Jumping the Broom : Movie Review



Like 2008’s Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, in which two boyfriends wed on Martha’s Vineyard, Salim Akil’s first feature finds inspiration in the 19th-century marriage custom, and also takes place on the affluent island. But this Jumping the Broom is an exclusively hetero affair, with extra holiness provided by producer and mega-church pastor T.D. Jakes, who has a small role as a reverend. Well-heeled Sabrina (Paula Patton) makes a promise to God that she’ll give up one-night stands and won’t spread her legs again until she and her fiancÚ, Jason (Laz Alonso), a striver with blue-collar origins, have tied the knot. Akil, who directed several episodes of Girlfriends, one of the smartest TV shows about race, has less to work with in Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs’s script, a wan attempt to mine class clash for both jokes and teachable moments.

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Author : Melissa Anderson