[SUPPLIED] The numbers for stylish and glossy romcom ‘Mrs Right Guy’ have passed the R3-million mark. The film is maintaining a strong hold at the box office, with the best performers being Gauteng based Ster-Kinekor Mall of Africa and Sterland.
“Audience support for ‘Mrs Right Guy’ has been great, and is ongoing as word of mouth spreads,” says producer Ketiwe Ngcobo.
The film has been a hit a hit across cinemas in South Africa following its opening weekend on 3 June, which saw the film pitted against blockbusters like ‘X Men – Apocalypse’, ‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’. “That’s what happens when you have a strong cast, a good story and excellent production values,” says producer Cati Weinek.
“The film has held its spot on the industry Top 10 alongside each week’s new releases and was in position number 7 this past weekend, against some amazing competition,” adds Helen Kuun of Indigenous Film Distribution.
‘Mrs Right Guy’ was directed by Adze Ugah and stars Dineo Moeketsi, Thapelo Mokoena, Lehasa Moloi, Thando Thabethe and Boity Thulo. The film tells the tale of how the beautiful Gugu (Moeketsi), dejected and disillusioned by love, has to learn to make the right choices. When she meets two eligible young men – serial seducer Dumile (Thapelo Mokoena) and regular good guy Joe (Lehasa Moloi), she is blinded by the charm, wealth, and power of Dumile and doesn’t see Joe for who he is: a kind, hardworking and grounded man who is just as comfortable on a chicken farm, as he is in Soweto or a glitzy corporate office.
How will she make sure she lands the man she deserves, especially after her shoddy treatment of Joe?
Following its flashy opening, which brought in more than R1 million in one weekend, industry commentators and fans have heaped praise on the film: “Directed by Adze Ugah, his effort is visually arresting as it beautifully juxtaposes the tranquil township lifestyle with fast-paced urban city life.” Sowetan Live Events website Just Curious said, “‘Mrs Right Guy’ is an amazing romance movie with elements that we can all relate to. It has ama-gay- i, blessers, intsokolo, ubumnandi and everything under the sun.”
“‘Mrs Right Guy’ is funny, light and it'ss go something positive to say in a positive way. Adze showcases Joburg from Maboneng to Neighbourgoods market to Orlando in a positive light with his drones and most importantly the people who live in it. So do yourself a favour and go check this movie out.” TVSA
“‘Mrs Right Guy’ evinces a healthy sheen of technical expertise. It gives us productive, smart, black South Africans who aren’t mired in despair for our entertainment. Instead, we get some snippy one-liners and beautiful people who should be on a magazine cover.” IOL
“It’s wonderful to see audiences supporting great local films,” says Kuun. “We encourage people to make sure they catch the film while it’s still on circuit so they can see it in all its big screen glory.” ‘Mrs Right Guy’ was funded by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with Gauteng Film Commission, and The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). A Fuze Films production, the film was produced by Dumi Gumbi, Kethiwe Ngcobo, Mokopi Shale and Cati Weiner.
The film is being distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.