The 24th of June, Gaming Network Studiosa Nigerian film production company in collaboration with Netflix, released “Glamor Girls”, an original movie.
The film is a remake of Kenneth Nnebue’s 1994 classic starring Liz Benson, Zack Orji and other veterans.
The new version follows a group of four female escorts as they navigate their relationships and glamorous lifestyle.
The main cast of the two hour and five minute film is made up of Sharon Ooja, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Segilola Ogidan, Joselyn Dumas and Toke Makinwa.
Others include Taymesan Emmanuel, Lilian Afegbai, James Gardiner, Jammal Ibrahim, and Chukie “Lynxxx” Edozien.
Reviewing the film, PREMIUM TIMES noted that the film had similarities to EbonyLife’s Chief Daddy2, except this time the film was about four women.
Despite breaking the record for being Netflix’s first Nigerian original film to make it to the world’s top ten list, it received several negative reviews from viewers and film critics shortly after its release.
While few praised the film’s excellent cinematography, many criticized its absurd and rushed storylines, poor acting, poor sound quality, and questionable plot.
The negative comments increased when Nigerians called the production company, urging them to stop remaking Nollywood classics and instead invest more in writing quality scripts.
It should be noted that this is the second Netflix original Nigerian movie to receive widespread criticism; the first was Chief Daddy 2, which was released earlier this year.
See some of the reactions below.
“So none of the Glamor Girls actors stopped during the filming to ask, ‘What are we doing? This has to be the worst Nollywood movie I’ve seen recently.” @CHLemchi
“I feel like Nollywood should start investing more in the story and the writing than making the movie look expensive.” @Aitiyahensley
“If you look at Glamor girls with expectations, I’m sorry, but it will be frustrated; It’s not a great movie, but it’s not that bad either; it’s just a good movie that would have been better if the producers tried a little harder. But Sharon Ooja played her like always.” @dami_boye
“Glamor Girls” sounds like they’re filming a 20-episode series, and then Netflix yells, “What?! Who tells one to do season feem? Na 2 hours I feel like we say a na! Oya sum it up, I am!”
“So they cut it down to 2 hours and cut a lot of stuff,” @andyRoidO
“The new Glamor Girls, now showing on Netflix, is not a remake. It’s an accident”, @Catchoris
“You guys shouldn’t bother wasting your valuable data by watching GLAMOR GIRLS. I’ve been there; it is a total WASTE. No head, no tail”, @Usmanashafe
“I just saw glamorous girls. Everyone who promoted that movie, my God will judge you for making me waste two hours” @unclebayotics
“I can understand celebrities lying to cheer up their peers, but me and you joining the lie about glamor girls fucking each other is a criminal offence. Haba naw Why does a Dey lie like that? Some actors did a good job, yes, BUT IT IS ABOUT THE MOVIE ITSELF. STOP LYING” @AyeeshaLiquor
the producer speaks
In response to negative reviews, the film’s producer and owner of the Play Network, Charles Okpaleke, acknowledged the reactions to the film thus far.
She wrote, “It has been exciting to read many of the Glamor Girls reviews in the past few days. Your positive feedback and constructive criticism motivates us to keep doing more, to keep doing better. Thank you for loving, criticizing, and watching as you knowingly (or not) tell the world through your many platforms to do the same.
I heard we just broke a new record this morning! It’s been milestone after milestone, record after record, since the very day we released Glamor Girls, a Netflix Original, on Netflix! Everyone is watching Glamor Girls (A movie for us, For us).
Shout out to all the Nollywood filmmakers out there constantly going through the nightmare of making movies in Nigeria. You are a blessing and an inspiration.
And of course, a massive thank you to other self-proclaimed Nollywood filmmakers and critics, who produced numerous movies in their heads, won awards with them, and even took to the stage to make speeches, but have yet to create any in reality. We see you; we support you! A victory for one is a victory for all.”