There are some movies you just have to see more than once. You know; to have a clearer view and understanding. Movies that you thought was the best some decades ago, will probably disappoint and leave you wondering however you managed to enjoy them and actually get excited.
So I sat through an excruciating one hour, fifty-seven minutes of pain watching one of Nollywood’s classics- Glamour Girls. From the stables of Nek Video Links Production, produced by Kenneth Nnebue; the star-studded flick was directed by Chika Onukwufor. So I was a bit excited to finally see the movie again since it had been ages, to say the truth I had forgotten the plot and was hoping to see something that will blow me to smithereens but alas that wasn’t the story. All those stars in one “blockbuster”, (I think that was what we believed it to be at the time) and only a handful were able to deliver exceptionally wonderful performance. With the likes of Gloria Alozie (now Gloria Young), Ngozi Ezeonu, Bimbo Manuel, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Peter Bunor, Liz Benson, Ignis Ekwe and a host of others, one would have expected top notch action but only a few managed to bring it on.
Glamour Girls depicted the lives of society’s big girls or ‘Senior Girls as they prefer to be called, mostly in their mid-thirties; how they climbed the social ladder by bedding the high and mighty in the country. They would do anything to make life comfortable and live in affluence but with the assistance of “Alhajis and Chiefs” who asks nothing but pleasure unlimited. As the name implies, these ladies lived in glamour and splendor of the times, driving expensive cars, traveling around the world and basically “living the life”. Okay, so that’s the gist. However, there are quite a few things that didn’t quite sit well with me.
First of all, I’d like to state that the opening scene for me was sort of a buzz kill. You start a scene by taking someone you met on your doorstep to a friend she claims she knows, a complete stranger. I’d have thought you’d confirm first from your friend before taking such liberty.
Gloria Alozie played Doris in the movie, a thirty-something-year-old lady who made a good life for herself, sleeping with rich middle aged men who foot her every bill. She was able to get her claws on a young man (Ernest Obi), in his twenties who was head over heels for her. They got married amidst strong reservations by friends and family and after marriage, he automatically became a houseboy. Practically doing the house chores including washing her undies. She subjected him to all manner of humiliation simply because she’s older and has loads of bucks to throw at him. Doris is a strong character, she exudes poise and confidence. Her falling out with Sandra (a friend from her University days who she brought down to Lagos and introduced to ‘the league of the senior girls’) was totally unnecessary. She could’ve avoided the issue but she didn’t, made it known that deep down she was sort of jealous. A go-getter she is who lets nothing stand in her way. Her appetite for handsome young men is insatiable, leading her to sleep with Dennis, thus causing the rift between her and Sandra. I must confess that I admire the character, strong willed and undaunted.
Sandra messed up her life by falling for Dennis (Pat Attah), after promising herself to stick with Chief Esiri (Peter Bunor) who raised her to the status of a senior girl. In the end, Dennis absconded with her two million naira to America after persuading her to leave chief. She was devasted. Okay this part got me thinking, what did she think would’ve happened, they get married and live happily ever after? She was cautioned severely by friends but she followed ‘love’ and ended up ‘lovelorn’.
With an almost excellent performance, Liz Benson pulled off the character Jane so well. Too well if you ask me. The character just exposes the gullibility in women and how they are easily swayed with boyish charm and sweet talk. Jane was pulled off the streets by Desmond (played by Sola) and despite her not so fantastic past he married her. Desmond had an accident and was bedridden, he was severely injured. Due to the fact that he wasn’t around, Jane let her guard down. She allowed herself to be sweet talked by a British speaking Naija fine boy, who pumped her eardrums with lies of plans of becoming the next Nigerian president. He painted the perfect picture, said he lived in the states and is close friends with the US president. He convinced her to divorce her husband and sell off the goods in her supermarket, also convince her husband to sign the release of a huge sum in the joint account they both manage, all in the bid to travel to the states to get married and start a new life. Now, this got me thinking, how on earth did she miss it? The signs were crystal clear. I mean, she never saw him with any political bigwig, always talking big numbers on the phone with nothing really to show for it, the whole thing was a big scam and she walked right into it. Yes, she was able to track him down and kill him, but she had lost her husband’s trust, happiness, and wealth, abandoning him to his fate.
Another character that was everywhere, Helen. She was a professional sex worker who steals and uses blackmail to extort money from her clients. I’m really not sure about her relevance to the plot but I think more will be revealed in the sequel.
Glamour Girls had so many wrongs and very few rights. From draggy and in some cases uninteresting dialogues to poor soundtrack laced with noise from the ambience and not forgetting terrible effects (the gun wound to the head). However, the film provides an overview, furnishing viewers on insights of the way women struggle to keep ahead in life; in their pursuit of wealth, happiness, and love.
- Credits – Mikky Anyangbeso