A Soweto Love Story (2024)

A Soweto Love Story (2024)

A simple, lighthearted romcom that should have been released on Christmas

6.8

Movie

South Africa
English
Comedy, Romance
2024
ROLIE NIKIWE
Duduzile Ngcobo, Lunga Shabalala, Motsoaledi Setumo
102 min

TLDR

Actually, the film was based on the Nigerian 2021 film A Naija Christmas and there's three love stories here, so it's not quite a Soweto romance. But it is fun, if you're into silly romcoms like these.

What it's about

Desperate for her three adult sons to start their own families, a woman promises her coveted house to the first of them that gets married before the New Year.

The take

Frankly, it’s a bad idea to rush into a marriage for a financial incentive, but there’s something sweet about A Soweto Love Story with the way the plot plays out. As the brothers race to win the family home, there’s the standard romcom shenanigans where secrets are revealed and sabotage happens, but the brothers never go too far, and the way they play out is just the right amount of playful and serious. And as they do so, it’s sweet to see the three relationships bloom without the problematic, not well-thought-out issues that plague these kinds of ensemble romance films. That being said, it would have been even better if they established a close, familial chemistry between the brothers, but the way it plays out isn’t too bad. A Soweto Love Story isn’t particularly unique or deep, but if you’re looking for a simple, lighthearted romcom to watch, this isn’t a terrible choice.

What stands out

The film doesn’t give off Valentine’s Day vibes with its Christmas-New Year setting, but it’s still not a bad choice to watch.

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