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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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:
In Theaters:
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Cast

Paula Patton
as Sabrina Watson
Laz Alonso
as Jason Taylor
Angela Bassett
as Mrs. Watson
Loretta Devine
as Mrs. Taylor
Meagan Good
as Blythe
Tasha Smith
as Shonda
DeRay Davis
as Malcolm
Valarie Pettiford
as Aunt Geneva
Mike Epps
as Willie Earl
Pooch Hall
as Ricky
Lil' Romeo
as Sebastian
T.D. Jakes
as Reverend James
Tenika Davis
as Lauren
El DeBarge
as Singer
Vera Cudjoe
as Mabel
Will Lemay
as Bobby
Laura Kahoot
as Amanda
Marguerite McNeil
as Mrs. O'Neal
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Critic Reviews for Jumping the Broom

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30)

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

Audience Reviews for Jumping the Broom

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

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

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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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