Parents' Guide to

The Man of God

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Nigerian drama has abuse, language, smoking.

Movie NR 2022 111 minutes
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This is a "Nollywood" take on the prodigal son story. The Man of God is the somewhat unwieldy story of Samuel, a man who escapes his family and his father's abuse in order to pursue being a musician in the mold of his hero, Fela Kuti. While he attends church, he's also a womanizer who breaks hearts and also gets his own heart broken. It can be quite melodramatic at times, and there's a rawness to this unorthodox faith-based story that's likely to be a bit much for faith-based viewers who are accustomed to a much more sanitized reality conveyed in their entertainment.

In the middle of all of this are some wonderful musical sequences, live Afrobeat-style performances that are entertaining in and of themselves. The story itself isn't a love triangle so much as it is a love octagon among Samuel, three women, and at least four of the seven deadly sins. Some of the transitions in time are not the smoothest, and the ending comes across as more than a little forced to fit the overall theme. And yet, the acting is solid across the board, the story mostly holds together, and it's a fascinating glimpse into the social and political power that religion wields in this country's culture.

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