Why “Nappily Ever After” is Every Woman's Movie
Stuck in terrible traffic with two hours to spare? Alone at home with nothing to do, while your family and friends are out on a Friday night? Well, if Netflix is an option, there’s a new original film in their lineup that you should watch.
Based on the first novel in Trisha Thomas’ series of the same name, Nappily Ever After (produced by Halle Berry and Marc E. Platt, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour) tells the story of Violet Jones (played by Sanaa Lathan), an advertising executive who is dedicated to making her life perfect — from having an enviable love life, a successful career, and, most especially, flawless hair.
While it’s easy to think that Nappily Ever After is a true story — success stories are not as rare as we might think — it’s actually a piece of fiction. And this only makes the film worth watching.
Violet Jones is the woman we aspire to be…
It’s always a good hair day for Vi. She’s so charming; she literally turns heads as she walks.
It’s also as if she has her life figured out: she enjoys what she's doing and she gets exactly what she wants. She’s #goals, and her story tells us that we can be who we want to be.
…but Violet Jones is also the woman we are.
Still, no matter how much Vi strives for perfection — and how much she seems to have attained her carefully mapped out dreams — we have no doubt that she still sleeps with insecurity and wakes with the struggle for self-acceptance.
Don’t we all feel the same? There are times when we religiously keep a skin care routine to achieve a clear and smooth skin, then an acne shows up, and our self-esteem crumbles. Or just think about how hard we try to always look and be our best because we’re afraid of how people might perceive us.
Violet is the same.
The songs are the anthem of our lives.
Every song used in this film is lit (!!!) and they span different genres so there’s def something for you. They are easily relatable to any particular point in our life, and we can sway to their beat.
#NoteToSelf: You don't need a man to complete you.
Without trying to spoil the details of the film here, one key takeaway is that any woman won’t need a man to boost our self-worth. *wink*
Learn to embrace the real you.
The protagonist of the story, our dear Vi, will go through a low point in her life, which will make her rethink her life choices. At the end of her struggle, she rises up stronger and better with the knowledge and acceptance of who she truly is.