Just Not Married – In this charming caper comedy, a bright but broke undergrad striving to escape the slums gets in over his head when his modest criminal enterprise goes a bit too far.
Why do we love thieves in movies so much? Is it the vicarious thrill? The Robin Hood factor? Is it because they do bad things for good reasons? Just Not Married delivers all the fun of a classic crime comedy, but also hides a sharp-witted critique of urban poverty within the glossy sheath of its caper plot.
Duke (Stan Nze), a promising undergraduate student, is broke. It’s a crippling problem, as he must provide for his critically ill mother and his ex-con brother. With the help of his best friend, Lati (Rotimi Salami), and his sassy crush, Keji (the film’s producer, Judith Audu), he hatches a genius plan to steal cars: after Lati breaks into a vehicle, they dress it up with ribbons and bows to resemble a honeymoon vehicle. But the success of their scheme sends Duke into a spiral of guilt, and he stops attending school even though he knows it’s his only means of escaping the slums. When their modest criminal enterprise goes a bit too far, the three friends realise that they’re in over their heads.