easily continue. Also you could twist it up a notch where by this time its not just mainly the guys with the issues, but the women with the issues. We dont want the audience to brand you Terry McMillan like you were male bashing any man in this movie with their characters.
THEME: Relationships, Love, Sex, Romance, Heartbreaks, Break Ups, Make Ups, Abuse, Rape, Sex Addiction, Workaholic, Womanizer.
(this is not a movie you can watch with kids, some scenes are not appropriate)
This catch was nothing big and many would not catch it but am a perfectionist and watch everything wtih every lil detail especially movies and this scene they (the movie makers thought they could simply slide in and no one would notice was) in Ladies Gang - when Mirabel (Mercy) was begging Mike (Chigozie) forgiveness - that scene was suppose to be at the ranch - but they showcase the begging scene in Mike Living room. This is how i caught it, So in one scene Mirabel wearing a short green dress - is on her knees begging Mike in his living room, then Mike said "I dont regret going on that vacation" ("that" vacation is past tense meaning they are not at the ranch right? ) - however he goes on to say - let me take u home - and then the scene switches to him pulling Mirabels lil luggage thru the parking lot of the ranch - whereby Jemima is standing at the parking lot to bade her friend (Mirabel) good bye. I scratched my head like wait a minute -Ohhh yall think yall slick huh?. How do you show a scene of Mikes living room one minute and next minute they are at the vacation ranch. The first begging scene between Mirabel & Mike should have simply been shot in their hotel suite, and not Mikes supposed living room with the brown leather sofas. Some of us caught it - am just saying.
Sing Along with me
HE LOVES HER OOHHHH
SHE LOVES HIM
SHE LOVES HIM
BUT HE LOVES HER
NOW WHO IS LOVING WHOOOOO
AND WHO IS DECEIVING WHOOOO
AND WHO IS CHEATING ON WHO!
ITS SO CONFUSING
SEEMS LIKES ITS LOVE
THEY ARE ABUSING
AND EACHHHHH OTHER THEY ARE USING
SEEMS LIKE ITS LOVE
AND ONE ANOTHER OOOOHHHH THEY ARE USING SING
SO STAY , WITH WHO YOU TRULY LOVE
COS TRUE LOVE IS HARD TO FIND (HARD TO FIND)
SO STAY WITH WHO YOU TRULY LOVE
COS IF YOU LOOSE THIS LOVE
YOU MAY NEVER FIND IT AGAINNN - OHHH AGAINNN!!!!!
(MUSIC BY SHELDRACK JOHN)
(Google Blogger - I am getting reallty frustruated with this spacing thingy - ah ah - whats going on - I fix it and take the spaces out and it gives it triple space - Ogini???)