Jumping the Broom

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Jumping the Broom
Jumping the broom poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Salim Akil
Produced by Tracey E. Edmonds
Elizabeth Hunter
T.D. Jakes
Glendon Palmer
Curtis Wallace
Screenplay by Arlene Gibbs
Elizabeth Hunter
Starring Laz Alonso
Paula Patton
Tasha Smith
Loretta Devine
Meagan Good
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Anastas N. Michos
Editing by Terilyn A. Shropshire
Studio Our Stories Films
Stage 6 Films
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
[1]
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6.6 million[2]
Box office $37,710,610[3]

Jumping the Broom is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Salim Akil and produced by Tracey E. Edmonds, Elizabeth Hunter, T.D. Jakes, Glendon Palmer, and Curtis Wallace.[4]

The title of the film is derived from the Black American tradition of bride and groom jumping over a ceremonial broom after being married.

The film was shot in Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, standing in for Martha's Vineyard, the setting for the film.[5][6] TriStar Pictures distributed the film in the United States on May 6, 2011.

It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 9, 2011.

Plot[edit]

Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) is the only child of the wealthy Watson family of her mother Claudine (Angela Bassett) and father Greg Watson (Brian Stokes Mitchell). Sabrina starts the film having another affair with Bobby, a cheating stud. She asks God to help her again get out of this situation and she promises (again) not to have a one-night stand with anyone and only have sex with her future husband. One day, she accidentally hits Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso) when driving up quickly after putting on make-up and not seeing him run through. She gets out to offer her services and overreacts. Jason forgives her and takes up a night of dinner with her. Five months later, after going out, Sabrina tells Jason about her job offer in China and asks him to still be with her in a long-distance relationship but Jason declines. She walks off sad and soon hears a music group singing, and Jason comes back and asks her to marry him, which she accepts.

Sabrina's mother is running the wedding. She has doubts, but trusts her daughter. After the couple talk to Reverend James (T.D. Jakes), they decide to stay while a driver picks up Jason's family and friends. Jason's group is his insecure mother Pam (Loretta Devine), his charming uncle Willie Earl (Mike Epps), Pam's best friend Shonda (Tasha Smith) and Jason's cousin Malcolm (DeRay Davis). Also appearing is Sabrina's aunt Geneva (Valarie Pettiford). Their first meeting is awkward as everyone seems to dislike each other and they make small rude remarks. Pam becomes annoyed by Sabrina's acts of kindness and counts three strikes already against her. Sabrina talks to her friends during the cocktail party, one of them being her maid of honor Blythe (Meagan Good). While Blythe goes to get more wine, she meets Chef McKenna (Gary Dourdan), and both instantly feel a connection. Shonda also meets Sabrina's cousin, Sebastian (Romeo Miller), who is instantly drawn to her. Shonda is attracted to him as well but she feels uncomfortable because she thinks he's too young for her. During the dinner at night, Pam gives a rude blessing and has a fight with Claudine but this is stopped by Greg. Claudine also says in French that she thinks Greg is having an affair with his associate Amanda. While outside, Pam listens in on Geneva and Claudine fighting and finds out that Geneva is actually Sabrina's mother and gave Sabrina to Claudine and Greg after she was born.

During the bachelor party, Sabrina and Jason have a fight about his mother wanting them to be jumping the broom. Malcolm talks to Jason and complains and asks why he isn't the best man. Jason tells him that they haven't been best friends in years and Malcolm has only been there to ask for money. When Jason leaves and tries to apologize to Sabrina, Chef McKenna is busy kissing Blythe and not noticing the food which begins to burn which sets off the alarm. Sabrina closes the door on him but they make up through text; however, they have doubts about their wedding.

In the morning, everything begins normally. The boys have a friendly game of football, though Pam tries to tell Jason about Claudine and Geneva's secret. Blythe also talks to McKenna about the relationship. McKenna tells her that he thinks she is beautiful and a relationship is still an option. While Pam is getting fitted in her dress, she tries to confront Sabrina about the secret but is interrupted when Jason gets hurt when pushed by Malcolm. Pam tells Sabrina to ask her parents who are her real parents. Claudine and Geneva tell the truth which hurts Sabrina and causes her to drive off and cancel the wedding. Jason confronts his mother and tells her he is a grown man and to stop treating him like a little boy. Jason tells everyone to look for Sabrina and also punches Malcolm. Jason prays to God to help him.

Geneva is called by Sabrina who is at the docks in a boat. Geneva gives the story of Sabrina's father. He was a man in Paris whom she loved and planned to travel the world with but she soon found out he had a wife and child and she returned home alone and pregnant. Jason meets back with Sabrina and the two reconcile. Sabrina goes back home to dress. She gets a broom and a note from Pam saying she is returning home and is sorry. She chases down Pam and asks her to stay. They forgive each other and Pam agrees to stay. Jason and Sabrina have the wedding and also jump the broom. After the wedding, Sebastian kisses Shonda, finally winning her affections, and presumably begins a relationship. Greg and Claudine reconcile and she reveals she has a secret fund. Malcolm and Amy (Julie Bowen), the wedding planner, start sharing a moment together in which she asks if he wants to dance with her and he accepts. At the end, the whole family does the cupid shuffle with everyone happy.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed or average reviews, earning a score of 56% positive on Metacritic.[7] Positive reviews include Kevin Thomas of The Los Angeles Times who said that the film "...is proof that it is still possible for a major studio release to be fun, smart and heart-tugging and devoid of numbskull violence and equally numbing special effects."[8] Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times said that, "...the cast is large, well chosen and diverting."[9]

Negative reviews include Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post who criticized the characters of the mothers saying, "Any light moments are quickly nullified by the oppressive women vying for the title of world’s meanest mom."[10] John Anderson of Variety also commented on the film's "nasty tone".[11]

Awards/Nominations[edit]

  • Black Reel Awards [12]
    • Best Picture, nominated
    • Best Actor (Laz Alonso), nominated
    • Best Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett), nominated
    • Best Ensemble, nominated
    • Best Director (Salim Akil), nominated
    • Best Screenaplay (Elizabeth Hunter & Arlene Gibbs), nominated
  • NAACP Image Awards[13]
    • Outstanding Motion Picture, nominated
    • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Laz Alonzo), Won
    • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Paula Patton), nominated
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Mike Epps), Won

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