Disconnect: The Wedding Planner Ending Explained – why doesn’t Dale invest in Otis’s company?

By Lori Meek
Published: January 14, 2023 (Last updated: December 17, 2023)

We discuss the ending of the Netflix film Disconnect: The Wedding Planner, which will contain spoilers.

Released five years after the first Disconnect movie, Netflix’s Nigerian rom-com follows a group of people who are they’re trying to put together a wedding in the stunning city of Mombasa. The film was written and directed by David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga, who’s also behind the award-winning feature Nairobi Half Life

Synopsis according to my review: 

Disconnect: The Wedding Planner starts with Otis, our lead, breaking the heart of a young woman he’s been dating by making it painfully clear he’s not interested in a serious relationship. What he is interested in, however, is to secure an investment from his Nigerian friend, Dale, who’s busy planning his wedding with Rita. Desperate to save his dying company, Otis promises to arrange a destination Yoruba wedding for Dale in the seaside city of Mombasa. Of course, the wedding planner Otis hired to help, disappears with all his money, meaning the poor playboy is forced to travel to the beach resort and plan the event himself.

There are a lot of characters introduced in this film, making it a bit difficult to keep up. Otis, the protagonist, is a divorced commitmentphobe and the mother of his child hates him (presumably for cheating on her too much.) Then, there’s TK, a successful businesswoman, and the protagonist’s main love interest, who keeps rejecting his advances because she knows he has commitment issues. Their friends, Celine and Richard have been dating for the past four years, but they seem to be constantly arguing and they’re in therapy. Sadly, their therapist is beyond useless. Otis’s best friend and business partner, Khalid, is fed up with our hero’s bad business acumen. And their other friend, Judy, has just found out her fiance was being unfaithful, so she spends a good part of the movie looking sad.

When Otis finds out he’s been scammed the scene mirrors the exact moment poor Judy finds out she’s been cheated on, with the film trying to suggest there’s even a remote similarity between these two life events. Otis responds to the news by getting drunk at work and dancing inappropriately in the middle of his office. July, on the other hand, copes with her fiance’s infidelity by sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend.

Disconnect: The Wedding Planner Ending Explained

Despite a few hitches along the way (including Otis neglecting to actually organize the Yoruba wedding he promised), Dale and Rita happily tie the knot. However, during the party, Otis learns all his efforts were for nothing as Dale will not be investing in his company. To make matters worse, our protagonist and his love interest, TK, have a huge fight because she loves him, while he loves sleeping with as many women as possible. 

Meanwhile, Richard (who just proposed despite spending half the movie cheating on his girlfriend) is disappointed to find out that Celine had slept with Josh a few years back, while poor Celine is even more devastated when she learns about her boyfriend sleeping with Judy just a day or two before. However, Richard and Celine do reconcile when she witnesses him rejecting the hotel manager’s advances. Judy has little to say for herself, but she does give Otis some valuable advice about how to approach TK. 

Back in Nairobi, Otis approaches Khalid to apologize for having been bad at business. While Khalid doesn’t apologize for basically poaching Dale and convincing him not to invest in Otis, he does offer our hero a job at his newly opened company. 

Now gainfully employed, Otis approaches TK and finally commits to her. Not before telling her she was right about the wedding cake (She wasn’t. The bride wanted fondant cake, and TK decided butter cake was a better idea, which led to a brawl between the two women in the middle of a hotel lobby).

The movie ends with Celine and Richard at the doctor’s office, getting an ultrasound as the happy couple is now expecting a baby. While exiting the office they run into Judy, who’s also pregnant and now dating Khalid. The question begs, is Judy’s baby Khalid’s or Richard’s? 

As the credits roll, we get a clip of Wale Ojo’s character and his best friend (Dale and Rita’s respective fathers) on the beach as they’re hitting on two young women. By young, I mean they could be the two men’s granddaughters. 

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