Bursting Out – 2010
Story – Emem Isong
Screenplay – Bola Aduwo, Uduak Isong Oguamanam
Director – Desmond Elliot, Daniel Ademinokan
Producer – Emem Isong
Genevieve Nnaji – Zara Williams
Majid Michel – Tyrone
Susan Peters – Ibiere
Omoni Oboli – Ini
Nse Ikpi Etim – Tina
Ime Bishop Imoh – Daniel
NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 76%
Genevieve Nnaji plays Zara Williams a hard nosed workaholic who is always single because she is too busy for love. Her friends are determined to find her a man and set her up with a guy played by Desmond Elliot, a self centred arrogant bore who they deceive her into having dinner with. After this failed attempted she swears herself off dating men her friends set her up with however ends up turning to them in desperation after needed a date for a work Valentines Ball. She goes to the ball with Tony, played by Majid Michel but everything is not what it appears to be.
I love love loooooove Majid and Genny together. They have amazing chemistry and make a wholly believable couple. Susan Peters is so underrated. I love watching her, especially in comic roles like this one. I heard her once referred to as a Nigerian Paris Hilton *wink wink Jinx* but I must say she holds more value for me than a Paris Hilton. Bishop Imoh was great, he always brings the comedy. Omoni and Nse were great as the meddling girlfriends. The movie was well casted.
It was funny how Zara’s friends Ini and Tina are piling on so much pressure for her to find a man when Ini barely even see her husbandSeeing her husband does not bother her because her primary concern is simply being married because of society’s dictates. The emphasis is very much on the fact that in Africa a woman of a certain age must be married. When Zara points out to her the fact that she never sees this husband she retorts,
“Talk to the bling cos the ears don’t hear you right now.”
She also emphasises the fact the a husbands wealth is of the utmost importance, telling Zara,
“Look at my husband I barely see him but who cares? As long as I see his cash. I have his name I’m happy, society is happy.”
What does marriage really mean in African society? And are women getting married because they have met someone that they want to build a life with or they marrying anyone that looks good on paper simply to be called a mrs regardless of the consequences.
My Favourite Scene
Majids Psycho ex girlfriend played by Susan Peter turns on him and lets him have it. I even had to rewind it that’s how good Susan Peters was with her razzness,
“Is it because I have been playing with you, is it because I have been doing Ajebutter for you? You’re not even happy that a girl like me; sexy girl like this (does the obligatory turn around) following this pau-per (of course she points up and down at him in disgust) like you. You want to follow rich girl abi?”
Nollywood Forever Says What?
Why do not even Zara’s friend know how to pronounce her name and call her something different each time? Even her staff are calling her Sara! SAY WHAT? Her friends call her Zara and Sara interchangeably.
Tina took it too far at the dinner table with Tyrone and Zara when she refused to even acknowledge Tyrone’s presence. SAY WHAT? How rude is that? They harassed her to get a man, she got a man and then they have issues with his financial status. There is no pleasing some people.
In conclusion I would recommend the movie. It was solidly good and well worth watching, however I was a little disappointed because it the storyline was so ordinary and nothing different to what we have seen countless times before. I think that perhaps I was expecting too much, and it just didn’t live up to the hype, however the picture quality and sound were excellent, acting was great and in general the movie was well executed.