Parents' Guide to

Soole

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bus riders robbed and abducted; violence, language.

Movie NR 2022 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

I wouldn’t recommend for kids or family watching though

I loved this movie so much, the person that made the review before this is clearly uneducated and needs to broaden their knowledge of the world. Every character represented in that bus is an embodiment of real life people and their personalities. Not every one in the bus is loud. And the people who were loud matched their personalities. In a city region, it’s normal to see varying personalities from the obnoxious pastor to the fiesta woman trying to survive, to mad women, to calm dangerous men to show offs, to smart lecturers. The movie is a thriller comedy with many unforeseen twists and it is very good watch especially if you are from nigeria where you are able to understand all the behaviors and wordings used. I highly recommend
age 15+

Letter to CommonSense

The review is actually for Common Sense reviewer. When reviewing a movie that is put of your culture, you have to be careful with how you review. For one, on diversity, the movie is very diverse for showing at least 4 out of the major tribes of the country(Delta, South South; Yoruba, South West; Hausa, North; Igbo; East). You cannot expect a Nigerian movie to showcase people of other countries at all times. We consider a movie that shows different tribes as diverse as opposed to an indigenous movie with just a tribe. Secondly, the movie also has a positive message that do not judge a book by its covers. The Nun is not a virgin as we would expect, but the wayward worldly looking girl is. Virginity is akin to sexual purity and good-girliness over here. She was also the one that fought for the driver to take the pregnant woman and her husband on board at a lesser fee, meaning she has human compassion despite how she looked. While, the pastor loved money. She also donated her meager money to the nun for the orphange. Another message is that the love of money is the root of all evil like the man that left his pregnant wife and met his demise. Now concerning the loud agitated voices, you also said it, they were in an agitated situation so I expect that agitated voices are appropriate there. I don't think anyone in such situations will have time to modulate their voices and talk in low tones while staring death in the face. That's how we talk over here in some situations, so as a Nigerian I understand. Anything less would have been remiss. They do say we are aggressive but we aren't, we are all bark and no bite. I do agree with your reviews on other counts and say they could do better with the quality of their actors. But I don't think it's as dismal as this review states. I believe it is disappointing and could be better. So many plot holes and unanswered questions, like the true origin of the money, how the robbers knew it would be there, why the woman bothered robbing the bus when she was still going to kidnap some passengers with the same robbery gang. So many but I'll stop here.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Soólè is a solid nominee for the worst movie of the year, any year. It would be wonderful to report that the badness is comic, but sadly it's just boring. A character cautions, "Let us not be collectively unfortunate," but those who stumble on this title will most certainly fall into that category. The clownish acting, the misjudged direction, and the senseless story are all part of a picture of overall incompetence. Even the mind-boggling absurdity of the plot fails to make this interesting. Nearly all communication among characters is delivered in loud voices and states of agitation bordering on bonkers. Whether prompted by the mere uttering of words from the Bible or by men shooting automatic weapons, the characters' responses are the same: panic, fury, spitting anger, jumping up and down, and yelling. This state of constant unnatural excitement makes it difficult to sort out important information from the unimportant and justifiably emotional moments from ones in which emotions seem to run high for no good reason. The first half-hour is just shy of unwatchable. The rest is worse. Just for fun, 30 minutes or so are shot almost entirely in red light.

With an annual output of nearly 2,500 films, Nigeria's Nollywood is the world's second-largest film industry, right behind India's Bollywood. Perhaps the films that don't make it out of the country are actually good. One would like to hope. As one character observes, "Even a bad clock is correct twice a day." Sorry, not this clock.

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