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Jumping the Broom [DVD] [2011]

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  • Actors: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good
  • Directors: Salim Akil
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, German, Finnish, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian, Turkish, English, Danish, Spanish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Catalan, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052XL8MO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton, Precious) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, Fast & Furious) are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett, Green Lantern) has an upper-crust sensibility that matches her family's Martha Vineyard estate where Jason's straight-out-of-Brooklyn mom (Loretta Devine, Death at a Funeral) seems utterly out of place. When the families gather for Jason and Sabrina's wedding, it becomes clear that each side has its traditions... and its secrets. When uptown meets downtown, the truth comes out -- and only one question remains. Will this couple endure the hysterical and harrowing trials of love and finally jump the broom? Jumping the Broom is a revealing and inspiring hysterical romantic comedy that hits close to home.

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It's significant that Jumping the Broom and Tyler Perry's African-American family romp Madea's Big Happy Family came to occupy entertainment and cultural space at the same time. They're both addressed to similar themes of class and some specific matters of comic or deeply serious family dysfunction through an underlying core of spiritual messaging. Jumping the Broom manages a more polished and broadly entertaining view as it follows the princess-and-commoner wedding weekend of Jason and Sabrina on her wealthy family's fantastical Martha's Vineyard estate. Jason comes from blue-collar Brooklyn, but has made it big on Wall Street and is a perfect catch as far as Sabrina is concerned, particularly since she's made a vow to God to stop giving away her "cookies" after a series of demoralising hook-ups. After just five months Jason and Sabrina become engaged, and rushed arrangements supervised by Sabrina's imperious mom (a steely Angela Bassett) are being made on the Vineyard. Jason's working-class family crew is wrangled by his mom (Loretta Devine, who also plays a mom in the Madea movie), a hot-tempered matriarch who won't 'llow no foolishness from anybody, especially her son and his snooty in-laws-to-be. There's so much raucous head-butting activity and interaction among all the friends, cousins, uncles, sisters, spouses, chefs, maids, wedding planners and guests that the movie almost loses its way. Everyone has a back story and business that involve everything from romantic encounters and family dynamics to ethnic stereotypes and profound, secret shames. Fortunately all the elements come around and the busy bickering recedes into resolution as the wedding comes off with plenty of spiritual uplift. The very large cast (all those crazy stories!) is also very good in fulfilling roles that are distinctive and well drawn. In addition to Bassett and Devine, Mike Epps, Tasha Smith, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gary Dourdan, Romeo and Julie Bowen as the clueless white planner create an ensemble that deftly entertains against some classy backdrops and lots of laughs. Mega-church pastor and popular self-help author T.D. Jakes is one of the movie's producers, and he has a small but effective role that serves to define the spiritual and moralistic backbone of the movie. Like Tyler Perry's message, it's nothing but traditionalism and common sense, and in Jumping the Broom it's no impediment to the overall charm. --Ted Fry

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This movie is great to watch on a Sunday afternoon with a bottle of wine. Goes down the all too familiar route, couple from different social backgrounds meet, fall in love, tensions the big argumment, then love conquers all and they get married and all is well in the world without being too mushy! It does have a great soundtrack. Really enjoyed it, even my other half liked it!
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Watched this film in Dec 11 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Initially it started of slightly slow and a very typically (in terms of the characters and actors used) but it quickly entered in to a new gear and covered many real issues facing many of us today. Some may feel the two back grounds extereme but in my mind the the scenarios and types of characters are very identifiable and I could easily relate to them. Would highly recommend.
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The movie grows on you gradually. I enjoyed it much better when I watched it the second time around. The standout performance comes from Paula Patton. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that she's more than just a pretty face. She's actually a really good actress and comedian. The rest of the film and acting with the exception of Loretta Devine and Mike Epps is pretty average.Laz Alonso, who plays the fiance had one touching scene where he has a candid talk with his mother. Otherwise his performance for the most part was wooden and one dimensional. Same with Angela Bassett, who plays the uptown mother. With the exception of one scene where she manages to come across as real and vulnerable in the arms of her husband (which I absolutely loved and would like to see more of from her!) she plays her usual hard-edged self and has no place in a romantic comedy drama. It would also have been good if they'd been given proper french lessons if they were going to speak french. On the plus side- it explores some really neccessary themes about race and social class. It's about time we had movies like this out there. The quality of the filming is great too and there are some fun highlights- like tasha smith's cougar dilemma. The film itself has an uplifting feel to it and a postive spiritual message.
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At the risk of sounding prejudice, I saw this movie with a theater full of black people, which I contend is the best way to enjoy this movie as the audience reaction was perhaps more enjoyable than the movie. Paula Patton plays Sabrina Watson who has prayed to God to meet the right man. She gets her sign when she runs into (with her car) Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso). After dating for 5 months they opt to get married. Sabrina's family is wealthy and act like "white people." They frown on black culture. Jason's mom works for the post office and takes anger management classes. When the families get together for the first time for the wedding, there is a clash of personalities and cultures as Jason's mom (Loretta Devine) reminds the bride's family they are still black. The phrase "jumping the broom" was new to me. It is what black people traditionally do at weddings, dating back to the time of slavery. Since slaves were not allowed to marry, they would perform their own marriage ceremony by jumping the broom.

By having the bride's family be black also, the film could do more with the cultural clash and get away with it than if it was a black-white wedding. For instance, the groom's family wants to do the Electric Slide, a nearly time-honored tradition at black weddings. The bride's family rejects the idea to wit the groom's family responds, "So I suppose you are going to do the River Dance?" This would never work with a black-white wedding, but works remarkably well with two black families, judging from the roar from the audience.

Oh yes. And the happy wedding couple have not yet consummated their relationship and everyone knows it and thinks it is odd. And the bride's family has a few secrets. The low point was when Jason's mom plays the trump card. The movie shifts from funny to awkward.

No swearing. No sex. No nudity (bra/panties). Adult themes.
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I chose this rating because it was a very good story line and the characters were very good actors. Also I liked the fact that their was a moral code in the story line where the couple decided to save themselves for each other before they got married and even though they had their temptations and struggles in the relationship because they were both from different sides of the track as it were they managed to bring their two families together through their genuine love for each other. So I would say a must see for those who love a good story and romance.
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Not seen this before. Has good morals and traditions underpinning it. I found it quite interesting. It's a story of middle and working class African African families, prejudices and challenges that can exist. Its a happy ending of good triumphing over negative thoughts. I liked the fact that there was still some old traditions that remained that kept the couple together
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Love Jumping the broom. Great film with some great actors. I love my films and also keen to purchase the latest good I movie out and I tend to watch them over and over. Great movie. Packaging was perfect and arrived in good time.
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The movie was fun for the family to watch with laughter. As a married person myself and a mother, it gave me lots of ideas for when I become a mother in law. A must have DVD for every household to have.
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