Jumping the Broom
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- Director: Salim Akil
- Writers: Elizabeth Hunter (screenplay), Arlene Gibbs (screenplay)
- Stars: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Angela Bassett
- Release Date: May 2011
- Genre: Comedy
- Run Time: 108 min
The Watsons Are Uptown
These type of African-American comedy movies that make their way to the market are among the few. Jumping the broom is a type of movie that avoids many of the typical and overused stuff of the genre yet provoke a fair degree of an enjoyable experience. It’s not a perfect movie but hey, c’Mon who needs that tension, we are going for fun. The movie has enough entertaining and funny moments that will provide satisfaction to your movie watching experience thanks to the award-winning cast for their great performances.
This takes us to the movie theme and plot. In a simple style and scale the director Salim Akil presents a family and culture clashing comedy that is well filmed with progressive shots with a bright tinch of melodrama. As in many romantic movies, the story is about two lovebirds, but here the story is all about class and status. The film features two love-birds Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso) planning to marry each other. However the main setup of the film is that these two love each other but their families don’t.
Apart from the storyline the film works only because the script is a juggling stuff with a dozen of jokes and gags. Another coup for the film is it’s amusing supporting characters which prevents a hard collision and bloodbath when these two entirely different families meet each other. This film also has other shining moments such as it’s elegant wedding feel and well coordinated cinematography. The casting is well chosen and diverse. Overall, by most standards it’s not enough for a movie to be a hit but will attract the audience as a funny and an interesting flick.