JUMPING THE BROOM

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

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

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

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.

The DVD comes with featurettes and a director/cast commentary. The A/V Quality is strong enough for a family dramedy, but I was expecting a more robust Dolby track. A lot of the dialogue got stepped on during the brief scenes of calamity. While it’s a fun movie that breaks out of the usual norm, it’s still nothing to go out of your way to watch. Pedestrian acting matched by only slightly above average acting. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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