Nothing for Mahala

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Nothing for Mahala
The team behind TV's Soul City have produced this 'educational' comedy to help adjust peoples' attitudes to money. An up-and-coming property agent is desperate to make his mark in life and believes you have to spend money in order to make it. The only problem is that he is spending a lot more than he is making, driving the flashy car and trying to outdo the neighbours. This extravagant lifestyle gets him into trouble with loan sharks and, through a series of mishaps, in trouble with the law. He gets sentenced to 200 hours of community service at an old-age home. There he meets a grumpy old man who spent his life chasing money and now finds himself miserable and alone. Their story is a comic clash of cultures spiced up with hard-hitting life lessons. There's also a chance for love with a woman who has a totally different value system.

105 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Almost a chain gang.
Almost a chain gang.


Thapelo Mokoena, Marius Weyers, Jamie Bartlett, Mmabatho Montsho, Lillian Dube, Kenneth Nkosi
Rolie Nikiwe
ScreenplayDarrel Bristow-Bovey
MusicBrendan Jury
CinematographyRory O'Grady
EditingMelanie Jankes Golden
Sound formats
Made in2013
Produced byNGO Heartlines, Quizzical Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama [sic], should be Comedy
LanguageComplex but not harmful
ViolenceMild and infrequent
Drug abuseMild alcohol consumption and smoking
CommentsThe movie contains positive resolutions, i.e. there is more to life than wealth and money. The sheer positive resolution that comes out of the movie is reconciliation. When Xolile learns this lesson from Hendrick, i.e. that there's money [sic] he launches a campaign of epic proportions, to save the old age home. He also begins to pursue altruistic virtues, e.g. he facilitates the reconciliation between Hendrick and his estranged daughter.
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconWhile away free time with audience pleaser.
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconFliek laat weinig te wense oor.
Cape Times
Steyn du Toit quote iconNo such thing as a free lunch.

Average .. 50%



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