It’s a good thing I didn’t watch the trailer above. It reveals too much of the movie.
Jumping the Broom shows what happens when class and culture collide within a race. When Sabrina (Paula Patton) and Jason (Laz Alonso) become engaged, it becomes clear the engagement was the easy part. The hard part will be bringing two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum together for a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard.
In about two hours, the movie tackles just about every possible stereotype, and there are plenty of one-line zingers. I enjoyed watching Amy (Julie Bowen), the white event planner whose job it is to pull off the seemingly impossible wedding, while navigating cultural values and mores. The writers use her as a way to explore ignorance and misconceptions, and it worked well.
It’s always interesting to see how all of the characters manage to say the things we know people in our own families haven’t gathered the nerve to say in decades. That is what makes the film entertaining. The movie is predictable, and I worried at one point how the writers would resolve a central problem. There didn’t seem to be enough time for a happily ever after, but they wrapped it up and put a bow on it anyway. For me, the film was preachy at times. That’s to be expected when one of the producers is Bishop T. D. Jakes.
Overall, it’s worth the price of the ticket. Check it out. Let me know what you think.