Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom
It's tempting to slight the effort as My Big Fat Gay Wedding, since the screenwriters follow a familiar template.
The lively, timely film plays like a soap opera on a big screen, has its awkward and uneven moments but delivers the goods.
Despite some drinking (with nary a hangover afterward) and a fling or two, the prevailing mood isnâ(TM)t campy or disco-decadent. Rather the emphasis is squarely on heartfelt communication, monogamy and child rearing.
It might be helpful to think of the series and its spinoff as a male version of The Golden Girls. A young, gay, African American male version of The Golden Girls.
While there are some solid chuckles scattered throughout the film, Polk's heavy-handed political sloganeering is lifted straight from pamphlets, while his character development and plotting are clumsy and filled with holes.
Jumping the Broom exalts an underserved audience yet Polk's discussion of the socio-economic connection of slavery and contemporary gay politics doesn't patronize them.
Audience Reviews for Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom
It was a light-hearted and fun way to kill an almost-2-hours. I know very little about the series, but admire the creators for presenting people that are rarely shown in media, and when they are, usually represented in caricature: gay black men. While I enjoyed watching what was basically a gay black male Sex And The City, a little part of me was uneasy. I felt like while it was giving these men a platform to represent themselves, albeit in a goofy romantic comedy, it seemed to perpetuate the stereotype that most gay men (especially black men) are promiscuous and are only kidding themselves if they think they can commit to monogamy, let alone parenthood. Other than that, my favorite characters had to be Wade (Jensen Atwoood) who was the title character's fiance, and Brandon (Gary Leroi Gray) who plays the young "meat" Ricky (Christian Vincent) brings along to basically keep him warm at night. Wade was one of the only two butch men in the movie and I just loved everything about him. He wasn't this hyperactive character, he wasn't a "homo thug"; he was deep and laid back. It didn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes either. And Brandon, the young college student who hadn't come out to his family yet, was so self-aware, about gay culture, black culture and how they clash and mesh. There's a scene where he and Wade are having a discussion about their identities and how they're expected to carry themselves in gay circles and black circles and I just found it very deep and eye-opening. If they make any more "Noah's Arc" movies, they need more of this content.
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