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blackpearl

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Jenifa 2: The village girl returns

By Agency Reporter

Screenplay: Taiwo Bello, Funke Akindele

As far as movies in 2008 were concerned, one character that many movie buffs may not forget in a hurry is Jenifa. The bush girl from Aiyetoro turned school big girl wannabe has gimmicked her way into the hearts of many a movie lover that the sequel of the movie that came out earlier in the year practically flew off the shelves upon release. Indeed Funke Akindele's character in the movie also titled Jenifa has solidified her A-list status and gained her more popularity even outside the Yoruba film circles, and has even taught its Nollywood counterparts a lesson or two in how to make movies in two parts and make even more money. Â

Without wasting any time, Jenifa 2 picks up from where its first part ended; a party at a night club had mysteriously turned into a ritual den with the party girls as sacrifices to the gods of money. There is confusion as the girls scamper for safety, some of them are killed by yellow skirt-wearing marauder (incidentally the party dress code) while some are chased into a forest that seems to have appeared from nowhere. Fortunately, Jenifa and her friends live to tell the tale and vow to stop their girl-about-town ways. But like a leopard that never sheds its spots, Jenifa is back the following semester 'selling her wares' and plotting new schemes to become the school's ultimate "bigs gal"(big girl).Â

She soon falls into trouble again after she steals some dollars from one of her boyfriends; the said dollars is supposed to bankroll her "twenty wan baiday parry"(twenty one birthday party) and cement her big girl status, but alas, she ends up at the Police Station on the big night but soon seduces her way out of trouble.Â

Soon things start to take a turn as our favourite Aiyetoro citizen gets expelled from school, decides to go back to her village, but like a big fish in a small pond, Jenifa realises the big city is the only way for a bubbling babe like her. Â

Jenifa 2 also chronicles the adventures of her two cohorts - Tracy (Mosunmola Filani) and Becky (Ronke Odusanya). While Becky continues her ways and ends up in the big leagues, Tracy decides to give up the life, but the past, as they say, has a nasty way of creeping up to the present. Â

The Muhydeen-Ayinde directed picture soon veers off its comic lane and attempts a bit of romance with Tracy 's two attempts at love, and even tries to inculcate Becky's domineering of one of her aristoes (Jide Kosoko). It's Funke Akindele's show all the way and when she's not on screen, she is sorely missed and even while they fail to entertain, the two other subplots come off as mere fillers. The scenes involving Becky's aristo are far from engaging, while the ones with Tracy are at best predictable.

True, Akindele's performance is one that stands out. The movie, not exactly an original concept hinges totally on her performance, although sometimes she goes either overboard with the bush girl accent, merely throwing the letter 's' within each word she pronounces, a few times she sneaks in a couple of perfectly pronounced words. But when she hits her mark, she is an absolute delight to watch. Her comical skills are not in doubt, and it is on this that the movie is built. A classic example is the scene where Becky tries to introduce her to anal sex, the naivety in her reaction was unintentionally hilarious.

The circumstances behind Jenifa's expulsion was rather not well thought out, she was expelled after facing a disciplinary panel for examination malpractice. Meanwhile, a girl who brought a handout to the examination hall was given a year's suspension. The whole scene, about five minutes long left so much more to be desired: True that in a Yoruba movie, all actors must speak the language, but a disciplinary committee speaking Yoruba? If the formal scene were to have been done in English, it would have accentuated her incompetence with the language and probably the faulty educational system that admitted her into the university. Â

The months between them notwithstanding, Jenifa 1 and 2 are movies that could have been wrapped into one hilarious yet message-soaked movie, if it were to be stripped of a number of scenes irrelevant to the plot. Overall, the family comedy scores some points for attempting to infuse a message into Funke Akindele's solid comic performance.

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Mr. Naijarules!
#83
Great movie!

Wow! What a delight! Where do I begin?! I really enjoyed this movie! Funke Akindele is so brilliant!! She threw herself right into her charcter! Kudos to her!

I honestly have not felt this excited about a Nigerian movie in years. I love how Funke made sure that Jennifa's character despite her "unpolished ways and background" had clout and could hold her own. Throughout the movie, the core of her character never really changed: Suliat still lived in Jennifa despite the transition from the superficiality of "campus life" back to the harsh realities of the village. This I found amazing, as the typical Nolly "campus" flick would have completly obliterated the village girl in the main character and replaced her with a "city" girl, who the audience would not have been able to identify with. Again kudos to Funke again for providing consistency to the character of Jenifa.

