REVIEW: Meeting Funmi’s Parents

Meeting Funmi’s Parents, The trailer of this movie immediately draws comparisons to the 2017 romcom, Isoken, due to the race of the main characters, further reinforced by the presence of Tina Mba as the mother of the bride in both films.

Romantic comedies often follow a simple formula: they develop a compelling dynamic between two charismatic characters with palpable chemistry, infusing comedic elements.

While Meeting Funmi’s Parents attempts to follow this formula, it falls short in several aspects.

The story begins with Funmi (played by Omowunmi Dada) abroad on a date with her White boyfriend, Jason (portrayed by Roman Thomson), who proposes to her. Upon returning to Nigeria, they face resistance from Funmi’s father (Akin Lewis), who opposes her marrying a white man. Meanwhile, her mother tries to mediate between them.

Adding to the drama, Ayo (played by Timini Egbuson), Funmi’s Nigerian ex-boyfriend, attempts to win her back.

The movie primarily focuses on Funmi’s father’s reluctance to accept Jason, her white boyfriend. However, the treatment of reverse racism as a comedic element is problematic and lacks depth.

The portrayal of Funmi’s father as stubborn and whiny undermines the seriousness of the issue.

As the story progresses, viewers must choose between Jason, revealed as abusive, and Ayo, Funmi’s cheating ex-boyfriend.

This dilemma is unsettling, as it forces Funmi to choose between two flawed options. Additionally, the lack of chemistry between Funmi and both men detracts from the believability of their relationships.

The film’s minor editing issues, like sound inconsistencies and continuity errors, disrupt the story’s flow and overall viewing experience.

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Despite its shortcomings, the subplot involving Funmi’s grandmother’s terminal illness adds depth to the narrative. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett delivers a standout performance, while Sophie Alakija also shines as Funmi’s best friend.

Overall, Meeting Funmi’s Parents falls short of capturing the charm and comedic timing of successful romcoms like Isoken. While it hints at a sequel, it’s essential that future installments are handled by capable hands to avoid repeating the same mistakes.

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