Jumping the Broom Yes, there really is a way to make a boisterous, dramatic comedy about African-American life better than Tyler Perry does. In Jumping the Broom ,… Jumping the Broom Yes, there really is a way to make a boisterous, dramatic comedy about African-American life better than Tyler Perry does. In Jumping the Broom ,… 2011-05-06 PG-13 PT101M Comedy Angela Bassett Paula Patton Laz Alonso TriStar Pictures
Movie Review

Jumping the Broom (2011)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 06, 2011; Rated: PG-13; Length: 101 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Angela Bassett and Paula Patton; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Yes, there really is a way to make a boisterous, dramatic comedy about African-American life better than Tyler Perry does. In Jumping the Broom, two families — one wealthy, one working-class — join together for a wedding on Martha's Vineyard, where they produce a stormy comic culture clash. The setup is formulaic, but director Salim Akil keeps the encounters flowing in a lively, organic way. Paula Patton, all sprightly charm, is the rich-girl bride from a family of divas (led by Angela Bassett as the haughty mother). And Laz Alonso is the poor-kid-turned-investment-banker groom with his own scruffy clan, notably his intrusive old-school mother, played in a great, dour, layered performance by Loretta Devine. You'll laugh — a lot — but you'll also shed tears of recognition at this funny, salty, strife-torn look at the agony and ecstasy of family. A–

Originally posted May 04, 2011 Published in issue #1154 May 13, 2011 Order article reprints

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