Jumping the Broom

May 6th, 2011


Jumping the Broom

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Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 4.8/10 (3,270 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Salim Akil

Stars: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett

Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard one weekend for a wedding.

Writers: Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs

Angela Bassett - Mrs. Watson
Paula Patton - Sabrina Watson
Laz Alonso - Jason Taylor
Loretta Devine - Mrs. Taylor
Meagan Good - Blythe
Tasha Smith - Shonda
Julie Bowen - Amy
DeRay Davis - Malcolm
Valarie Pettiford - Aunt Geneva
Mike Epps - Willie Earl
Pooch Hall - Ricky
Romeo - Sebastian (as Romeo Miller)
Brian Stokes Mitchell - Mr. Watson
Gary Dourdan - Chef
T.D. Jakes - Reverend James

Taglines: The Taylors Are Downtown


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Release Date: 6 May 2011

Filming Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,215,487 (USA) (8 May 2011) (2035 Screens)

Gross: $37,295,394 (USA) (26 June 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Continuity: Pam's apology letter and her voiceover during the letter are completely different. Letter: Dear Sabrina, I only wanted what I thought was best for my son. But I saw the look on his face when you left and I realized you are what is best for Jason. Whether or not you decide to jump this broom, I want you to have it because of what it means to our family. May you enjoy the same happiness we did. I wish you all the best, Pam Voiceover: "Dear Sabrina, I'm sorry. I feel sick about how I behaved this weekend. I was afraid of being alone. I want you to have this broom because it means more to me than almost anything else in the world. I pray you and Jason have a long happy life together. Pam"

User Review

Trust Roger Ebert!

Rating: 7/10

I used to look at IMDb regularly and base whether or not I went to a movie on the reviews. With this currently rated so low, I would have normally stayed away, but thankfully I found Roger Ebert's review, which was wonderfully objective. Is this movie perfect? No. Is it fun? Yes. Will you laugh? Probably. I've read several comments included in reviews on here about the side story lines, how little body fat there is on the actors (Really?! Maybe showing fit people is a really good idea.), and a few other things. My basic answer is, so what? Enjoy the movie for what it is. It's a brief look at the life of a two very chaotic and dysfunctional families. Sometimes that's how life works. It may not be your life, but it may be close to someone else's. There are times when the dialogue is so over the top, it was obviously to achieve a certain comedic or dramatic moment, and I'm OK with that. One of the important aspects to me is that in this day and age of movies that portray the worst of society, this portrays the successful black families. The characters were very believable for me. In several instances, I could have sworn I met them at some point in my life. The main characters are certainly the core of the movie. Sabrina and Jason are the young couple whose wedding is affected by the vastly different backgrounds they come from. The mothers are given a very powerful place in the film, with their actions affecting everyone else, as they should. The dynamics are interesting to watch at first, but by the end of the movie, it's very easy to see how and why people are the way they are. Some of the climaxes in the movie are easy to spot, others not so much. In the end, this was a very enjoyable movie, and definitely worth seeing. I almost never choose a romantic comedy as my first choice, but this was such a well rounded movie, even I found it very enjoyable (as a guy) to go to. It wasn't sappy, it wasn't cheesy, it was just plain fun.


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