Jumping the Broom

Jumping the Broom is a 2011 Stage 6 Films and Our Stories Films comedy drama about two African American families who live on the opposite sides of the social circle come together for the joining of their two families.  The title of the film is derived from the African American tradition of the bride and groom jumping over a ceremonial broom after being married, a tradition started due to slaves not being allowed to get married.  It was released in conventional theaters only.

The film stars Academy Award Nominee Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, and Mike Epps.

The music is written and composed by Edward Shearmur.

The film is produced by Stage 6 Films, Our Stories Films, and T.D. Jakes and is distributed by TriStar Pictures.

It is directed by Salim Akil.

Well well well……another movie from Tyler Perry…wait, you mean this movie wasn’t made by Tyler Perry???  Oh okay.  Well you could have fooled me with the all-black cast, unfunny jokes, and message from God.

Jumping the Broom was just like every other black comedy that Hollywood comes out with every year.  Although I will give the movie this, it doesn’t become a stereotype film.  Most of the time when these kinds of movies come out (like the films Tyler Perry comes out with every year)  just build on the African American stereotype by having them all be really loud, they all eat the same things, wear weird clothes, etc etc.  This film didn’t do that.  It was just a film with an African American cast.

The religious message was a unnecessary, but it was made by religious individuals, so I do understand.

I really enjoyed the performances of Laz Alonso and Mike Epps.  These two really played to their strengths without being “over the top” with it.  Everyone else in the film just honestly seemed to be gracefully walking through their roles without any real effort.

With a story you’ve seen a million times and a cast that is overall lackluster, Jumping the Broom fails to deliver anything but an upsetting sigh, although again, it wasn’t a stereotype, so that’s a plus.

a 3 out of 10

(release date: 6 May 2011)

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~ by Matt Whitfield on June 6, 2011.

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