Jumping the Broom

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Julie Bowen, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps, Tasha Smith, Gary Dourdan, Valarie Pettiford, Vera Cudjoe, Meagan Good, Romeo Miller, DeRay Davis. Comedy. Written by Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs. Directed by Salim Akil.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jumping the Broom is a lighthearted†look at the clash between two families from different backgrounds during a weekend wedding.† The film explores the cultural and spiritual challenges of abstinence, motherhood, and family alongside themes such as forgiveness, family secrets, and misperceptions.

PREVIEW REVIEW: While it doesnít attempt to preach, Jumping the Broom is a film that honestly explores values and beliefs often ignored by Hollywood comedy filmmakers. While some of the antics go a little over the top, much like the sitcom shenanigans that plagued The Beverly Hillbilliesí Clampetts and their neighbors, the Drysdales, there are some funny moments, some touching, and this is about the most buff cast Iíve seen. The only ones that donít look as if theyíve spent hours daily in the gym are the token White extras in the background.

Itís not a great film, but I enjoyed the performances and the beautiful setting (New Englandís Hamptons). Whatís more, there is a sincere prayer and God is called upon on several occasions. The Creator is acknowledged, sending the message to audiences that there are people who reverence God and place Him at the core of their lives.

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Columbia Tri-Star

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Five or so minor expletives, but no harsh language.

Profanity: ďOh my GodĒ is uttered three times, but no disrespect is shown God or Christ Ė just the reverse.

Violence: A brief fight between friends, with a punch thrown and at one point, two ladies slap each other, but relationships are shown as healing towards the end of the film.

Sex: The film opens with an indication that a young woman has slept with a guy who turns out to be a creep. She vows to God she wonít do it again until she marries. A vow she keeps.

Nudity: We do see a young woman in her lingerie, but there is no nudity and women are shown respect by the filmmaker and his camera.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Lots of pre-wedding champagne drinking, but no drunkenness.

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Older

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