Jumping the Broom

(2011)

Genres: Comedy

Review: Jumping the Broom

Transcript for Review: Jumping the Broom

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY
Now it’s time to stop by Roger’s Office for his review of the comedy JUMPING THE BROOM.  Plus, from our contributor Dann Gire, we’ve got an interview with Angela Bassett.

ROGER EBERT
In "Jumping the Broom," black families from opposite sides of the tracks are joined in happy matrimony, although not if the two mothers can prevent it. This is Rick Kogan, speaking for Roger Ebert. The bride's mother, Angela Bassett, is the matriarch of a millionaire family with a mansion in Martha’s Vineyard. The groom's mother, Loretta Devine is a postal worker.



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ROGER

That's Laz Alonso as the groom, a Wall Street success story. His bride is played by Paula Paton, who was so good as the social worker in "Precious." The couple gets advice from the Reverend T. D. Jakes, who also co-produced the film.

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ROGER

Angela Bassett has a bad feeling about her unknown in-laws.



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ROGER
And Lorette Devine thinks the millionaires have bad manners.


 
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ROGER

Like most comedies about weddings, this one has a lot of action involving the supporting players.
 


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ROGER

"Jumping the Broom" takes a rare look at the class divisions among African-Americans, and I got involved in its story. It's true the two mothers are portrayed in broad stereotypes, but that's redeemed by many of the other characters and by the larger canvas of the meeting of these two worlds. I vote Thumbs up.

 
DANN GIRE
What do you do as an Executive Producer on this film?
 
ANGELA BASSETT
I try to make D Ray and Mike Epps behave themselves.
 
DANN
Well, you’ve got your hands full there.
 
ANGELA
No, just being on time, showing up ready, showing up prepared.  Being professional, getting it done, not taking all day.  Let’s come to do what we’ve come to do.  So, and supporting, supporting everyone of my co-stars.  You know…maybe that’s the mother in me.  Come on, we can do it, we can do it.  Here’s the standard.  Let’s reach it.
 
DANN
They’re fairly well off, middle-class to above.  How important is it that movies show images of the black middle class?
 
ANGELA
Films live forever, you know and images are important and if I see too much of one thing I…hmmm…why is that? Why are we shown in maybe perhaps that light and that light alone when that reality…but there’s so, there’s so much more of the make-up, so let’s see more of that.