One thing Nollywood lovers must now learn, in addition to the growing list of pointers, is that a fine cast does not mean a fine film and Robert Peter‘s Small Chops, produced by Chika Ike is anything but fine. The movie is marred with a number of inconsistencies and continuity errors.
The Small Chops story, written by Chika Ike, probably set out to deliver a near-perfect interracial love story garnished with a feminist point of view. Unfortunately, its execution is a hot mess that’ll leave you wondering what the writer’s motives were.
Nikita (Chika Ike) is an overconfident, violent stripper who falls in love with a White, Nigerian based business mogul, Cassper (Max Cavenham). Cassper witnesses Nikita’s violent reaction to a customer who attempts to touch her during a performance. Intrigued by her rather exasperating dance and speech about unsolicited groping, Cassper gets his driver Smart (Nkem Owoh) to secure a private meeting with him. Unaware and shocked to discover Cassper’s true intentions (a weekend of uninterrupted sexcapades. An idea that the story barely establishes), Nikita becomes difficult and overbearing. Attributes that the filmmaker confuses as confidence and fearlessness.
Chika Ike‘s acting prowess has always been at best, bearable. A little time away from adopting characters does not produce a refined actress. In Small Chops, we are faced with an actress who remains unable to fully immerse herself in the character she adopts. Creating Nikita clearly didn’t involve any kind of research. For a character who is put before us as a professional, her dancing skill turns out to be a cringe-worthy sight to behold. On the other hand, her co-star, Max Cavenham surprisingly delivers better.
The idea of gender equality as a theme is utterly misplaced in Small Chops as none of the female characters exhibits any kind of emulatable attribute. Nikita is definitely not a model of female emancipation neither is Nse Ikpe Etim‘s character who forces an unwanted pregnancy on a man who swiftly dumps her. For what it’s worth, Small Chops elevates the desires of the menfolk by preaching that they always get what they want even if it takes a little longer than planned.
Hopefully, Robert Peters‘ performance sheet will not be marked solely by Small Chops as all this movie shows is a director who is unable to fix a simple analytical problem. As a love story, it tries to employ basic romance genre plot but makes a mess of the entire thing. As a comedy, the humour is frequently forced and sometimes brash and offensive to some sensibilities. Even Nkem Owoh‘s decades-long reliable humour gives zero satisfaction.
Small Chops had some star moments one of which includes memorable supporting actors.