This is the sequel to Pascal Amanfo’s Single and Married, in which married men and women plus singles cheat for a variety of reasons: peer pressure, money, sexual discontent, etc.
Single, Married and Complicated is full of humour whilst dealing with very serious issues. The reason it gets commendation is two-fold: one, it is obviously more interesting than the first part – a rare achievement in an industry where sequels usually result from pecuniary interests.
In other words, stories are stretched so that more money can be made from follow-ups, especially for movies whose first parts were well received. Two, it does not look like the two parts were written together. This second installment could have resulted from promptings, owing to the commercial success of the first part. Yet, a lot of thinking went into the screenplay.
Alexx Ekubo’s character (whose name now escapes me) arrives Jake (Chris Attoh) and Kim’s (Yvonne Nelson) house, upsetting Jake, who believes that the guy is his wife’s former boyfriend. Vida, the lady who was cheating on her husband in part one, is now divorced; but is living with a jobless young man, whom she fends for. Charles (John Dumelo) and Trish, his wife, hardly make love.
Jake gets his just desserts for trailing his wife and her suspected lover. He is deceived by his gardener and beaten up by Alexx Ekubo’s character when he engages the latter in a boxing match.
Wonder why a man should be too timid to maturely discuss his reservations with his wife.
The funniest subplot is the one, which features Charles (Dumelo) and his dramatic wife, Trish. Trish makes him dress up in different costumes in a bid to get him in the mood for sex.
Charles enjoys sexual intercourse with Trish on a night she does not pressure him with costumes and hyperactivity.
The screenplay, also written by Amanfo, has a couple of grammatical errors and Amanfo does not seem to know that some words he so freely uses in the dialogue are swear and taboo words!!!
Jake’s partner asks him, ‘Are you in the bathroom, taking a ‘shit’?’
Jake’s colleagues scream ‘fuck’ simultaneously in exclamation!
Trish says, ‘I want to get fucked.’
Andy uses ‘booty’ to describe a woman’s buttocks.
Film-making is a collaborative art. So, why is it that the cast and the other crew do not point out the mistakes made by the screenwriter, especially in the dialogue?
Kim tells her husband, ‘Your mind cannot think of a man around me as nothing, but platonic.’ ‘… as nothing, but sexual …’ would have better conveyed the meaning she intended. Vida tells her lover’s ‘sister’, ‘Wipe that tears.’ (instead of those)
Then, Charles and Trish’s sex scene is not realistic. We see them disembark from each other; still breathing rapidly whilst dressed in shorts and swimsuit.
They do not even readjust their clothes to show that they did not remove the clothes, but just adjusted them to have sex. And husband and wife want us to believe that they just ‘enjoyed’ a penetrative sexual session!
Despite these shortcomings, a lot of laughter awaits you in Single, Married and Complicated.
Reviewed by Amarachukwu Iwuala.