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Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Lagos Cougars



Lagos Cougars - November 2013 - BellaNaija

Director: Desmond Eliot
Screenplay: Bola Aduwo & Emem Isong
Stars: Uche Jombo Rodriguez, Monalisa ChindaDaniella Okeke, Alex Ekubo, Bobby MichaelsDiana Yekini, Benjamin Touitou, Shawn Faqua and Ifeanyi Kalu.

Lagos Cougars tells a story which centers round the lives of three fun seeking ladies in their 40s who decide to have some adventure and date younger guys. Little did they know that they were in for a ride of their lives. Uche Jombo Rodriguez plays Aret the craziest of the three women and a bank manager. Monalisa Chinda plays Elsie a single mother separated from her husband for 6 six years and bringing up her son (Shawn Faqua) alone. And lastly the sexy Daniella Okeke plays Joke a successful fashion designer who claims to be too busy with work and her fianceé to fall for a guy younger than her.

The Script
Bola Aduwo and Emem Isong who have co-written a couple of flicks in the past such as ‘A Minute to Midnite'(1997), ‘Hit & Run'(1998) and ‘For Real’  teamed up again to write the story for Lagos Cougars which is a romantic comedy full of a lot of funny moments.

But that said about the fun, Lagos Cougars is a movie filled with a lot of movie clichés, predictability and not well written dialogues with a couple of blunders. I was basically completing the sentences for some of the characters in many of the scenes. Although it can be understood that it isn’t a serious movie, basically a fun movie which should be viewed for the laughs, it could have been written better.

For the average Nollywood movie viewer though, the story wouldn’t be a problem and he/she would have a nice time seeing the events that unfold in the movie.

The Directing
Fan favorite and African Ben Affleck(Na joke O!), Desmond Elliot responsible for movies such as In The Cupboard, Weekend Getaway(read the review here) and the recently released flick Finding Mercy sits behind the camera and calls the shots for Lagos Cougars.

While I believe that Desmond Elliot is getting better as a director with each passing project, some flaws were still noticed in the sound design; Sound tracks and sound effects were good but the voices were not recorded well. There was also a particular scene in Alex Ekubo’s apartment where he is having a heated argument with Diana Yekini. Alex’s head was cut off through most of the scene which I personally feel shouldn’t be the case in a scene with a lot of emotion going on between two characters. It was too one-sided.

The bad said, the movie did have some good to its credit. The coordination of the fight scene between Benjamin Touitou and Shawn Faqua was really cool. The kiss between Monalisa and Benjamin Touitou got a pass mark and is a lot better than the chewing of lips we get from Nollywood kiss scenes. The lightning was good and  the cinematography was nice.

The Acting
Everyone put up a good acting performance but some never the less stood out. Uche Jombo as always was pretty cool in her role. Monalisa likewise did act well and was very believable. Daniella Okeke wasn’t at her best and could have put up a better performance. She felt stiff and wasn’t very believable, especially in the scene when she steps outside the club and was crying.

Alex Ekubo, I am glad to say has definitely improved as an actor. His facial expressions and relaying of the appropriate emotions at the right point to the audience which have been my capital issues with  him weren’t noticed here and he was definitely the most hilarious of the guys in the movie.

Bobby Michaels, Benjamin Touitou, Ifeanyi Kalu and Diana Yekini were decent in their roles. But most impressive of all was Sean Faqua. That was my act of the movie. Seeing him for the first time in this movie and seeing his interpretation of his role was definitely lovely. I believe he is an act which should be looked out for and I hope he doesn’t fall short.

The Verdict
Lagos Cougars is a typical ‘Nollywood Movie’ and I believe it had its target for Nollywood fans. As for me, a story is everything in a movie and if a story is predictable and cliche ridden, then its not for me. So for the Nollywood lovers, Lagos Cougars is a Popcorn and Hotdog. 

Sodas & Popcorn Rating3

The Ratings
Traffic Popcorn-1/5
Popcorn & Water-2/5
Popcorn & Hotdog-3/5
Popcorn & Soda-4/5
Popcorn, Soda & Hotdog-5/5

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  1. Luv .O.

    December 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Just love the Caption

  2. Ady

    December 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    cant risk buying a ticket or dvd for this movie, I used to respect emem isong she was very good but since her collabos with denziot production and co producing with uche jumbo monalisa and ini edo and desmond she lost it. she hasn’t made any good movie in 5 years. sure this will be crap as others. the cast too not encouraging

    • Felinda1

      December 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Thank You! i will never buy any isong movie again or bbuy ticket to go watch no shyt.
      Emem aint the same anymore, She surely did fck up her brand with the likes of kissig ass to friends like MonaLisa Chinda , Denziot and the rest. I miss the old Emem movies where she collaborates with Lancelot Imaseun. So for this movie i will wait till i watch it for FREE online even if takes 2 yrs. I am not in any rush to see it – NOBODY interesting in the cast. Emem use to be the best and as a woman I as was so proud of her work as a movie maker, but now I dont know. I am feeling some kinda way with her movies for past 4 yrs. I will come back to read all your HONEST reviews. As long as Nigerians are going to kiss up to MEDIOCRITY, I say NO. I am not kissing up to anymore mediocrity as i have been for past 4 yrs watching movies. I am tired of the AVERAGE movies. I only want great movies, not “ok” movies.

    • okk

      December 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      I wish I can triple like this. I miss the emem of 5 years ago. Nowadays, I don’t even bother to watch a movie once I see that it’s written by her because she has become mediocre.

    • Eve82

      December 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Girl you said the truth! The collaborations with Lancelot were the best movies she made. Now her brand has truly fallen. I rmb when I used to buy movies just because her name was there. I wish she can read this.

    • Naveah

      December 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      KPAMMMMMMMMMMM that was the hammer hitting the nail on the head!

    • nene

      December 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm


  3. Thelma

    December 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Lol @ African Ben affleck. Thank God you added na joke o! anyways the movie sounds good. Don’t often go to the movies to watch products of Nollywood but I guess I’ll make an exception for this one….. Just checked online. It’s only showing at 12.50pm on weekdays @ The Palms. I guess I’ll wait till its out on DVD then.

  4. sussy

    December 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Was thinking of watching it. thanks for the review. I will wait for the DVD to be released I think.

  5. Winny

    December 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hmmmm Desmond Elliot African Ben Affleck more like Africa’s shout it loud am black and proud. That’s all he does in every movie.

  6. nene

    December 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    *descent/decent. check ur spelling

  7. divasworld

    December 18, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Daniella cannt act to save her life dunno y dey put her in the movie.

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