I liked “Jumping the Broom,” but I still have some questions!
*SPOILER ALERT* Do not read on if you have not seen the movie and desire to.
Over the weekend I had the chance to see “Jumping the Broom,” and I have to say that like so many other people I know – I really enjoyed it! It was well acted, fairly well written, the costuming was great, and the plot was plausible. HOWEVER! There are some questions I have about the film. I left the theater scratching my head on a few things and I want to know if I was the only one who thought these things!
These were my observations:
1) I’m all for a fresh representation of the Black family; in this case, one that’s bi-lingual. But why did they speak French so fluently? I mean, did Angela Bassett’s rich family come from France? Did they all used to live in France? The language was so prevalent that I kept wondering if I had missed something. Did I?
2) Mike Epps’ character was funny, but not funny enough. He’s MIKE EPPS! I could tell that his character was designed to so show some sensibility and to be the voice of reason, which, on some level, I did appreciate…but he’s a comedian, for goodness sake! And his name was Wille Earl! Like, c’mon man…Willie Earl????? That was a winning combo right there! Sometimes I found myself laughing in anticipation of what he was going to say, because I knew my side was gonna be hurtin’! But that side-splitting moment of laughter never truly came.
3) What was up with Meagan Good and the chef situation? Who slobs down the family chef at first meeting? No. For real…wheredeydodatat? And what chef goes fishing for oysters with no shirt on? That aspect of the story needed some serious development. It went from 0-60 in 30 seconds. And for the record, never slob a man down that you hardly know and then five minutes later ask him what he thinks of you. #notagoodtime
4) I love Angie B. I do. Lord knows I do. But didn’t her character seem overwhelmingly angry from the first scene? The movie had barely started and she was already mad. There’s a difference between being overly “bougie” and mad. She was the latter. #takeabreather
5) Didn’t Lil Romeo (or just Romeo now…I think?) look like he was trying too hard with the whole Tasha Smith thing? He played it fairly well until the kiss. He spent the whole movie professing his manhood only to grab her face like he was a teenage boy kissing a girl for the first time. And he was clearly shorter than her. #awkwaaaarrrdddd
6) Did Pooch Hall’s character have any relevance at all? And didn’t you spend a long time wondering where the other bridesmaid came from? She was just…there. All in the mix. Kinda like Pooch.
7) No Black movie is complete without Loretta Devine playing somebody’s mama. I know there aren’t a lot of roles in Hollywood for Black women, so I am not mad at her hustle – but can you say typecast? And she was hella shady, too! SMH!
8 ) Did you spend the entire time comparing the movie to Tyler Perry’s films? I did. Especially with seeing Tasha Smith onscreen. She seemed like a more relaxed version of all of her other roles in Perry’s movies…like her twin sister that practices yoga or something. I didn’t fully buy it because my only other theatrical impressions of her are that of a loud, obnoxious, crazy woman. Again, typecast. But for his first time directing, I have to give Salim Akil a high five. Tyler still has some growing to do with not making his movies look like an upgraded version of his play DVDs.
9) Julie Bowen, the event planner/assistant stole just about every scene she was in. The racial jokes were overly cliche, but it just worked for some reason!
10) I’ve never been to Martha’s Vineyard. But knowing that the movie was actually filmed in Nova Scotia made me feel like I was in Nova Scotia, and not Martha’s Vineyard.
As you can tell from my observations, the movie fell short in some areas (namely in character and supporting story line development), but like I said – I liked it, I really did! I would even watch it again. I was happy to spend my hard earned dollars on a Black film that was actually worthy of my support.
What about you? What were your thoughts?