• PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Salim Akil
    In Theaters:
    May 6, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 9, 2011
  • Sony Pictures


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Jumping the Broom Reviews

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 6, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It shouldn't seem as novel as it does.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

May 6, 2011
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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."

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 6, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2011
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

May 6, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Proof that you can have a movie like this without a polemic against successful women, or some man in a dress threatening to take off his earrings and pull out a gun.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's relatively raunch-free, it has a sparkling cast that reunites Waiting to Exhale stars Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine as combative matriarchs, and it likes its characters well enough to forgive them their faults.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

May 6, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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"Broom" doesn't take any risks or offer many surprises. But then, do most weddings?

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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What prevents the film from being a real crowd-pleaser, the Philadelphia Story that it clearly wants to be, are the marrying couple.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Instead of being a wild mixture of tones, it has very little tone at all, and moments of dramatic or comic intensity erupt awkwardly and then fizzle out.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2011
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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No matter how crazy you think your mother is, it can't get much worse than this.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 6, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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It's the snobs against the slobs at a Martha's Vineyard wedding in "Jumping the Broom." Mostly, it's a tie: Both sides are equally irritating.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2011
Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The film's main thread, the class clashes, simply aren't enough to make this unnecessary movie worthwhile.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

May 6, 2011
Ashante Infantry
Toronto Star
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When the sushi-vs.-soul-food jokes wear thin, this film is carried by its universal themes, such as parenting, commitment, sacrifice and loss.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 6, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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... a perfectly acceptable rom-com ... may not get too high off the ground, but it does, as they say, stick the landing, and that's good enough.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 5, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The humor arises naturally from situations, but the story teeters into melodrama. Still, watching impressive actors like Bassett and Devine face off is a highlight.

Full Review Source: USA Today

May 5, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
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Every wedding comedy hinges on creating threats to the union, of course, but Hunter and Gibbs pile on half a dozen potentially ruinous scenarios and subplots where one or two would have been sufficient.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 4.5/10

May 5, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A picture that gave me considerable satisfaction, partly because it wears its themes of trust and belief and faith lightly and easily, while taking them seriously.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The bride and groom are in love, but their families are not. That was good enough for "Romeo and Juliet," and it still sorta works with "Jumping the Broom."

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Clashes of class within the African American community are not often depicted on the screen, but "Jumping the Broom" tackles them head-on with humor, compassion and plenty of wisdom.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 5, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Everyone here is trapped in the movie's limited ideas of blackness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2011
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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It all adds up to a more tasteful, restrained film than the average Perry joint, but taste doesn't imply quality, an escape from hoary rom-com clichés, or characters worth caring about.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 5, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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[It] is wildly overaccessorized, giving virtually every character an elaborate subplot (sometimes more than one). This results in a long, lumpy middle section of the movie, before everything comes together for a sweetly romantic ending.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Bowen is likable and has strong-enough timing to make these moments less cringe-inducing than they might sound. It's the rest of the movie that'll probably make you cringe.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 4, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Yes, there really is a way to make a boisterous, dramatic comedy about African-American life better than Tyler Perry does.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

May 4, 2011
Alison Willmore
Time Out New York
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While Jumping the Broom showcases rarely depicted class issues within the black community, the film still relies on wince-inducing stereotypes to delineate them.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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A wan attempt to mine class clash for both jokes and teachable moments.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 3, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Family matriarchs played by Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine go up against each other in a wedding comedy that grows increasingly unfunny with each passing minute.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 29, 2011
John Anderson
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A wedding movie that may have viewers rooting for divorce lawyers.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 29, 2011
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