Head Over Bills tells the story of billionaire Elizabeth Ofili and her three daughters, Oluchi, Tachi, and Munachi.
After realizing that her daughters aren't taking life seriously enough, and also coming to terms with her own personal situation, the matriarch decides to give them conditions or risk being cut off from the family wealth forever.
The film was written, produced, and directed by the versatile Dabby Chimere.
I feel this movie is a good example of Psalms 11:3 which says "If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?".
We have fairly decent actors in this film but because the writing is kind of weak and porous, there really wasn't much any of them could do to salvage the situation or to make the film anymore better. I mean, you could literally have put Chris Hemsworth and Angelina Jolie in this movie and they still wouldn't have been able to do more.
Bimbo Ademoye plays a very cliché role, something we've seen her depict way too often. Her character is a party girl who likes money, very similar to her roles in Sugar Rush and Nneka the Pretty Serpent.
She tries to be funny at most times as is her tradition, but it really just doesn't hit the mark due to lack of character development.
Ego Nwosu is her sister, the last child, Munachi, and she literally also acts the same character she played in Fine Wine, the young professional woman who wants to develop her career but is stuck between choosing two men.
As for Rachael Okonkwo (this is actually the first time I'm seeing her in a movie), it's one thing to be given bad lines, and it's quite another thing to deliver the bad lines badly.
While watching her speak her lines, I was just like wow, just wow. I don't want to say much because I wouldn't want to come off as being too harsh.
What I liked? I liked seeing Ego and Bimbo's faces; they are pretty girls and coincidentally because they were in two of my best films of 2021, Breaded Life and Fine Wine.
I was excited about this movie because they are in it and because I love rom-coms, but this didn't feel like a rom-com, it felt more like a drama.
I feel the makers of the movie know that both girls are hot commodities and casting them here would certainly increase ratings and entice people into seeing the film.
What I didn't like? The movie had no reason to be that long. Not in any universe. When I saw 2 hours 5 mins, I knew at that instant that I was in for a long ride.
Can I chime in the fact that I feel the filmmakers were more concerned about being superficial, as in making the characters pretty than actually gauge the relatability of their scenes?
It's quite unrealistic that someone sleeps with make-up and wakes up still with the same makeup intact and their wigs unshelved and without ruffles. Attention to detail was missing. That was a fail.
I do like the way Shaffy Bello plays the elite mother part though. The actress makes it so seamless and enjoyable and it's a real definition of what affluence should sound and look like.
The movie is centred around the perks of the elite, it definitely gave that aura of elitism and money.
The ending is rushed though, almost like the writer got tired along the way and she had kind of forgotten that she had already overstretched the movie. I say it again, the movie had no business being two hours long.
All in all, I feel this movie would have done better if it went straight to streaming platforms instead of trying to make a big break in cinemas. Don't get me wrong, I kind of liked it but it was majorly because of the characters than the actual story or writing.
It gets a 6/10 rating from me due to my liking for the actors.