Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus, Nappily Ever After is based on the novel of the same name by Trisha R. Thomas and is the newest romantic comedy to drop on Netflix. Starring Sanaa Latham as Violet, Nappily Ever After follows one woman’s journey as she discovers there’s more to her than just her hair.
Violet has the seemingly perfect life. She has good friends, she is successful in her job as an advertising executive and she has been with her boyfriend Clint for two years. But even better than all of that, she has her crowning glory – her perfect long straight hair.
Instilled in her since childhood, not matter how difficult or costly it is to maintain, Violet must have perfect hair. It’s how she defines herself.
When her boyfriend doesn’t propose to her on her birthday and instead gives her a dog the relationship hits a stumbling block. The sudden distraction causes her to lose an important account at work and suddenly Violet’s life is not so perfect any more.
When all things seem to conspire against her, Violet takes matters into her own hands. She shaves her head, finally realising that her hair has been a symbol of a life she doesn’t really want. With more time on her hands Violet starts to discover who she is when she stops trying to be perfect all the time.
She begins dating the owner of a hair salon, befriends his young daughter and when she loses a pitch for an ad campaign using real women, she quits her job. But the road to self-discovery never runs smooth and Violet’s is made all the more difficult with the interference of her mother, played by Lynn Whitfield.
Other cast members include Ernie Hudson as Richard Jones, Violet’s father, Ricky Whittle as Clint, Violet’s boyfriend, Lyric Bent as Will, the salon owner.
Ultimately Nappily Ever After is a lovely movie about one woman’s voyage through life. It explores the exploitation of women’s insecurities and how a multi-billion dollar industry prey’s on the notion that long flowing locks are the epitome of beauty. Sanna Latham shaved her head in what is undoubtedly an emotional and intense scene that most women will genuinely relate to.
It has been widely acclaimed for it’s premise with the likes of Oscar winner Viola Davis praising the movie for it’s empowering message. It has resonated with a lot of women and for that it must be commended. It’s not perfect but Nappily Ever After on Netflix has it’s good points and it is very easy to watch as a decent chick flick.