BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE
You, Me and the Guys is with a clear purpose: to establish why we should bother watching it. It gets moving, beginning somewhere in the middle where the heat is highest, and immediately gets the viewer’s attention. Most of You, Me and the Guys would go on to play out in just one house with intermittent voice over introductions of the characters and situation and flashbacks, a voice over that is conversational and witty.
Badmus is a rich and successful young man who lives with his half-brother, Spartacus and two best friends, Hush and Kodjo. He is the only one who works; Hush is a lazy serial eater, Kodje is an unrepentant womanizer, and Spartacus is an aspiring musician. Badmus considers getting married, but believes in the idea of family acceptance over everything else, meaning his friends and family must agree to any woman he dates, or he would have to end it. Then he meets Abigail and completely falls for her. Abigail who has only just come out of a relationship decides to give him a shot and falls for him too.
Everyone is fine with Abigail until they begin to worry that Abigail is all that matters to Badmus. Then they turn against her and the house becomes a war zone. Alongside her friend Nene, Abigail fights and ultimately asks Badmus to choose, but this is going to be an extremely difficult choice to make as he loves both parties dearly.
A really simple storyline, You, Me and the Guys is engaging from start to finish. The comedy is subtle but it still gets you amused. The acts get melodramatic every now and again, but this is for comical effects and so works. Then it begins to fall into unrealistic cliché; jealous friend, evil ex, conniving men, cheating rumors. It renders the movie unoriginal but doesn’t take away from its entertainment value, which is clearly what the producers had in mind.
Badmus is Seun Akindele. Abigail is Linda Ejiofor, Hush is Jude Orhora, Kodje is Ifeanyi Kalu, Nene is Lota Chukwu and Spartacus is Abayomi Alvin. They all show up to work and give a good performance. Chijoke Ugwu however, who plays the ex, does an awful job. His acting is terrible and nearly brings the collective effort of the other actors to waste. The child actors are not quite impressive either.
Produced by Abayomi Alvin and written and directed by Esther Abah, this 2017 romantic comedy film is straight-to-the-point, funny, and then forgettable.