Jumping the Broom is a witty, drama-laced assemblage of Afro-American talent that incorporates a humorous aspect into a fairy tale like modern day romance. The movie is a contemporary fable that embellishes on the larger than life romantic desires of many of today’s female movie going audience. This idealistic undertaking is highlighted by an all star afro American cast featuring the likes of Angela Bassett (Green Lantern), Laz Alonzo (Fast & Furious), Paula Patton (Just Wright), Loretta Devine (Madea‘ Big Happy Family), Megan Good (The Unborn), Julie Bowen (Horrible Bosses), Tasha Smith (Why Did I Get Married Too), Mike Epps (Faster), Deray Davis (Life As We Know It), Valarie Pettiford (Why Did I Get Married Too), Pooch Hall (Stomp The Yard 2), Romeo “Lil Romeo” Miller ( and Gary Dourdan (Perfect Stranger).
Baltimore is filled with couples and those looking for love. This is a contemporary tale about two people that find the romance that many dream of.
Jumping the Broom implements a surreal approach to modern romance. It has a number of jocular moments that embellish on the differences between sexes, culture, and relationships. In addition, it’s filled with a number of subplots that enhance the realism of the movie. The movie questions the foundation of many relationships within a family. It is stocked with stereotypes of Afro-American characters but it pokes fun at them.
This theme driven congregation of talent is an over-romanticized, impractical dramatization of modern romance. It quickly exacerbates some of the female’s obsessions with fairy tale romance. The film is graced by multiple moments of unrealistic romantic occurrences that quickly hamper one’s enjoyment of the film. Too many of the early moments of the film border the unbelievable. It’s starts as your sappy, dream-like chick flick where most men who watch this film will begin to lose interest. It does however change into a more relatable film as it begins to evolve into a more realistic love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds.
One of the biggest detractors of the movie is that it is filled with too many of the stereotypical characters that comprise some Afro-American films. This movie does little to alter the perception or strive to break free of these redundant, unneeded archetypes that have been utilized with far too much frequency. Lastly, Jumping The Broom is too predictable. It offers nothing new as the end and almost every dramatic occurrence can be told by anyone who has seen any decent number of romantic comedies.
One of the best aspects of Jumping the Broom is its showcase of faith in the institution of marriage and commitment. The couples in the films desire to fight through the tough times and remain together speaks volumes about marriage. The film is a terrific exhibition for what the ideal of marriage is. Another great aspect of Jumping the Broom is that nearly every role in the movie is occupied by an Afro American star. Laz Alonzo (Jason) and Paula Patton (Sabrina) headline the cast but each member of the supporting cast add a level of enjoyment to the film. Some members of the cast shine in spite of the limited screen time. Mike Epps and Deray Davis add a good level of humor to the movie. Julie Bowen as Amy, the wedding planner, has a scence stealing performance as she brings a good level of enjoyment to the film through her jocular approach to race and the Caucasian perspective on Afro-Americans.
The tragic undoing of Jumping The Broom is the level of unrealistic romantic moments that occur in the film. The film’s larger that life approach to romance will quickly deter some. It uses a fantasy like approach to the romance between Jason and Sabrina. In spite of that, the film has some great positive themes interwoven into its fantastical romance. It’s an excellent exhibition for the strength of wedding and commitment. A big happy ending that defies reality but this is a movie that tries to compel the audience to believe that true love can overcome all obstacles. Not the most realistic film but not a bad film to offset a boring night at home.
Jumping The Broom is available on DVD and Blu-ray. In addition, you can download it from Netflix or rent it from the Redbox.