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Jumping the Broom (2011)



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

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.


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

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.



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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



Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs

Aug 9, 2011


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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.

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It shouldn't seem as novel as it does.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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"The comedy is as familiar as the ceremony at a cookie-cutter wedding factory: Much feels old or borrowed; nothing feels new."

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comment (1)
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"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.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (3)
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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.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (4)
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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.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Pleasant and cheerful, and that sort of thing should be encouraged sometimes.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Like a Tyler Perry movie with polish

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

...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.

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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).

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

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

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Sparring culture clash, crammed full of familiar stereotypes

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
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.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
The Scorecard Review

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

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (2)

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.

April 29, 2012

Super Reviewer

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...
August 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

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.
December 2, 2011
Bradley Wright

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    1. Willie Earl: If you keep fighting progress, you're gonna find yourself on the wrong side of history.
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    1. Willie Earl: Aint nothin wrong with a little biscuits and gravy.
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    1. Sabrina Watson: If it wasn't for your mother I wouldn't be questioning if you are the man I want to marry.
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    1. Mrs. Taylor: This family thinks they are better than us!
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