Ty Burr
October 21, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Jit

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Dominic Makuvachuma, Sibongile Nene
genre
Comedy

We gave it an B+

The plot will seem either foolproof or tired, depending on your mood: A country boy (Makuvachuma) uses pluck and good fortune to woo a remote Venus (Nene) away from her gangster boyfriend. Luckily, this English-language comedy from Zimbabwe has three things going for it: a playfully slapstick sense of magic realism, a leading lady of astonishing grace and beauty, and a non-stop soundtrack of propulsive jit jive (the African pop music that carries a rootsy C&W feel). As with classic Hollywood musicals, the story almost needs to be silly when the tunes are this terrific. B+

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