Play Network Studios which was founded by Charles Okpaleke has debuted about four films this year. Their latest one is a reboot of the 1994 classic Glamour Girls. The movie premiered on Netflix on June 24.
Following the premiere, fans and movie critics have been giving some positive and many “not so positive” reviews and it has stirred up arguments about if the movie has lived up to the hype or not.
The movie featured Sharon Ooja as Emma and Nse Ikpe-Etim as Donna, they were the main protagonists. The movie centers around “high-class” prostitutes being prostitutes and “low-class” ones also being prostitutes but barely thriving in the endeavor.
It was produced by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Skinny Girl In Transit producer, Abimbola Craig.
With this excellent duo, it only makes sense that fans would get a masterpiece when the movie eventually drops.
However, there was a lot of dissatisfaction lingering around with fans, disappointed that the movie didn’t “give what it was supposed to give”.
The first scene of the movie shows Emma (Sharon Ooja) working in a strip club as a stripper.
The next scene shows one of the client’s bodyguards accusing her of stealing his boss’s ring.
Sharon was portrayed to be the main character, up until they showed the first scene with Donna (Nse Ikpe-Etim) which presented a stand-over character.
The story looked all over the place with poor character development. They focused so much on glamorous outfits, expensive wigs, luxury cars, flamboyant makeup, and fake bodies.
However, you can look at it from the point of view of the original film which premiered in 1994, did not really have a main character, and had its fair share of glamour.
The story wanted to have a little bit of everything, which latter on became overbearing, hence, the backlash.
Some other characters in the movie include:
Louise (Played by Toke Makinwa) who is another prostitute in Donna’s circle who also runs a boutique.
She was living a double life with her America-based husband Aaron (Uzor Arukwe) unaware of her shenanigans.
Jemma (played by Joselyn Dumas) was Donna’s old friend who was cast out for breaking a golden rule “Never give your love for free; the second you do it, it’s game over”.
After running into financial problems, Donna advised Jemma to return to prostitution in return for money, but she turned her down. Jemma eventually gave in after she ran out of options.
There was also an issue with the sound quality of the movie. They could have focused on giving quality sound to the viewers rather than giving the majority of the film’s budget to luxury expenditures.
This movie wasn’t a hot mess, but it was. For people that want to watch it for the first time, don’t be discouraged, at least it gets an E for effort.