The Score: Jumping The Broom

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 3:20PM

Written by J. Bachelor

THE SCORE
THE SCORE 7/10
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  • Jumping The Broom
  • Laz Alonso, Paula Patton, Romeo Miller
  • May 6, 2011
MovieReview.com 4/5
Movie Web 2/5
Klothez Minded 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes 4/5

When working class meets high society, one young couple's chance at marital bliss is thrown for a loop in the latest production by Dallas Pastor and author T.D. Jakes, entitled, Jumping The Broom.

Landing in theaters on May 6, Jumping the Broom is a romantic comedy starring an ensemble cast that includes Angela Bassett, Mike Epps, Meagan Goode and Paula Patton, wife of R&B crooner Robin Thicke.

When you are in love, marriage seems like the most worthwhile thing in the world. But what happens when your in-laws get on your nerves? Or when you and your spouse begin to fight? How about when your relationship is thrown into an unimaginable crisis? Is marriage still worth it? Dallas megachurch pastor and film producer T. D. Jakes' answer is marriage, despite its difficulties, is a commitment meant to last a lifetime. Producer Jakes, founding pastor of The Potter's House, tries to get this message across to moviegoers in his upcoming comedy film, Jumping the Broom. (Christian Post)

In the film, engaged couple Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso) and Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) opt not to have sex until they have taken their vows, a decision both leading stars supported.

Laz Alonso, who plays the main male character, said the film offers an alternative to pop culture's view of relationships. "In today's culture and music, [relationships are] more sexually driven," Alonso told The Christian Post in an interview. "The core of our interactions between a man and woman should be about love." In the name of love, Alonso's character chooses to abstain from sex with Sabrina until after their wedding day. Patton said of the movie's portrayal of abstinence, "When you make a man wait, you bring his heart much closer to yours."(Christian Post)

In a recent interview, film star Pooch Hall, describes his character  and explains why he was originally drawn to the script.

The film touches base on religion, which is a value I really feel still needs to be brought to [the] forefront. I play a character who's the wingman, the go-to guy. I play Ricky, a character who's best friends with Jason, but didn't come from where Jason is from. In a sense, I grew up with a silver spoon in my mouth. I wasn't too familiar with the street or the edge that some brothers might be accustomed to.(Tallahasse.com)

One reviewer expressed hopes that films such as Jumping The Broom would urge Hollywood to produce more films portraying African Americans in a positive light.

Hopefully, we (the black community) will support this movie because it was a positive depiction of African-Americans and our lives. We need to be able to let Sony Pictures know that we want to see our stories told on the big screen. The characters all represented something different and familiar even though Meagan Good continues to be typecast as the cute/ flirty/ sexy/ best friend in ever thing she acts in. She is still sexy though. Mike Epps also did a good job in the film, but I think his charm as a comedian in movies has worn off. I just don't find him as funny as I used to when he was first introduced in Next Friday. Overall the casting director chose a talented group of individuals to work together. (Klothez Minded)

Critics agree that although Jumping the Broom often relies on often-utilized movie cliches, its charming cast and underlying message will entertain and engage vast audiences.

Jumping the Broom has wonderful thematic elements about acceptance and understanding. There are lots of family arguments, including one that escalates to the groom slugging someone outright. This is truly a mixed movie. In some cases, it shows adults serving as poor role models, but in the end, the overall theme of the movie is learning to work out differences and accept each other for who we are on the inside.(Parental Guide)
I'm not typically a fan of the rom-coms. I'm gonna blame it on my film major background - having studied films and scripts and criticism so closely for my college degree, it's made me a less than fun person to watch a movie with. I can see the script in my mind, and instead of suspending disbelief, all I can see are plot holes. If I weren't me, I'd hate watching a movie with me. Which is why I found Jumping The Broom to be such a pleasant surprise. Sure, parts of the film meet those typical romantic comedy expectations. But the location, the cast, and the plot elevated it from the pack. Jumping the Broom is super cute, and full of visual stimulation, fashion inspiration, and vibrant performances by some of your favorite actors and comedians.(Afrobella)

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