Jumping the Broom

2011

Jumping the Broom (2011)

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Critic 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.

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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

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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.

Dec 6, 2011 | Full Review…

It shouldn't seem as novel as it does.

May 6, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"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…

"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 | Rating: 2.5/4

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 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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

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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.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Imagine a Tyler Perry movie with slightly better framing (just slightly), a quicker pace, a sweet disposition, and the surface sheen of a sitcom and you pretty much get JUMPING THE BROOM (not the Noah's Arc movie btw). All text instead of subtext, this unsubtle, soapy film plays like a MEET THE PARENTS/LOVE BOAT mashup...yet it's not as bad as that sounds...not quite. The tale of a wedding of a rich girl to a working class guy and their family clashes ping pongs around its stunning Martha's Vineyard locations to showcase a lot of hyper-emoting, bitch slapping, secret-revealing, and often mean-spirited combat. Everything is a little too on-the-nose to qualify this as anything more than a time-killing programmer, and what it says about family bonds is certainly nothing new, but it ultimately has its heart in the right place. It doesn't hurt that the cast is drop dead gorgeous either. Paula Patton, so memorable in PRECIOUS, is the romantic lead, and she overdoes the adorableness at times, but is just so damn perfect, you could care less. Same goes for her betrothed, played by Laz Alonso. Angela Basset plays Patton's mom, while Loretta Devine is the groom's soul-sucking nag... and as much as I love both of these actors, I have to say that neither are at their best here. Bassett comes across so damn unlikable, while Devine is just downright irritating, that it feels like the film has been overstuffed with villains. After 10 minutes, you just want them to act like decent human beings for once and treat each other with a modicum of respect. Instead, they gossip, take constant swipes at each other, and draw very sharp lines in the sand, in case we don't get that they don't like each other. Basically a film about not judging a book by its cover, taking a breath and allowing each other to have our flaws, JUMPING THE BROOM ultimately feels nice enough. Just don't expect anything even bordering on a real, true moment.

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

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