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Jumping the Broom Reviews

December 6, 2011
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.
May 6, 2011
It shouldn't seem as novel as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 6, 2011
"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
"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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2011
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.
May 6, 2011
"Broom" doesn't take any risks or offer many surprises. But then, do most weddings?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 6, 2011
No matter how crazy you think your mother is, it can't get much worse than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2011
The film's main thread, the class clashes, simply aren't enough to make this unnecessary movie worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2011
... 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 5, 2011
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.
May 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4.5/10
May 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2011
Everyone here is trapped in the movie's limited ideas of blackness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 5, 2011
[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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2011
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.
May 4, 2011
Yes, there really is a way to make a boisterous, dramatic comedy about African-American life better than Tyler Perry does.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2011
A wan attempt to mine class clash for both jokes and teachable moments.
April 29, 2011
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.
April 29, 2011
A wedding movie that may have viewers rooting for divorce lawyers.