Movie Review of 30 Days in Atlanta

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30 Days in Atlanta
30 Days in Atlanta

The film was well received by the general audience, but was met with mixed to negative critical reviews. Most critics note that the comedy in the film is filled with cliches and stereotypes, and that the film seems like a remake of Osuofia in London (2003), the Jenifa franchise, or a hybrid of both.

The Daily Independent comments that the comedy in the film is filled with clichés and stereotypes, but a proper story eventually emerge. It concludes that “he [Ayo Makun] has sent a strong message with this effort that a good quality comedy film can be made”. Wilfred Okiche of YNaija cited that the film has “filmmaking errors and production glitches”, but admits to the film being funny. He says Ayo Makun isn’t “a rounded actor”, calls the film an hybrid of Osuofia in London (2003) and The Return of Jenifa (2011), and concludes: “…there is no single, continuous plot but a series of sketches and happenstances cobbled together to make up a movie. The pacing moves breezingly [sic] enough to obscure the lack of a substantial story but it does little to hide the deficiency with continuity as the scenes just clash noisily into the other.

The jokes are gold – though failing unsurprisingly only when AY attempts stand up. 30 Days in Atlanta is funny, but poorly made”. Today’s Woman magazine gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, commenting: “The beginning scenes were cliche, predictable and reminded me a little too much of Osuofia in London. However, once we passed this phase, the movie was in actual fact hilarious. Babatunde Lasaki on 360Nobs gave 6 out of 10 stars and comments: “A usual story retold in an unusually funny manner. Definitely not a contender for innovation or ingenuity, but I will say a comic relief from the many bland productions of 2014. 30 Days in Atlanta is a fine movie, not a MUST see, but definitely worth two hours of comedic fun. Obehi Bassey of True Nollywood Stories states that Ayo Makun’s acting skills is non-existent, says the film is needlessly dragged, but concludes: “30 days in Atlanta remains a movie worth seeing

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Release Date: 31 October 2014

Director: Robert Peters

Cast

Ayo Makun as Akpors
Ramsey Nouah as Richard
Richard Mofe Damijo as Odiye
Desmond Elliot as Okiemute (Special appearance)
Vivica A. Fox as Wilson’s wife
Lynn Whitfield as Clara
Karlie Redd as Kimberly
Majid Michel as MC (Special appearance)
Omoni Oboli
Kesse Jabari
Racheal Oniga as Richard’s mum
Mercy Johnson as Esse
Ada Ameh as Akpors Mum
Yemi Blaq
Juliet Ibrahim