Parents' Guide to

A Sunday Affair

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Best friends love same married man; language, sex.

Movie NR 2023 96 minutes
A Sunday AffairA movie poster: a man and two women are together

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Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Nollywood

It was unlike any other Nigerian movie. It was impressive, brilliant and breathtaking. Nearly brought me to tears as I bashed my hands in applause at the end. It’s a movie to watch and a leap for the nollywood industry. This romance film of an hour and thirty-six minutes was the best of my life. A top recommendation for anyone interested in nollywood films.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

It's not easy to tell a sad story well, and A Sunday Affair is proof of just how difficult it is. Like Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, and other tales of young people going too soon, this one has all the circumstantial elements -- strong friendships, complicated romances, and illness. But the deficits -- a lack of believable, likable characters and a plausible story -- are overwhelming and squash the enterprise to a mushy pulp.

The filmmakers take step after step in the wrong direction. Sunday knows he has to break off his relationships with both Toyin and Uche, but after the in-person break-up with one goes badly, he decides the experience was too painful and therefore, in cowardly fashion, he'll "have" to "ghost" the other. Sunday is charming and handsome, but he's not a great guy. So when he steps up to take care of a sick person at the end, his actions are completely unbelievable. This film wins for the largest collection of lead characters with terrible judgment. A woman fighting for her life learns she's pregnant and even though she may already have damaged the fetus with chemotherapy treatments, decides to quit the chemo that may save her life and have a baby she may not live to give birth to or take care of. At seven months pregnant, and still ill, she decides it's a good idea to travel to another country for vacation. The tagged-on ending, meant to explain everything, feels contrived and retrospectively unbelievable.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: February 14, 2023
  • Cast: Oris Erhuero , Dakore Akande
  • Director: Walter Taylaur
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female writers, Black writers
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 21, 2023

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