African – Nigerian Movie Review
Too Much (Also called Two Much) ~ 2010
Story – Ikechukwu Onyeka
Screenplay – Ubong Bassey Nya
Director – Daniel Ademinokan
Producers – Daniel Ademinokan & Desmond Elliot
Actors and Actresses Starring:
Sana Kanu – Sonia
Ngozi Ezeonu – Susan
Kizzy Kanu – Tanya
Nonso Diobi – Richard
Uche Jombo – Phina
Seun Akindele – Roland
Saidi Balogun – Bola
Arinze Okonkwo – Barrister
Ben Nwosu – Udenwa
David McKezie – Ejike
Stephen Okoye – Inspector
Daniel Ademinokan – Emeka
Doris Simeon – Julia
Stereotypes of African Americans
Nollywoodforever.com Rating – 55%
Tanya and Sonia are sisters, played by real life sisters Sana and Kizzy Kanu. Their father dies and they return to Nigeria to handle family business and attend his burial after having lived most of their lives in the United States of America. As soon as they arrive back they give their Aunt Susan with whom they are staying hell. They are rude and obnoxious and this behaviour is turned up even more when they find out that their aunt is going to be in charge of their inheritance until they turn 25.
The Opening Scene
We see Sana receive a phone call, while she is out shopping with friends where she is told that her father has just died in a plane crash. She is sobbing and tells her friend, “My father has just died.” What does this imbecile reply to her? “Are you ok?” What a bloody idiot. How does someone tell you that their father just died and you ask them that? She should have got a red hot dirty slap for that one. Later on we find out that the mother and father have died in the same accident. It seems strange that she would only mention her father dying.
Stereotypes Run Riot
We see the same old thing here. Popular stereotypes of African Americans and Africans in America are reinforced. Kids raised in America apparently come back to their homelands and they are manner less, drink, smoke, are promiscuous and totally immoral. As soon as the girls reach their Aunt Susan’s house they comment on her weight and how old she looks as well as dropping her bags for her to haul as if she is their personal slave. Come on now who would be acting so ungrateful and obnoxious on your FIRST NIGHT? I thought the character development for the girls was poor.
Whoever is coming up with these boring, one dimensional, underdeveloped stories let me tell you something. WE ARE SICK OF IT. Do they not realise that a lot of people in the Diaspora watch these movies and CANNOT RELATE to the nonsensical idea that the west is corrupting to everyone of an African background. Can you imagine these girls touch down in Naija and put on their most revealing clothes and want to go clubbing by themselves. They don’t even ask their aunt or inform her. The whole thing seemed over the top to me, especially for the first night.
There is another scene were the two sisters are sitting outside the house drinking from glasses of wine. Susan gasps and tells them,
“Look at what foreign culture has done to you. Your parents must be tossing and turning in anguish right now.”
Even if they were hardcore party girls it does not make sense that they would be home because of their father’s death and not even comfort their aunt or grieve with her, particularly as it seemed that she really did care about them and their best interests.. The whole scenario wasn’t well thought about, even hardcore party girls have feelings and standards of behaviour. These girls leave the house in the middle of the night (separately and not even together) and go driving around the city looking for a club, not even knowing where they are going. On what planet does this make sense? How did they even find the keys to the cars (plural) when they just got there? Come on now!
The Kanu Sisters
The older Kanu sister Kizzy Kanu does not to be in any other movie. It was really quite painful watching her. Her acting was over the top and cringeworthy. Because someone in your family can act does not mean that you can too. And trust me this is the case here. Sana Kanu was good but her sister? BIG THUMBS DOWN. I got the feeling that the girls were just put in the movie to give the male viewers some titillation. They have banging bodies and they showcased them in the tightest shortest gear possible.
The dialogue was sometimes awkward and unnatural. Case in point where Sonya meets Richard outside her father’s funeral and starts seducing him with the opening line,
“You are so so handsome. I love your physical attributes.”
REALLY THOUGH? It didn’t even come over. You are outside your father’s funeral in full view of the service and you are sexing some random guy you just picked up with one cheesy line. The execution was poor. Of course somewhere this could happen. It is a possibility but in this movie it just was not even believable AT ALL.
Sexism and the Single woman in African Society
There is a scene where Roland tells Tanya,
“Why don’t you find yourself a decent man… You will be helping yourself maintain the level headedness required to manage this huge inheritace.”
HUH? I just had to shake my head. So a woman cannot be level-headed? It is always the case in African movies that a single woman equals slut and a REFUSAL to marry as opposed to having not met the right guy.
There is resentment from the village elders that the daughters of “their nephew” have not been to Nigeria for a long time. One states,
“I almost forgot that Udugo had children. Why wouldn’t one forget that Udugo had children when all of them have been left in the white man’s land for all his time… when was the last time our nephew brought his own daughters for an ordinary visit?”
The elders go away when they are left nothing in the will. One screaming,
“Udugo may your spirit never rest in peace. How could you be so wicked? Look at this boy. I told you he is very wicked.”
Haba! If he is so wicked why were you there at his will reading with your long hand? These elders never had anything good to say about Udugo and even on hearing about his death their primary interest was in his finances. Karma is indeed a BYAAARTCH Aunt Susan lets it be known that being left out of the will serves them right and reminds them about how she and her brother were left bereft by them when their father died. She tells them, “You cannot reap where you did not sow”
Nollywood Forever Says What?
How did the sisters bump into each other on that first night when they both left the house separately? Neither knew where they were going yet they manage to randomly bump into each other in the middle of the night. SAY WHAT?
How did Sonia take Richard shopping and they bought half the shop, only to come out with 4 medium sized bags? Even just the shoes they bought alone wouldn’t have fit into those bags.
I would recommend this movie as it did get more enjoyable as it went on. The picture and sound were good and it was certainly watchable but the ending felt rushed and character development poor. The cast were mostly great and I am especially impressed with Seun Akindele. This film was being promoted in 2008 and it is only now that it is being released. I remember there was big hype at the time. I thought that I was going to be blown away with both Daniel Ademinokan and Desmond Elliot on board, but t’was not meant to be. It was mediocre at best.