This movie has raw humour! Yes! The kind of humour that makes one PAUSE the movie and fall off their couch, laughing away hysterically!! What a joy!:action-sm

I'll give it an 8/10 due to the slightly rushed conclusion of the movie and a couple unnecessary scenes. BUT despite all that, every home needs this movie. It is refreshening and it reminds one of those days when we watched our movies and felt something. When we laughed with the characters, laughed at them- felt their inadequacies and nostalgia. That is acting: acting that is so scarce these days.

Funke Akindele, keep up the good work! This is how it should be done!! Jenifa rocks!;)
 

chi

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#85
Alright, alright, I have to throw in my own two pence and be honest about it: first of all, its an aristo movie. Second of all, while Funke did a good job being a bush JJC - and some of her antics were really funny! - once she blended in, the humor ended, and it became even more of an aristo movie. I think you can guess from all this that I am not a fan of aristo movies, so I am not as excited as y'all are. I actually think that Modupe Temi was much better even in terms of the humour - I laughed much harder.


So I did not really like this one. Funke was funny - for a while - after which I started to find the whole aristo thing tiresome!!

Just my own opinion.
i quite agree with you about the aristo thing .... I saw the movie as a repetition of what we have seen in the many english movies.... but this time translated in the Yoruba version ....

nevertheless I still enjoyed it .... i liked the performance put up by funke and the other cast .... much so .....the language also gave it a flavor ... that held me watching the movie to the end
 

peculiar

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Wow! What a delight! Where do I begin?! I really enjoyed this movie! Funke Akindele is so brilliant!! She threw herself right into her charcter! Kudos to her!

I honestly have not felt this excited about a Nigerian movie in years. I love how Funke made sure that Jennifa's character despite her "unpolished ways and background" had clout and could hold her own. Throughout the movie, the core of her character never really changed: Suliat still lived in Jennifa despite the transition from the superficiality of "campus life" back to the harsh realities of the village. This I found amazing, as the typical Nolly "campus" flick would have completly obliterated the village girl in the main character and replaced her with a "city" girl, who the audience would not have been able to identify with. Again kudos to Funke again for providing consistency to the character of Jenifa.

This movie has raw humour! Yes! The kind of humour that makes one PAUSE the movie and fall off their couch, laughing away hysterically!! What a joy!:action-sm

I'll give it an 8/10 due to the slightly rushed conclusion of the movie and a couple unnecessary scenes. BUT despite all that, every home needs this movie. It is refreshening and it reminds one of those days when we watched our movies and felt something. When we laughed with the characters, laughed at them- felt their inadequacies and nostalgia. That is acting: acting that is so scarce these days.

Funke Akindele, keep up the good work! This is how it should be done!! Jenifa rocks!;)
:)
 

blackpearl

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#91
MEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen
this girl don yama finishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
HEO! The scene with BABAT ...ask me who sent me to watch this movie at work!!

:roll
 

peculiar

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#95
Pecu, funke has finished me :excite
Oh lawddd....she started singing and the dude just switched the channel...her facial expression alone is priceless!! :roll
That scene , especially when she started singing is priceless for real! She looked so serious but having fun at the same time...I watched it with my cuz and she had to run to the bathroom from laughing so hard! :lol

Classic classic scene!sweat:


Stop watching at work if you love yourself! :bouncy
 

blackpearl

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#96
That scene , especially when she started singing is priceless for real! She looked so serious but having fun at the same time...I watched it with my cuz and she had to run to the bathroom from laughing so hard! :lol

Classic classic scene!sweat:


Stop watching at work if you love yourself! :bouncy

That scene almost opened my yansh!!!
And the crazy me went back to see it again!! :happy024:
Am telling you her facial expression is priceless!!
 

mealone

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#98
when she was leaving her friend's house, she was telling the friend

"teksi, make suo kpe o wa si parry yun o, koo ba n mu babaT naa wa, alrite aa ma see-saw, see yah,cash yah leera"
 

peculiar

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when she was leaving her friend's house, she was telling the friend

"selsi, make suo kpe o wa si parry yun o, koo ba n mu babaT naa wa, alrite aa ma see-saw, see yah,cash yah leera"
:happy024: Don't kill me o! Mealone!!! :happy024: Yeah she did! And her friend's name was "Tessy" by the way (i think) but Jenifa pronounces it "Teksi!" :happy024:
 
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