Movie Review: The Real Side Chicks
Director: Chris Eneaji
Screenplay: Rita C. Onwurah
Cast: Bimbo Ademoye, Desmond Elliot, Seun Akindele, Chelsea Eze, Daniel Lloyd, Efe Irele, Emem Ufot, Sly Monay, Rekiya Yusuf
Where to watch: iRoko TV
Let us get a clear definition of a side chick before we go further. There are a few definitions online, and the one that best captures the idea of our discussion here is that a Side Chick is the other woman; also known as the mistress; a female that is neither a male’s wife nor girlfriend but who has relations with the male while he is in another relationship. The name side chick reeks of female-shaming.
The Real Side Chicks starts with a fresh plot and new definitions of a side chick. Three women offer us these definitions as we progress through the film. First is Idowu (Bimbo Ademoye) who represents the regular stereotyped materialistic female. She does not have a job, but delights in dating older, richer men that will buy her expensive bags and other flimsy things that films make us believe that women like. In this situation, Kola (Desmond Elliot) is her older lover. She knows he has a wife but she does not care.
Amelia (Chelsea Eze) is the next woman; she is hard working and accomplished to a reasonable level. However, she is facing pressure from her mother to settle down. While she has a relationship with Segun (Seun Akindele) he is not ready to settle down yet. What she does not know is that he has something to hide.
The third side chick is Keke (Efe Iriele) she is the most predictable side chick. She has a best friend (Raymond) they are in love but nobody is speaking up, and so she watches him get engaged to another woman and hopes to find her own relationship.
Through the lives of these characters, Rita Onwurah offers us different definitions of a side chick. The build up to her story and the exploration through the lives of these characters offer pleasurable viewing. While the characters of Amelia and Idowu are not new characters to Nollywood (we have seen same characters in other films), Rita still gives us a fresh insight into the lives of these women. The only predictability to this story is reflected through Keke and Raymond’s relationship, from the first scene, the changes in the lives of these characters is expected and we watch our expectations unfold.
Chris Eneaji combines an intriguing trio to bring the story to life and on every level, each of the actors offers new and refreshing perspectives on a topic that we don’t mind talking about even though it is quite shallow. Bimbo Ademoye is the star here, in a particular scene she offers delightful acting when she threatens the wife of her lover, and while there is no justification to being the side chick, Bimbo, does a good job of serving entertainment in “The Real Side Chicks”.
This is another story that adds to the pile of “girl squad” movies and it offers its own special recipe in entertainment. The “Real Side Chicks” is definitely a recommendation from us to you.