Phone Swap is a 2012 Nollywood movie produced by Kunle Afolayan. It stars Nse Ikpe-Etim and Wale Ojo, with Joke Silva, Chika Okpala and Ada Ameh.
The plot follows Mary Oyenokwe, a warm-hearted tailor, and Akin Cole, an arrogant and self-centred businessman. Mary gets a call from Owerri to come home and help with her sister’s marital issues, while Akin has to attend an important work retreat in Abuja. At the airport, they bump each other and accidentally switch phones, and somehow end up switching destinations too. Mary contacts Akin and they agree to help with each other’s problems.
If anything, Phone Swap succeeds as a comedy. There are a few moments that are meant to be funny but fall flat, but overall the movie is quite entertaining.
Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t quite get character development right, especially when it comes to Akin Cole. There are a lot of things happening in the movie and there’s not enough time for all of it.
Phone swap might have succeeded as a romantic comedy, but that is not the route they decided to take. The story is decent enough, though you will have to abandon logic at the airport scene. One big problem is Cynthia’s story. It was a good opportunity to show the seriousness of domestic violence directed towards men.
Phone Swap would have been nothing without its talented cast. Wale Ojo is perfect as a spoiled brat and Nse Ikpe-Etim is delightful as the innocent, warm woman. Ada Ameh is charming and enjoyable despite playing an overly violent character, and her addition to the story is the icing on the cake. We would have loved to see more of Joke Silva’s flawed mother character, but the film belongs to Mary and Akin.
Mary’s other family members include the warm Chika Okpala, who plays Mary’s father, and Charles Billion and Jay Jay Coker, who play Mary’s hilarious twin brothers. And we can’t forget Hafeez Oyetoro as Alex, Akin’s ever-frazzled, overworked assistant, who has the funniest expressions of misery.
The film’s budget was not wasted, and while we can’t say much about costume and makeup, the cinematography and photography are phenomenal. Everywhere, especially Mary’s village is made to look like heaven on earth. The farm, in particular, is made to look like a place you won’t mind living in.
All in all, Phone Swap is a movie worth watching, but don’t expect a romantic comedy.