You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince, which essentially is the central theme for Biodun Stephen’s forthcoming romantic comedy Seven and a Half Dates. In the trailer released yesterday, Biodun (Mercy Johnson) is a relatable victim of the standards women have been held to since Facebook became popular: marriage.
Her parents are concerned, even moreso because her younger sister will soon be married. “All you do is work work work work until you work your life away,” Sola Sobowale as Biodun’s mother admonishes her.
There’s something slightly aloof about Biodun, ensconced within the familiar margins of her career and independence. “When was the last time you went on a date?” Her father asks her. For a brief moment, Biodun isn’t sure. With good intentions, her father sets her up on several dates, a dating adventure that mimics the game of chess.
Grudgingly, we see Biodun indulging these men at bars and restaurants. She’s repulsed as she is nonchalant, kissing as many frogs as she can to find her prince. Written by Joy Isi-Bewaji, Seven and a Half Dates doesn’t deal in spoon-fed metaphors, bludgeoning us once again with the bare-bones theme of marriage.
Starring Frank Donga, Ali Nuhu, Akin Lewis, Jim Iyke, and Fathia Balogun, catch Seven and a Half Dates in cinemas on August 3.