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Between (2019): “Sex and Sexy Dresses Will Save Your Marriage” – Movie Review

Between is about Chelsea (Stella Damasus), a marriage counsellor and 4-time divorcee who falls in love with a man she met at the bar. As the relationship progresses, a shocking secret forces her to make an important decision.

Starring: STELLA DAMASUS, TRAVIS GRENIER, LYNNE JENSEN & TATIANA ZAPPARDINO
Production Company: INDEX TWO STUDIOS
Producers: DANIEL ADEMINOKAN & STELLA DAMASUS
Written & Directed by DANIEL ADEMINOKAN

Looking through the comments section, most people had nothing but great things to say about this film. Aside from notable lessons we can all learn about faith, maturity in dealing with situations and the fact that you shouldn’t date other people’s spouses, there are equally things that the makers missed.

First of all, I do not hate this film. I like it to an extent, but do I absolutely love it like everyone else? No, I do not.

Great production, beautiful cinematography, but it doesn’t come without it’s obvious story flaws. Between blaming a man’s wife for her husband’s cheating escapades, unnecessary scenes that made the film too long and unresolved family drama that could have been better explored, I wasn’t able to love this film as it should be.

Between (2019) Review: Sexy Dresses, Unneeded Scenes and Unresolved Conflicts.

“Sex and Sexy Dresses Will Save Your Marriage.”

Apparently, a wife is the reason her husband cheats and it’s the woman’s responsibility to fix her cheating husband. At least, that’s what the makers of Between in the character of Chelsea insinuated.

I went back to watch the film again, just to see if I was wrong about what I heard. Turns out, I wasn’t wrong.

When Chelsea went to Melissa’s (her client) house to tell her that Scott (Meilssa’s husband) cheated, she went on a rampage monologue about how married women need to “up their game” if they don’t want their husbands to cheat.

Basically, she told Melissa, “Once you wear sexy clothes, do some makeup and offer him sex on a platter, he’ll stop cheating and your marriage is FIXED!”

Give sexy dresses an award!

Chelsea went on and on about how Scott wants this, Scott wants that, but nowhere in the movie did Scott ever say why he cheated on his wife. Suddenly, Chelsea is an expert on why Scott cheated and how Melissa can get him back.

Chelsea later took Melissa to get a makeover to seduce her husband. When Scott gets back home, they have sex, she cooks the next morning and the marriage is saved!

Not only did Scott not say why he cheated, but the assumptions and words spoken in this film puts the blame of cheating on the partner who was cheated on, and not the one who deliberately did the cheating.

I do not see how this could not have been deliberate. Between really set the bar low and made men out to be rabid dogs whose only desire is to have sex, be seduced and be cooked for. If this is the agenda everyone on set wants to push, then the comment section on Youtube shows they have done a good job.

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Unnecessary Scenes

At first, it was all well and good, the story was progressing nicely,and I was liking it, until I started seeing unnecessary reasons why the film was over two hours long. There are scenes that could have been thrown away and some that should have been ten seconds.

Take for example, the scene where Scott takes Chelsea away for the weekend and after dinner, they have this conversation about Africa and how it’s portrayed in the media.

As much as Africans need to challenge stereotypes, this particular scene had no connection to the plot. It was over five minutes spent on idle talk.

By the time it gets to the big, people are already to tired and weary to actually be invested in it. If you take away those elongated scenes and just cut to the chase, Between might have been just over an hour .

Unresolved Family Discord

Right from beginning, Chelsea didn’t have a good relationship with her family. They were on her neck to get married, or at least find a man. After four divorces, Chelsea was not in the mood for any discussion that had to do with getting romantically involved with any man. When her brother went to her house to check on her, she blew a gasket and threw him out.

Her brother calls later in the film but Chelsea doesn’t take his call. A concerned neighbor, Ruby, advises Chelsea to call her brother and make amends. Despite Ruby’s death, she doesn’t call her brother back and make amends with her family even till the film ends.

Question! Why put the disconnection with her family in the story and not resolve it in the end? Why wasn’t there any reconciliation? This hole makes mentioning her family even more irrelevant than the scene about Africa.

Final Thoughts On Between

If you’ve read this far, you know that this review isn’t from a place of hate. I simply pointed out where the makers of Between could have done better. Like I earlier said, Between has it’s good sides but these points I’ve raised are the reasons why I couldn’t enjoy it.

You may enjoy it, so I’m going to leave the link to Watch Between On Youtube.

I also wrote a review of Between where I talked about it’s good sides on Dey There. You can read that as well.

I’m sure the makers of Between can do better than this. I haven’t watched other films by them so I don’t know if this is a fundamental problem or just a momentary lapse in judgement. Altogether, I do hope to see improvements in their other works, so maybe I’ll watch them in coming weeks.

Till then, Between wasn’t it for me.

12 thoughts on “Between (2019): “Sex and Sexy Dresses Will Save Your Marriage” – Movie Review”

  1. I felt bothered about that part where the movie reinforced the stereotype of men being cheaters and the problem is women.

    What happened to fidelity?

    Well, not many people have morals or life values, so I guess this is expectable!

  2. I haven’t seen the movie yet but haven had different conversations with some married women ( Africans mostly), I’ve come to realize that there’s a stereotype that paints the woman as the “causer” of a cheating husband. Society has raised the woman to be entirely responsible for a man’s action, which is why a wife can be a very good woman, yet her husband would cheat and the world would blame her for not “dressing well, cooking enough, sleeping with him enough or even praying for him well enough” Some of these producers really have to wake up and act movies raising the bar for boys/men and making them see why they should be responsible for their own actions.
    Secondly, as a screen writer, I’ve come to notice that the average Nigerian movie producer/ director wants unnecessary lines just to elongate movies. They ask you to add so many useless comic reliefs it sickens one.
    Hopefully, one of them sees this review and acts better.
    Welldone!

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  4. I for one couldn’t endure the unnecessary lengthy scenes.. I gave up at the point where she felt there was an intruder in the house, she picked up a base ball bat and the makers made us watch 5 long minutes of Chelsea tiptoeing the staircase to find her brother chilling in the loo I figured it was time I’d preserve my data.
    Ps. I personally thought Mellisa looked waaaaay better before the makeover!!!

    Great review!

    1. That’s one of the scenes that should have been deleted . I was about packing up too but I thought the movie will redeem itself.

      Melissa looked better too. They basically used eyeliner and scattered her hair so

  5. Samuel Olowookere

    I watched this finally.

    I’m happy I did before reading your review. I would have thought my opinions were being influenced based on how most are similar to yours.

    In my opinion, scriptwriters need to do more to correct rather than perpetuate stereotypes. Movies influence more than they think, and no where is it ok for another human to take responsibilities for another’s decision to do the morally and contractually wrong thing.

    It’s like a thief saying it’s his victim’s fault for living in convenience, forgetting there is his own covetousness.

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