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Jumping the Broom (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: Its heart is in the right place -- and so is its appealing cast -- but Jumping the Broom is ultimately too cliched and thinly written to recommend.

47%
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Its heart is in the right place -- and so is its appealing cast -- but Jumping the Broom is ultimately too cliched and thinly written to recommend.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 19,403

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Movie Info

A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding. -- (C) Sony

Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Elizabeth Hunter , Arlene Gibbs
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 9, 2011
Box Office:
$37.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Jumping the Broom

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (36) | DVD (3)

Class differences and family resentments add to the hubbub surrounding an African-American wedding on Martha's Vineyard in this perceptive, faith-based romantic comedy.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It shouldn't seem as novel as it does.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

"The comedy is as familiar as the ceremony at a cookie-cutter wedding factory: Much feels old or borrowed; nothing feels new."

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

"Jumping the Broom" combines tried-and-true oil-water class tensions with the challenges of modern romance and family, then adds some African-American flavors.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's fun at times, if a bit over-dramatic and a lot over-the-top. But by the end, you're ready for it to be over.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

True, the script overreaches, crammed with too many characters, subplots and stereotypes. But at least it's trying. And at least there isn't a phony in the bunch.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Pleasant and cheerful, and that sort of thing should be encouraged sometimes.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

Like a Tyler Perry movie with polish

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Hits the intended mix of smiles, tears, and family-affirming warmth.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

...a perfectly watchable romantic comedy that benefits from the efforts of its eclectic cast and from the appreciatively (and increasingly) trashy turns in the narrative.

Full Review… | August 7, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

A pleasant sitcom-level mix of comedy, romance and soapy melodrama, plus low-key Bible-thumping (celebrity evangelist T.D. Jakes is a producer).

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This extremely formulaic time-waster offers little beyond its lame Hallmark greeting-card platitudes.

Full Review… | June 7, 2011
Total Film

You might get swept away by 'Jumping the Broom.'

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

An incredibly shrill comedy...the surface elegance somehow only makes the underlying nastiness more noticeable.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

It's fun to watch this thoroughly professional cast put through some predictable paces ...

Full Review… | May 15, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Part drama,part comedy but everything blends together rather than clashes.

Full Review… | May 14, 2011
jackiekcooper.com

... an intelligent script ... and fine acting ...

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Sacramento News & Review

There's a reason this formula has endured so long: When you plug the right variables into it, it still can make for an enjoyable, if predictable, story. This film proves it.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Times-Picayune

The cast completely sells this movie and the script gives them some fun moments to work with, even with its imperfections.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Movies.com

It's laugh out loud funny from start to finish.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Movies.com

Jumping the Broom is the mess you get when you mix Romeo and Juliet with Are We There Yet? and Meet the Fockers.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Boston Phoenix

Sparring culture clash, crammed full of familiar stereotypes

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
SSG Syndicate

The contributions of some game actors are the only thing standing between the film and absolute irrelevance, as it attempts to be all things and in the process manages to be none of them.

Full Review… | May 11, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

I would have loved more talk about the meaning behind 'jumping the broom' and less moments of a mother desperate to hold on to her son.

Full Review… | May 10, 2011
The Scorecard Review

The African-American answer to 'Meet the Parents!'

Full Review… | May 9, 2011
NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for Jumping the Broom

Virtually, if you‚(TM)ve seen any wedding comedy‚"be it FATHER OF THE BRIDE, MY BEST FRIEND‚(TM)S WEDDING, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, BRIDESMAIDS, AMERICAN WEDDING, MEET THE PARENTS, or anything along those lines‚"you‚(TM)ve seen JUMPING THE BROOM. The script follows the same structure that has made such films clich√ (C)d, unless they are workshopped beyond predictability. Woman meets man, man meets woman. Relationship doesn‚(TM)t work out. Subtitle rolls in: ‚Five seconds later‚¶‚? Cue man surprising woman, and all of a sudden relationship works out. Man proposes to woman. Wedding is planned. Families meet. One family member makes an attempt to screw up wedding. Tension builds up. Woman calls off wedding, but deep down, we know from similar experiences that it will eventually happen (without giving any actual spoilers). Insert intermittent sighs and groans. Okay, and a few genuine intermittent laughs. I admit to emitting sophisticated chuckles twice during this film: when a member of Jason‚(TM)s family interpreted Sabrina‚(TM)s mother‚(TM)s line, ‚Va jouer avec ta putain,‚? as, ‚I gon‚(TM) hit‚(TM)chu onna head wit‚(TM) a computer;‚? and when a member of Jason‚(TM)s family called the Cupid Shuffle ‚the hokey pokey for black people.‚? Those were about the only two bright, clever spots in this otherwise typical film.

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

½

Jumping the Broom is not a Tyler Perry movie, but it couldve fooled me. The plot has been done many times before and bored the crap out of me, nothing in the movie was surprising or fun, it was just another wedding movie with family problems. The dramatic scenes in the film were great however, one moment near the end I almost cried, and you really grow to love and hate some of these characters. The cast was not actually that bad, I liked these characters but some were kind of annoying, but these were good performances. The comedy portion was not funny at all, I never laughed or found it amusing, but then again I despise most romantic comedies, so I expected not to find t funny. Jumping the Broom is a movie you can miss, it wasn't that funny.

DreamExtractor
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

Seen it once, seen it a thousand times. An uptown girl falls in love with a downtown guy, they get engaged and before getting married the two different worlds collide, hard. Then all gets better, wedding goes on, and a big line dance finish at the end. Not a bad movie. All in all, though, this movie has been done, ALOT. Let's move on now...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Jumping the Broom is not a Tyler Perry movie, but it couldve fooled me. The plot has been done many times before and bored the crap out of me, nothing in the movie was surprising or fun, it was just another wedding movie with family problems. The dramatic scenes in the film were great however, one moment near the end I almost cried, and you really grow to love and hate some of these characters. The cast was not actually that bad, I liked these characters but some were kind of annoying, but these were good performances. The comedy portion was not funny at all, I never laughed or found it amusing, but then again I despise most romantic comedies, so I expected not to find t funny. Jumping the Broom is a movie you can miss, it wasn't that funny.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer

Jumping the Broom Quotes


Willie Earl: If you keep fighting progress, you're gonna find yourself on the wrong side of history.
– Submitted by Natalia G (3 years ago)
Willie Earl: Aint nothin wrong with a little biscuits and gravy.
– Submitted by Blaire L (3 years ago)
Sabrina Watson: If it wasn't for your mother I wouldn't be questioning if you are the man I want to marry.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Mrs. Taylor: This family thinks they are better than us!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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