Jonathan Wenk
EW Staff
May 03, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Jumping the Broom

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/06/11
performer
Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso
director
Salim Akil
distributor
TriStar Pictures
author
Elizabeth Hunter
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

STARRING Paula Patton, Angela Bassett
DIRECTED BY Salim Akil

Two headstrong African-American families — one upper-crust, the other working-class — collide at a Martha’s Vineyard wedding in the second producing effort from popular pastor T.D. Jakes (the first was 2009’s Taraji P. Henson starrer Not Easily Broken). ”It’s a really open-minded faith movie,” says Paula Patton (Precious), who plays the cultured bride (the groom is Avatar‘s Laz Alonzo). ”You don’t feel hit over the head with it.” While the couple’s battling mothers, Angela Bassett (hers) and Loretta Devine (his), provide the film’s gravitas, many of Jumping the Broom‘s laughs come from Modern Family costar Julie Bowen’s silly turn as a racially clueless wedding planner. ”She killed it,” says Patton. ”We were allowed to improv, and she just went nuts. We’d all have to hold our mouths until they yelled ‘Cut.”’ — Dave Karger

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