Jumping The Broom
Jumping the Broom
Director: Salim Akil
Writers: Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs
Cast: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, Julie Bowen, DeRay Davis, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps, Pooch Hall, Romeo, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gary Dourdan, T.D. Jakes, El DeBarge, Tenika Davis, Vera Cudjoe, Will Lemay, Laura Kohoot, Marguerite McNeil
Synopsis: A collision of worlds occurs when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for the wedding of Sabrina and Jason. But doubts about their impending marriage begin to seep in when they confront difficult future in-laws, pressure from friends, and revelations of dirty secrets.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content and language.
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Another Damn Cliche Romantic Comedy...lord help us!
Okay folks, you know the drill by now when it comes to romantic comedies. Two people meet, and fall in love, but there's always some sort of obstacle in their path; whether it be that one or both parties are involved with someone else, the two sides hate each other...but secretly love each other...(wink wink), both come from different worlds...or in some cases, the in-laws are just total pricks . Well if you guessed the later two of these problems, then you're right, as the in-laws, who come from different sociological backgrounds on both sides seem to be the main obstacle in this latest romantic comedy designed to appeal urbanized society.
Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) plays a girl that grows up in a upper class family, but she's never been able to meet the right guy. Often falling for the playboy types that woo the pants off her, but they always turn out to be selfish creeps that only act sweet to get laid. Frustrated and confused, Sabrina makes a prayer to god saying that she'll never have sex again until she's married, but she asks god in return to give her a sign about which man she's supposed to be with. And, she specifically asks him to make it damn near obvious, as she literally hits the guy with her car while driving to work one day. Well to make a long story short, they've been happy ever since. Gee, if only it was that easy in real life, as I'd definitely run over some cute girl out there to get her to fall in love with me. Of course, I'm being sarcastic with that last statement for those that couldn't tell, as I don't even own a car! And even if I did,...I wouldn't recommend it...but you get the idea.
Anyway, they date each other for a few months, and they seem like the perfect couple. Unfortunately, Sabrina is offered a job out of state, so she'll be forced to relocate soon. Therefore, she asks if her new boyfriend, Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso), if they could date each other long distance for a while, and he turns her down. Not because he doesn't love her, but he doesn't believe in the concept of long distance relationships; thus they are at an impasse. However, Jason doesn't want to lose Sabrina either, so he ends up proposing to her, and she gleefully accepts. Indeed, all seems right in the world again, as both Sabrina and Jason couldn't be happier about their marriage. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Jason's family, as his mom (played by Loretta Devine) is kind of pissed off about the whole situation.
To Mrs. Taylor, she feels it's disrespectful for Sabrina to suddenly make Jason marry her like this before even meeting his family. To make matters worse, Sabrina doesn't exactly make a good first impression when her first initial contact with her was a text asking her for baby photos of Jason. Yeah, I can already tell this isn't going to end well...
Anyway, the families meet each other for the first time on the week of the wedding, and things start to hit the fan immediately. I can't really say what happens from here without giving too much away, but let's just say that lies are exposed, comical situations are set up, sexual "tongue and cheek" humor, a lot of animosity between the families, and a Hollywood cliched ending that could only happen in a film. You gotta love it! Before I get into my analysis of the film, I would like to briefly explain what the term "Jumping the Broom" is for those that might not be familiar with the phrase.
"Jumping the Broom" is basically a ceremony that has taken place as early as the 1600's, as it was derived from Africa. The act itself symbolizes how the couple sweeps away all their previous concerns from their single lives, and jumps into starting a new life together by jumping over the broom. What does that have to do with the movie? Well other than the act of jumping over the broom is portrayed in the film, the problems that Sabrina and Jason's family go through is pretty hectic to say the least. But In the end, things end in a rather cliched way that only happens in a film, as our couple jumps over the broom to leave their previous problems behind them, as they sweep away all their differences, and everyone loves each other. Hooray!
For what "Jumping the Broom" is supposed to be, I would say it's fairly decent. The comedy in this film is enjoyable, and relatively inoffensive enough for most couples to enjoy. Plus, "Jumping the Broom" does have a few unexpected plot twists to keep the movie fairly interesting. Unfortunately, the film tends to fall into every damn cliche of the genre as possible, while ripping off the "Meet the Fockers" concept of playing up the angst of having your family meet your in-laws for the first time.
In the end, I'd have to give this movie a two out of four. If you're just looking for a decent romantic comedy to enjoy with your lover, then this might be the film for you, as the comedy is sensible enough to appeal to both sexes. I just wouldn't expect it be anything more. Definitely worth a rental, but I wouldn't pay to see this in a theater.
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