30 Days in Atlanta

30 Days in Atlanta is a 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy film written by Patrick "Koinage" Nnamani,[2] produced by Ayo Makun and directed by Robert Peters.[3] The movie was shot in two locations in Lagos and Atlanta (United States of America). It premiered on 31 October 2014.[4] It was recognized as the highest-grossing film of all time in Nigerian cinemas in 2015,[5][6][7][8] although the film was met with mixed critical reviews.

30 Days in Atlanta
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Film poster
Directed byRobert Peters
Produced byAyo Makun
StarringAyo Makun
Ramsey Nouah
Richard Mofe Damijo
Desmond Elliot
Vivica A. Fox
Lynn Whitfield
Karlie Redd
Majid Michel
Omoni Oboli
Racheal Oniga
Yemi Blaq
Juliet Ibrahim
CinematographyJames M. Costello
Release date
  • 31 October 2014 (2014-10-31)
CountryNigeria
LanguageEnglish
Box office₦163 million[1]

PlotEdit

Akpos wins a month-long trip to Atlanta, Georgia and invites his cousin Richard to come along. Upon arrival, they run into their old friend Okiemute, who takes them out to dinner. Akpos meets the beautiful Kimberly and wishes to ask her out, but Okiemute warns him that Kimberly's father is very controlling. Kimberly, Akpos, and Richard run into each other again at an environmentalism conference, where Akpos makes a few awkwardly funny remarks. Kimberly, however, is more interested in Richard. She gives Richard her phone number and they leave just in time for her father, the restaurateur Odiye, to show up.

Richard returns to the restaurant to anticipate Kimberly's visit, but Akpos shows up unannounced. Kimberly tells Akpos her father enjoyed his comments at the conference and wants to offer him a stand-up comedy contract. Returning home by taxi, Richard realizes he left his wallet behind. When the driver finds out they cannot pay the fare, he kicks them out of the cab. Kimberly and Odiye give them a ride back to Odiye's home, where they meet the family, as well as Odiye's immigration lawyer, Clara. Akpos and Clara begin a romantic relationship.

On a Skype call with his parents, Richard learns that his former girlfriend Ese is making wedding arrangements. He tries to convince his mother that they have ended their relationship and mentions Kimberly. Richard introduces Kimberly to his parents, but his mother insists he should marry Ese. Ese tries to convince Kimberly that Richard will only disappoint her. Ese shows Kimberly intimate pictures of her with Richard. Kimberly becomes heartbroken and drives away from the house in tears.

Akpos becomes involved with illegal street gambling and is arrested. Clara visits him in jail and agrees to represent him. It is discovered that Akpos has violated his visa, making his case more severe and punishable by law. In court, the judge agrees that the total income Akpos has earned will be sufficient as compensation for his legal and visa violation if the money is donated to charity under supervision. In order to avert further violations, Clara takes him to her house, where the two have dinner, followed by sex. Later, Clara overhears Akpos on the phone, implying that his relationship with her will facilitate his green card and American citizenship. Clara becomes furious that Akpos might have taken advantage of her influential position and ejects Akpos from her house.

Richard attempts to mend his relationship with Kimberly, but Odiye orders him to leave his daughter alone, reiterating the bad image many young Nigerian men portray to the Western world. Richard argues with Ese about her interference in his relationship with Kimberly.

Akpos reluctantly donates his earnings to charity. At the airport, as the men prepare to board their flight back to Nigeria, they are surprised to see Kimberly and Clara who have both decided to follow them back to Nigeria and meet their relatives.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The film was well received by the general audience, but was met with mixed to negative critical reviews. Most critics note that the comedy in the film is filled with cliches and stereotypes, and that the film seems like a remake of Osuofia in London (2003), the Jenifa franchise, or a hybrid of both.

