Nappily Ever After
|Nappily Ever After|
|Directed by||Haifaa al-Mansour|
|Based on||Nappily Ever After|
by Trisha R. Thomas
|Music by||Lesley Barber|
Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus. It is based on the novel of the same name by Trisha R. Thomas. The film stars Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle, and Camille Guaty.
The film was released on September 21, 2018, by Netflix.
A young, black woman, Violet (Sanaa Lathan), has a seemingly perfect life: she is successful in her job as an advertising executive, has been with her boyfriend Clint (Ricky Whittle), a doctor, for two years, and has perfect long straight hair, despite the effort it takes to maintain. Violet shares a close relationship with her mother, Pauletta (Lynn Whitfield), who has always attempted to keep Violet the vision of perfection. She and Violet's father (Ernie Hudson) recently became estranged after he quit his job to pursue modeling. Violet expects Clint to propose on her birthday, and after getting sprayed by the neighbor's hose, visits a salon to attempt to get her hair fixed. The salonist makes a mistake Violet causes a scene, insulting the salon owner’s daughter's afro since she was partly responsible for the incident, and then gets a weave to cover her head.
Violet is sorrowfully disappointed when Clint doesn't propose. She confronts him, only leading to a break up, Violet tries out blonde hair, has a disastrous night out with her friends, and goes to visit Clint, only to find him with a new woman. She is devastated and shaves her head.
Initially horrified with what she has done, Violet cries in the bathroom at work. A woman in the bathroom suggests she come to her support group. Violet attends the group only to discover it is a cancer support group. Violet apologizes, but the group leader gives her words of support. She grows confidence in her new look. She begins dating the owner of the hair salon, Will (Lyriq Bent), and befriends his young daughter, Zoe (Daria Johns). The two quickly grow close, and he attends her mother's Fourth of July party, only to be disrespected by Pauletta, who makes condescending comments about Will and his career choice. Will breaks up with her following this and tells Violet to "get herself sorted." After Violet loses a pitch for an ad campaign using real women to a male colleague's standard idea using blonde models, she quits her job.
- Sanaa Lathan as Violet Jones
- Ernie Hudson as Richard Jones
- Lyriq Bent as Will Wright
- Lynn Whitfield as Pauletta Jones
- Ricky Whittle as Clint Conrad
- Camille Guaty as Wendy
- Brittany S. Hall as Natasha
- Daria Johns as Zoe Wright
- Danielle Lyn as Alicia
- Puff the Dog as Lola
The romantic comedy project Nappily Ever After was previously in development by Universal Pictures in 2003, when the studio had Patricia Cardoso to direct the film adaptation of Trisha R. Thomas' novel of same name, and the script was written by Tina Gordon Chism which was later rewritten by Lisa Loomer. Halle Berry was boarded to star in the film which had producers Berry and Marc Platt along with Vincent Cirrincione and Angela DeJoseph.
On August 15, 2017, it was announced that the film was now developing by Netflix and Sanaa Lathan was cast to play the lead role, which Haifaa al-Mansour would direct from a screenplay by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus. Producers would be Platt, Tracey Bing, Jared Leboff, and Lathan. Ernie Hudson also joined the film to play Violet Jones' (Lathan) father Richard. In August 2017, Lynn Whitfield had joined the film to play Violet's mother, Paulette. In September 2017, more cast was announced which included Ricky Whittle as Clint, a doctor from London who has a long-term relationship with Violet; Lyriq Bent to play Will Wright, a hair stylist and salon owner who starts a new relationship with Violet; and Camille Guaty also joined the film to play Wendy, one of Violet's best friends. On September 11, 2017, Brittany S. Hall was cast in the film to play one of Violet's best friends.
The film was released on September 21, 2018.
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