A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Wealth can spoil some children, but, if forced, they can learn to be responsible and hard-working.
Positive Role Models
A poor woman takes in someone who needs help. A spoiled 25-year-old man refuses to work while he lives at home with his rich mom, waiting for access to his large trust fund. Forced to fend for himself, he learns responsibility, compassion, thoughtfulness, and ambition.
The action takes place in Nigeria with an all-Nigerian cast. Some characters express prejudices against others for their origins.
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Violence & Scariness
A man has yelling fights with his mother. She has him arrested, claiming she's never seen him before. Someone has a car accident offscreen and ends up in the hospital in a coma. A mother slaps her adult son. Men get into many yelling matches. A man breaks a bottle and threatens an attacker.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women push their clothed breasts and waggle their bottoms into the faces of men who are not interested. A man and woman kiss, but he stops when he learns she is a virgin. He respectfully suggests they delay the big event until he can make sure the experience will be "special" for her. Later they start to kiss and it's suggested they have sex, but it's offscreen. No nudity. A woman suggests that eating too much sugar causes erectile dysfunction and impotence. A man claims that because he has never impregnated a woman, he's not a bad person.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," and "bitch." The "N" word is used twice.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer and wine. Some partyers seem to be smoking marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Breaded Life is a Nigerian feature that charts the growth of a spoiled rich man idly waiting to inherit his trust fund. He's forced into destitution, which teaches him to work hard and open his heart to others. The message is a valuable one for younger viewers, but the movie's length and repetitiveness may repel those who might best appreciate it. Women boast about their large breasts and buttocks and a man and woman kiss, but there's no nudity. A woman suggests that eating too much sugar causes erectile dysfunction and impotence. Infrequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," and "bitch." The "N" word is used twice. Adults drink beer and wine. Some partyers seem to be smoking marijuana. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The heart of Breaded Life is in the right place. If you can see your way through the many poorly-directed, over-long scenes, dreadful improvisational dialog full of needless repetitions, and the actors' shared penchant for unnecessarily yelling many of their lines, eventually a movie about decency, responsibility, and the power of love emerges from the chaos for a satisfying if still amateurish ending.
The director-writer seems to believe that every point worth making is worth making multiple times. The transformations of a spoiled, lazy son into an earnest and hard-working one, as well as his shrewish mother's metamorphosis into a loving and forgiving parent, are wildly unconvincing. The movie comes to an oversimplified conclusion akin to Dorothy awakening at the end of The Wizard of Oz to find everyone's transformed, a conclusion that feels dubious at best. But the end has almost sufficient value to make the difficult trip through this movie nearly worth it.
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