“I knew that men were dogs, all of them” is the phrase which currently has South African women planning date nights and hangouts with their BFFs. Courtesy of Bona Magazine, a special screening of Mrs Right Guy was held at The Zone in Rosebank. Naturally, to the delight of those attending, there was a chit chat with with leading man, Thapelo Mokoena.
Produced by Cati Weinek, Khethiwe Ngcobo, Dumi Gumbi and Mokopi Shale, the film boasts various media pre-screenings, though only set to hit SA cinemas on 03 June, with sneak peek screenings on 27 and 28 May.
Director Adze Ugah carved a relatable story that juxtaposes two different worlds; the glamorous and not so glamorous lives of city dwellers. Dineo Moeketsi plays Gugu Hlatshwayo, an over-achiever whose rich husband up and left her with nothing. She then falls into the arms of rich and charismatic Dumile (who’s also her boss), played by Mokoena. In all of this, she neglects loving social entrepreneur, Joe, played by Lehasa Moloi.
The plot that tests Gugu until she crumbles, ends where Gugu must choose what matters most; money at the expense of happiness, or happiness?
Years ago, the choice would have been fairly easy because films always took binary pathways where good VS bad is concerned. Yet, dynamic views of those who watched the film proves that interpretations of love, happiness and success are changing.
“Yes, the guy who is not wealthy has love and all, but the bottom line is that Joburg life is all about the glitz and glam; women want you to have it all in order for you to be datable,” Sentle argued, just after the movie.
“Most women would go for the money,” he added. Some women around the same table shared their own findings about the film, one of which was Lelethu Dlabantu.
“First of all – I’d love to punch Thapelo in the face,” she laughed. “I have never been happy, angry and sad all at the same time; I’d recommend this movie for all the ladies out there to see it,” she added.
It’s important to fill up the cinemas in support of the fact that South Africa is finally latching on to the big industry that is Romcoms and in this, we are redefining love to be from the perspective of modern African women. In fact, the film dares asks every contemporary black woman about her priorities, notwithstanding the fact that she still wants to thrive in the corporate world. To an extent, it’s several questions to unpack; are you carrying the baggage of past relationships? are you substituting work for love? or are you too chicken for love?
In this exciting journey of our film industry, there is more to be done and a lot to be unlearned, but we have to start somewhere, right?