Nollywood Review: "Girls Cot"

I’m not sure if I should say one is now hooked to Nigerian movies, the Nollywood and fourth-ranked movie industry on the Planet. I have been watching quite a lot lately but I do have a problem with the plots and the titles. They all seem to be the same. Like “Girls Cot” which marks the genuine return of Genevieve Nnaji after a long sabbatical. It has the same resemblance of Nollywood’s previous projects which much appears they have ran out of stories and better creative stuff.

Nollywood should come out bold and start telling stories of human events and tragic moments of our time and beyond. Like Hollywood’s “Shindler’s List,” “We Were Soldiers,” “Pearl Harbor,” "Gangs of New York," “Platoon,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “The Pianist,” “The Holocaust,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Malcolm X,” “Amistad,” and many more films of that nature, it would be worthy of Nollywood to start producing movies in the same manner with scenes like “Blood on the Niger,” "Aba Market Women Riot," “Asaba Male Death March,” “Where Vultures Feast,” “The Pogrom,” “Never Again,” “A Tragedy Without Heroes,” “Sunset in Biafra,” “No Place to Hide: Crises and Conflicts inside Biafra,” “The Brutality of Nations,” “Blood Lust Hausa-Fulanis,” “The Northern Islamic Jihadist Murderers,” “Adekunle the Beast,” and “The Rapists.”

Most Nollywood movies, if not all, now tells the same story. The story-line and plots has the same similarity even with its different titles which somehow has nothing related to the movie. Take for instance, movies like “Hot Money,” Blood Billionaires,” “Millionaire’s Club,” “Blood Money,” “No Way Out,” “Broken Shield,” “Battle for Battle,” “Under Control,” “Blames of Memories,” “Where Envy Lies,” “Touch My Heart,” “The World of Riches,” “Total Control,” “The Prince,” “Golden Axe,” and many more are chiefly the same with basically the same cast. On the other hand, the titles of most of these movies do not relate to the theme when the movie breaks down to its climax; for example, “Girls Cot.”

First, let’s take a look at the word “cot.” Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “cot” (1) as a light portable bed, one of canvas on a folding frame, and (2) as a small house; a cottage; a hut; a small place of shelter; and a sheath or protective covering. Or could it be as abbreviated—“cot”—Commitments of Traders Report which is a report published every Friday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that seeks to provide investors with up-to-date information on futures market operations and increase the transparency of these complex exchanges. While Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary defines “cot” as a wheeled stretcher for hospital, mortuary, or ambulance service, one is getting confused and puzzled to the subject-matter in question—“Girls Cot.” Maybe, the logic here works as the movie plays on.

“Girls Cot,” an all-star cast marking the return of Genevieve Nnaji is about campus girls in a town where politicians, government officials and top-notch businessmen run the show. The movie stars Nnaji as Queen; Uche Jumbo as Bella; Rita Dominic as Alicia and Ini Edo as Eve. It also features Bonita Nzeribe and McMaurice Ndubueze and directed by Afam Okereke.

The movie starts with a high speed chase on either a moving violation or a crime committed by the foursome Queen, Bella, Alicia and Eve. They reach their destination while on hot pursuit by the cops. The cops could not arrest them on the ground the compound they 'vroomed' into belongs to the men of higher places. All you could do in the words of these girls was for the cops to vamoose before they get themselves into some big trouble. Much is made in the movie of the fact that these girls did not think of themselves as prostitutes. They were just ordinary campus girls who get by scamming the top shots and politicians in Abuja.

Bella and Eve shared a room in the school dorm (perhaps the word “cot” appropriately fits here as in a small shelter place) when Eve runs into Alicia in an alley where sluts hangs out to do business. Alicia, desperate, destitute and kicked out by her uncle had no place to stay. Eve comes to the rescue and offers her a squatting spot in the dorm room she shared with Bella. Bella complains but later gives in and accepts Alicia’s temporary stay. Later on Queen arrives and claims the room had been allocated to her from the students’ office. A little squabbles over the issue but worked out as the four most dangerous and most glamorous girls in Abuja sets out for a kill.