Nollywood Reinvented gave a 24% rating, commenting: "For the length of the approximately 2hr long movie, there was a competent joke in every part for at least the first hour and a half. But that's about where the greatness of the movie begins and ends. There is hardly any originality or attempt to make it less predictable".[9] The Daily Independent comments that the comedy in the film is filled with clichés and stereotypes, but a proper story eventually emerge. It concludes that "he [Ayo Makun] has sent a strong message with this effort that a good quality comedy film can be made".[10] Wilfred Okiche of YNaija cited that the film has "filmmaking errors and production glitches", but admits to the film being funny. He says Ayo Makun isn't "a rounded actor", calls the film an hybrid of Osuofia in London (2003) and The Return of Jenifa (2011), and concludes: "...there is no single, continuous plot but a series of sketches and happenstances cobbled together to make up a movie. The pacing moves breezingly [sic] enough to obscure the lack of a substantial story but it does little to hide the deficiency with continuity as the scenes just clash noisily into the other. The jokes are gold—though failing unsurprisingly only when AY attempts stand up. 30 Days in Atlanta is funny, but poorly made".[11]

Today's Woman magazine gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, commenting: "The beginning scenes were cliche, predictable and reminded me a little too much of Osuofia in London. However, once we passed this phase, the movie was in actual fact hilarious.[12] Babatunde Lasaki on 360Nobs gave 6 out of 10 stars and comments: "A usual story retold in an unusually funny manner. Definitely not a contender for innovation or ingenuity, but I will say a comic relief from the many bland productions of 2014. 30 Days in Atlanta is a fine movie, not a MUST see, but definitely worth two hours of comedic fun.[13] Obehi Bassey of True Nollywood Stories states that Ayo Makun's acting skills is non-existent, says the film is needlessly dragged, but concludes: "30 days in Atlanta remains a movie worth seeing. Entertaining from the get go, it doesn't let go. It's a comedy that is funny without being annoying and melodramatic. Plus it has some really memorable scenes.[14] Kemi Filani comments: "if you are having a bad day and you need something to get you up and alive, 30 Days in Atlanta is the movie for ya.... [sic]kudos to comedian AY".[15]

Box officeEdit

30 Days in Atlanta went on to break all box-office records for 2014.[16]

AwardsEdit

The film received 10 nominations at the 2014 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.[17][18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AY's '30 Days In Atlanta ' Bags Highest Grossing Nigeria Movie Of All Time AY's '30 Days In Atlanta ' Bags Highest Grossing Nigeria Movie Of All Time". 360nobs.com. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2 October 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
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  6. ^ "Movie breaks box office record, grosses N76M". pulse.ng. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Photos: Comedian AY's '30 DAYS IN ATLANTA' Breaks Nollywood Box Office Record". informationng.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Amazing success of 30 Days in Atlanta thrills AY -How the movie grossed N76 million in 42 days!". encomium.ng. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  9. ^ "30 Days in Atlanta". Nollywood Reinvented. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Movie review: 30 Days in Atlanta". Daily Independent Newspaper. November 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  11. ^ Okiche, Wilfred (22 November 2014). "Movie review: AY's 30 Days in Atlanta is funny but poorly made". YNaija. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  12. ^ "tw Magazine Reviews: 30 Days In Atlanta". Today's Woman Magazine. 20 February 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  13. ^ 1 December 2014. "Movie Review: '30 Days In Atlanta' A Movie Buff's Take". 360Nobs.com. Archived from the original on 3 October 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  14. ^ Bassey, Obehi (11 December 2014). "30 days In Atlanta Review: Take This To The Bank". TNS. Archived from the original on 8 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  15. ^ Filani, Kemi (November 2014). "KFB Movie: Guys, '30 Days In Atlanta' is one crazy movie!!!". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Ben Bruce Applauds AY's Record Breaking Movie "30 Days in Atlanta"". Ben Murray-Bruce. 13 January 2015.
  17. ^ "2014 nominations". GIAMA. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Ay's Movie "30 Days In Atlanta" bags 10 nominations in Giama in America". Ebony Life TV. Retrieved 5 September 2014.

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