Kasanova

2019

4/5
Kasanova

Summary

Femi (Wale Ojo), a single dad falls in love with Jessica (Iri Doyle), who is a single mother. The couple fall in love through their children and it ensures there is a battle for love, family and friendship. In fact, Jessica is the music teacher of Femi’s son Jason (Alvin Abayomi) and it causes a conflict of interest between the father and son

Production: Fojo Media, FilmOne Distributions

Direction: Oluseyi Asurf

Starring: Wale Ojo, Iretola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Ayo Makun, Chimezie Imo, Helen Paul, Ruby Akubueze

Release Date: 13 September 2019

Genre: Romance

Run time: 1h 55min

Rating: 4/5

Review

Femi (Wale Ojo) is a widower with an affinity for anything in skirts. When we first meet him, he is jogging with his son, Jason (Abayomi Alvin), a wannabe musician. While starring at the derriere of a fellow runner, he trips and hurts himself. A couple of scenes later, we meet him at a bar, discussing with his friends his perceived view that women are useless. Unknown to them, a lady having a bad night was eavesdropping. When she’s had enough of their demeaning talk, she gives them a piece of her mind. Femi retorts with the usual “you are a lonely woman.” She fires back “with men like you, being single is perfect.”

That lady is Jessica, played by the charming Ireti Doyle. She is a music teacher and single mother. She was at the bar that night because she’d gotten into another fight with her daughter, Ini (Ruby Akubueze).

Ini attends the same school as Jason. The two don’t particularly get on. However, Jason plans to get her to love him…. then break her heart. The subplot between both children, as wonderful as it is, isn’t the crux of the story. The love, their parents will share, is.

Jason gets shortlisted to train with Jessica for a music concert, his father drives him to her house, not knowing she is the same lady from the bar.

An expected confrontation ensues when they meet and Femi tells his son they would be leaving. Jason refuses because “knowing my dad, he is at fault.” After a few sessions with Jason, Jessica learns that Femi’s wife died of cancer and that he has been miserable since. She proceeds to apologize for her harsh words at the bar and he accepts by proposing dinner. This is a romantic comedy, so you know what follows.

The script by Oluseyi Asurf, Ugochukwu Isreal and Tomi Adesina is superb and does a good job merging the romantic side and comedic side into a wholesome experience. It also has an interesting young-adult subplot featuring Jason, Ini and their friends that aids and mirrors the main plot. However, there is the familiar cliché of women saving wrecked men. Femi became a player after losing his wife to cancer, his son takes after his philandering ways but father and son will be redeemed by the love of women.

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