“Is it ok to do bad things for good reasons?” That’s the premise of this broad comedy-drama. Just Not Married tells the story of Duke (Stan Nze), a promising undergraduate determined to do whatever it takes to see his mum live, and to get his family out of poverty. To do this, he enlists the help of his mechanic best friend, Lati (Rotimi Salami) and Lati’s one-time ghetto lover, Keji (Judith Audu). Together, they uncover and successfully carry out a new page in the familiar book of car theft: break in, disguise the plate numbers with “Just Married” plates and dress the part of newly weds returning from their wedding ceremony. The trio however find that they are in over their heads when they get in bed with criminal mastermind YJ. That doesn’t stop them however from wanting the classic “one last” operation.
The movie doesn’t waste your time with wide end shots that add nothing to the story. Although loose ends do appear in some of the dialogue, the bulk of the writing is good. Stan Nze as Duke is pitch perfect, and he has a perfectly suited right-hand man in Rotimi Salami’s Lati. Although he occasionally falters, he never has you wondering why he stands side by side an emerging Nze as the story’s protagonist. Together they are a lovely portrait of friendship in the midst of chaos.
Judith Audu’s Keji sometimes does too much acting with too little conviction, but ... Read Full Review