Although the story is centered on Queen (Nnaji) who calls the shots and makes all the connections, the most interesting character in the movie is Alicia beautifully acted by Rita Dominic who had always lost out on the men who slept with her and quite often would either not pay her or leave a little change while she is still asleep in her hotel room. Over and over again her vulnerability makes her an easy lay for cheap change until Queen played by Nnaji, the Vice President’s daughter who had gone low profile to live in the dorm rather than rent a flat off campus, comes to the rescue using her Abuja connections to get everyone involved in a high scale prostitution ring. Not even the bad guys on campus could touch or mess with these girls who had power and money, and had the politicians and business moguls slammed in their pockets. The scam is played over and over again. The movies upshot shows the power of escort enterprise if you have the right connections.

"Bad Girls" or "The Vice President's Daughter" would have made a better and logical title for the movie.

My ratings: Three Stars.


Anonymous said…

As much as I may agree with you to some extent in your somewhat constructive
criticism, I will also like to point out that, it makes well, if your
criticism should be better addressed to the Nigerian Movie Producers

Better still, your observations could be best mailed to the "Association of
Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMP)", "Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN)",
Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN)", or "National Association of Nigerian Theatre
Arts Practitioners (NANTAP)'. This way, your candid opinions can be better
utilized by the actual people in context.

All the same, with you reeling out all those names, or should I say
tentative movie titles like (“Blood on the Niger,” "Aba Market Women Riots,"
“Asaba Male Death March,” “Where Vultures Feast,” “The Pogrom,” “Never
Again,” “A Tragedy Without Heroes,” “Sunset in Biafra,” “No Place to Hide:
Crises and Conflicts inside Biafra,” “The Brutality of Nations,” “Blood Lust
Hausa-Fulanis,” “The Northern Islamic Jihadist Murderers,” “Adekunle the
Beast,” and “The Rapists.”), I will like to ask if you have the scripts
ready for production.

And if in case you do, I will be waiting to professionally help you in doing
some creative justice to them, that is if you are desirous of being part of
the Nigerian Movie Industry. If not, just promote the creative work of our
people, no matter the shortcomings, for "Rome was not built in a day". And
remember, Nollywood does not have the Production Equipments nor fundings
that are readily available to Hollywood, Bollywood, etc.

Continue to enjoy the movies and pray for the industry to mature creatively,
technically, and financially.

Criticizing the creative and generaously humble socio-cultural and economic
contributions our country is not the forum for you to exhibit your knowledge
of the English language, as you've done so well in informing us through your
"Thesis", and its accessories. Always remember that English is an incomplete
language, after all, it's a mixture of French, Latin, Spanish, Greek, etc.

However, I am happy that you still enjoyed the movie as expressed in your
mail, to the point that you even "RATED" it. I wonder if you are now a
ACADEMY AWARDS BOARD, or please intimate me, which of the boards do you
belong to?

Next time, before you rate any movie, please do confirm your patriotic
contributions towards the growth of the industry or your motherland, then we
can evaluate your rating and forward it to the appropriate screening board
for approval. And I hope that your rating will enhance the financial returns
for the individual movie rated!

Just my contribution to motivate you towards better citizenship, no ill
feelings, my brother.

Anonymous said…
Absolutely fantastic response, Mr Justin Duru. The best I have seen to all these supposed know-it all western based critics of Nollywood. They think they are saying what we don't know already.

The movie was very entertaining and Genevieve Nnaji showed that she is simply the best actress in Nollywood and the most naturally gifted as well. Certainly top 3 in Africa. Toe to toe with the pretenders to her throne, she showed why she commands top dollar and why they will always follow her lead and play supporting roles to her.

I thought the twist at the end was super.

I wish nothing but the best for the Nollywood industry.
I thought that cot was meant to be "Cult" but it was just spelt in a "nigerianised" way... This was one of my first Nolly films ever and got me hooked!
Mimi said…
Methink Nollywood is doing great. Whitter the critics.
Mimi said…
Methink Nollywood is doing great. Whitter the critics.
Mimi said…
Methink Nollywood is doing great. Whitter the critics.
Turbo65 said…
Heeyy I'm with you 110% Nollywood Forever.."Girls Cot" was my first also and I was hooked too.