“Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” movie review

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I’m a sucker for forbidden love movies. There’s just something about watching two people fight for their love to be recognized.

This is exactly what “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” is all about.

 The romantic comedy is set in South Africa, where black Africans and white Africans don’t believe there should be any mixing of the races.


Fanie, a single, starving artist who lives at home with his mother, is dared by his brother to approach the next woman they see. The brother wanted to make sure Fanie had a date to his wedding.

Well, in walks Dinky, a dark-skinned African beauty.  Fanie’s initial approach didn’t go over well, but once Dinky saw him being teased by his brother and friends, she decides she’ll attend the wedding on one condition: He must go to her village and pretend he’s her boyfriend.

Dinky is a young woman with dreams of entrepreneurship, but she still lives at home with her dad. Dinky’s dad is ready for her to get married; however, he wants her to marry her ex, a rich guy who is a ladies’ man.

After fulfilling both ends of their deal, Fanie and Dinky start hanging out and before you know it, they fall in love.  They try to ignore the naysayers, but things become complicated when Dinky’s ex interferes with Fanie trying to give a lobola (dowry) for Dinky.

The lobola is a ritual that includes a lot of money and other gifts like cows. Fanie’s attempt at trying to do this is pretty funny. I will say like a lot of romantic comedies, this one had its predictable moments, but watching the trials and tribulations of the pair was enjoyable.

If you enjoy a good romantic comedy and forbidden love like I do, you’ll enjoy this movie, which will be released to the US on iTunes and video-on-demand on April 22.

Check out the trailer here:

*I was shown the movie for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.*

-Whitney-


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