6 September 2019

Looking for Love (2018)

There’s no need to rush love – Cupid will shoot you with his little arrow when you’re ready. Well, that’s the theory. But it’s a whole different story for 30-something Buyi (Celeste Ntuli). Her parents want her married and her friends think that she needs a nice guy. Are they right? Maybe.

Looking For Love, like so many romcoms, is predictable. But – and this is a big one – the journey to that destination is amazing. Celeste is raw and open and honest and vulnerable in her role. You can see deep into Buyi’s heart that she is jealous of her baby sister getting married before her and you’re cheering her on.

She [Buyi] breaks so many boundaries of what is considered ‘acceptable ladylike behaviour’,” writes The Sowetan film reviewer Emmanuel Tjiya. “It’s not pretentious. It’s relevant and reflective of socio-economic issues facing South Africans. As lewd as it gets at times, it’s never tone-deaf. After it is done making you cry out of laughter, it will make you think about real issues. That engagement is significant”

That nail-on-the-head screenplay is complemented by the cast that includes acting heavyweights like Lillian Dube, Trevor Gumbi and Craig Urbani.

If you’re looking for something to love on the small screen, put aside 90 minutes for a fling with this romcom.

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