Sugar Rush Parent Guide
This feels like a made-for-TV movie from the 1970s with a clunky script and cheesy acting.
Parent Movie Review
Susie Sugar (Adesua Etomi-Wellington) is the most enterprising of the three Sugar sisters. Desperate to fund her widowed mother’s expensive cancer treatment, Susie is selling “Compound V”, which is almost certainly a bogus aphrodisiac, to wealthy men. Her two sisters, Bola and Sola (played by Bimbo Ademoye and Bisla Aiyeola), who are Nigeria’s equivalent to “Dumb and “Dumber”, are completely obsessed with shopping and partying. One evening, Sola’s attempt to charm money from an elderly man coincides with Susie’s plan to sell him some Compound V and the two women find his dead body, along with a duffel bag full of cash. Sola is convinced that the money is a gift from God, and despite Susie’s better judgment, they take the money home.
Susie is anxious about the windfall and counsels caution, but Bola and Sola have no self-control and within three days they have burned through $150,000. A new house, cars, clothes, parties…you name it; the women have thrown money at it. Not surprisingly, this burst of big spending catches the attention of two groups – the police and the criminal underworld. Susie, Bola, and Sola are soon to be trapped between both factions, with old family secrets serving to make their stake in the conflicts even more personal.
I have to admit that I have no experience with Nigerian cinema and can’t tell you how this production compares to other movies from the region. I also don’t know if there are cultural subtleties that I’m missing. What I can tell you is that Sugar Rush doesn’t stand up well to Hollywood’s comic thrillers. It feels like a made-for-TV movie from the 1970s with poor writing and a ludicrous plot. Perhaps the most ridiculous part of the story is its clumsy incorporation of magical elements – an invisible car and a man who can’t be shot – none of which are ever explained in terms of either technology or enchantment. If that isn’t bad enough, the film is burdened by lots of hammy, scenery-chewing actors. Uzor Arukwe as Knight is particularly notable for the sheer awfulness of his performance. He shouts all his dialogue, although, to be fair, he might be yelling to be heard over the “sound of doom” music that plays whenever he appears on screen.
There aren’t a lot of reasons to watch this film, but if you decide to make it a family movie night feature, you can be reassured that it falls into the PG-13 range. Profanity and sexual content are almost non-existent and the only real issue in the movie is violence. There are disturbing scenes where women are tied up and then hung from their wrists, and a scene where people are tied up and have flammable liquid poured all over them. There are also frequent fist fights and scenes where guns are pulled and fired. Sadly, there are no positive messages in the movie either, aside from a few brief discussions of fighting governmental corruption. Sugar Rush doesn’t rush – its pacing is uneven – and it certainly isn’t a sweet treat either. If you’re looking for an after-dinner movie treat, there are far better films to watch.Directed by Kayode Kasum. Starring Bimbo Adeoye, Bisola Aiyeloa, Uzor Arukwe. Running time: 120 minutes. Theatrical release July 3, 2020. Updated October 27, 2020
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Sugar Rush rated Not Rated? Sugar Rush is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
Violence: Women are slapped as they are tied by the wrists and hanging from a bar. A character mentions the murder of her father. There are a few physical altercations which involve pushing, throwing, and punching. Women are involved in one of these fights and are thrown to the floor. A man is thrown through a window. A man hits another one with a stick. A murdered man is seen and there is blood on the floor. People are held at gunpoint on several occasions. A shootout takes place and people die. Main characters are tied up and a flammable liquid is poured around them. A man is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head. An elderly woman is taken hostage. A man threatens to cut people’s throats. A man gets hit by a bus and dies on screen. Women are tasered and thrown in a van. Police officers are repeatedly tasered. A person is described as being so dangerous that he eats corn flakes made from human skulls. A woman is told to poison people and puts drugs in their drinks.
Sexual Content: A man and woman are shown in bed together in the morning; no sexual activity is seen. A woman tells a man he can sleep in her room. A man tells a woman she can sexually harass him. A woman stares at a shirtless man.
Profanity: There are two terms of deity and three minor curse words.
Alcohol / Drug Use: There are a few scenes of minor social drinking. A woman sells an unnamed drug which is likely an aphrodisiac.
Page last updated October 27, 2020
Sugar Rush Parents' Guide
Why does Susie agree to take the money home? How does Sola convince her that it’s really political activism instead of theft? Why do we so easily rationalize doing things that we know we shouldn’t?