Starring: Belinda Effah, Daniel K. Daniel, Bucci Franklin
Synopsis: A young woman seeking a privileged life breaks up with her complacent boyfriend and dates the man of her dreams but their relationship is threatened thanks to ties to her ex-boyfriend.
Bambi and Frank had a tumultuous relationship. The heart of the matter is that he genuinely loved her but she was never quite satisfied with him. He was financially challenged and she believed he wasnâ€™t aggressive enough in regard to his career. After numerous arguments she split with him and he was heartbroken.
Soon after, Bambi met Jerry, a successful, young, man that ran his own business. They became an item fairly quickly but on the day he popped the question, Bambi realized she was pregnant for her ex.
Letâ€™s Talk. Vroom. Vroom. Thatâ€™s the sound of a revving minivan reluctantly trekking up the hill on Soap Opera Lane. I mean must we go there? â€œAs the World Churnsâ€ anybody? â€œThe Black & the Beautiful?â€ Everything about this movie was clichÃ© and predictable. We even had our own â€œErica Kaneâ€ portrayed as â€œFunmi Coker.â€
Itâ€™s the good â€˜ol common theme where girl meets boy, girl and boy split, and then boy and girl rekindle the relationship. Our leading lady, Bambi, had the choice of a poor guy or a rich one and of course, she chose wealth.
The problem with the story is that Bambi was supposed to an ambitious woman yet she wasnâ€™t seen working at anything other than manipulation. Jerry magically landed in her lap, no social climbing necessary, and he became the fruit of her nonexistent labor.
The relationship between Bambi and Jerry was rushed and unmoving. He was wealthy and in love with her and they became engaged before she ever set foot in his home. How could a woman be engaged to a man and she doesnâ€™t know where he lives? As for Jerry, he was just too perfect and the soap opera minivan should have just ran him over. Oh wait, he did have one flaw â€“ he was a mamaâ€™s boyâ€¦but whatever. Screech!!
As for story, there were a few details that were a bit far out. 1) Frank told Bambi that she was pregnant, not the other way around. She could have denied it so why didnâ€™t she? He had no proof other than gut instinct. 2) Did Bambi really drink champagne while she was pregnant? 3) Bambi and Jerryâ€™s exes teamed up to be stalkers? How silly.
Another thing that I noticed was that Bambi wore her natural hair when she dated the poor guy but when she met the wealthy one she suddenly had long and luxurious hair. Unbeweaveable.Â
The movie implies that a woman desiring a rich man can now be described as ambitious. Puhleeze. If a woman wants success based on her own merit then fine but that wasnâ€™t the story. â€œBambitious?â€ Maybe a more suitable title would have been â€œGoldDiggerLicious.â€ Â Â Just kidding, folks.
Itâ€™s interesting that some women donâ€™t want broke men but broke women expect rich men to want them. Only a successful woman has the right to demand a prominent man. Itâ€™s baffling to listen to what we call â€œchicken headâ€ women voicing their never-ending requirements for a potential mate which, leads me to our next topicâ€¦
The broke dude. What are we going to do with them? Sometimes, theyâ€™re the best lovers, and they make the best friends, but just donâ€™t ask them to pay for anything. Is it about wealth or potential? Yes, potential canâ€™t pay the bills but what if Michelle didnâ€™t believe in Barack when they were a young couple?
Performances? No complaints. The actors were believable and displayed quite a bit of emotion that actually elevated the script.
With respect to the movie, it gives us permission to push ourselves in order to obtain our goals but overall the story was flat and formulaic.EJECT Â