Saturday, May 07, 2011

Bougie Movie Review - Jumping the Broom

Headed out to see Jumping the Broom Saturday afternoon at the bougie theater. BougieMom and I sat with an appetizer sampler and peach iced tea to watch the latest "black wedding rom com" offering.

I liked it. It wasn't brilliant or groundbreaking or terribly original but it was entertaining. If you're looking for deep and life-changing, it's not your film. Lots of eye candy for both sexes to appreciate and enough drama to keep the story from being cookie cutter. If I'd titled the movie, I would have called it Cool Smiles and Hot Messes on a Platinum Platter. It made for a fun watching experience.

Subplots abound and the movie makes the most of the entire well-rounded and talented cast. Laz Alonso is a romantic hero and Paula Patton is Paula Patton. Pooch Hall, Gary Dourdan, Meagan Good, Valarie Pettiford, Tasha Smith, Romeo, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mike Epps all add a little spice to the mix. 

However, the characters were not well fleshed out and I really had an issue with the childish behavior of the bride and the "I don't know who to listen to" nonsense with the groom. The cluelessness of the white wedding planner who had "cultural" questions was jarring and it was hard at times to be sympathetic to Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine's characters that often came across as shrewish for no good reason.

There was also one Angela Bassett scene that looked practically cut and pasted in from Waiting to Exhale. It threw me for a second. The pervasive "regular" folks vs. "bougie" folks theme though... Le Sigh.

The overlying reason why I couldn't go 4+ stars on this one was the over-the-top judgmental depiction of the African American bourgeoisie. Bouge could NOT catch a break. When will folks get that bougie doesn't mean spoiled and stuck-up? My work is not done. The goodness of bouge must be spread to the powers that be in Hollywood. We, the Bougie and Beautiful, are not a monolith!

Similarly, not all "round-the-way" black folks show up with sweet potato pie and start asking where the collard greens are...

Woo-sah. All that being said, the movie was worth it. There are some genuine laugh out loud funny moments and more than a few "Oh no she didn't!" scenes.  The scenery (Martha's Vineyard) was heartstoppingly gorgeous and the wardrobe person deserves a standing ovation. Also the score was well thought out. No, this won't go down as a Neo-Classic like Love Jones but it's a nice way to spend an hour and a half. 

Kudos to producer Tracey Edmonds (the former Mrs. Babyface) for getting a different slice of black life on the big screen. Support Black Cinema!

[Feel free to comment but please... no spoilers!!!]

13 comments:

William Martin said...

This took you no time at all! Thanks, Bougie.

cocoaeyecandy said...

I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Violet Rose said...

I was wondering if anyone had seen it yet. So basically suspend disbelief and take it at entertainment value and it's all good. Thanks @onechele

Leon X said...

"...
I really had an issue with the childish behavior of the bride and the "I don't know who to listen to" nonsense with the groom."

I'm not surprised at that. They had to stretch out the movie to at least 90+ minutes.

blackprofessor said...

I agree with your review! It was entertaining and the eye candy was pretty good! One word - Laz!!!

Pure Choco said...

Great review! I'll check it out tomorrow.

CorettaJG said...

I second your review times 4! My friends and I gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 5, but it was definitely entertaining and I will be adding it to my collection because I do wedding planning (just had a maid of honor get "fired" in this Saturday's Ft Worth wedding I'm coordinating - drama) and I'm into good looking wedding movies that way :)

My main issues were the over-the-top "girlishness" of Paula Patton's character and the weirdness with the white wedding planner's comments. I would have been completed offended if I was a white woman in the audience. But Angela Bassett looked AMAZING! And Laz . . . Lawd have mercy! I liked just about everything about him.

Jubilance said...

I definitely agree with this review. I enjoyed the eye candy, and I was more than happy to support a decent Black film (especially one that doesnt have TP attached in any way) but this film definitely had some flaws. I did notice how Paula Patton can't act - she played the exact same role that she did in "Just Wright" down to the mannerisms. As with most ensemble casts, not enough character development and too much reliance on cliches.

rikyrah said...

thanks for the review...I can't wait to see it :)

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

It was a nice way to spend 90 min. I thought the critiques of bougeoisie and the 'round the way folks was a little over the top, but not necessarily inaccurate. Character development needed improvement, and the clueless wedding planner was a bit ridiculous but they thought she was designed to be a comedic scapegoat. I guess it's the token concept applied to the unusual suspects.

CaliSlim said...

I give it 3 stars. I'm tired of the films where nothing but catastrophes have to happen for us to be entertained. It was really doing too much for a film that primarily took place over a span of 3 days. And it did literally touch on every stereotype and cliche out there. And some of the storylines (read: Meagan Good) could have been eliminated altogether.

But, I didn't go into it expecting Citizen Kane. It was cute, campy and full of beautiful people. I am glad to support it.

Nate_Wesley said...

Two comments without spoilers:

1. JTB could have been much 'worse' in scripted dialogue and plot, yet the Martha's Vineyard backdrop really set a refreshing, semi-aspirational tone that didn't seem like a forced or artificial diversion. Note to aspiring Black film writers: You apparently CAN create competent stories that take place 1) outside of the 'hood and 2) outside of the South, even if more of us are moving back.


2. Brian Stokes Mitchell is Paula Patton's movie father, and I know I can't be the only one who immediately recognized him from his memorable stint on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air...and subsequently thought of his most memorable moment on the show: "HILARY BANKS...WILL YOU MARRY ME..." [splat]


I really enjoyed the movie
.

rikyrah said...

I finally got to see it this weekend, and I enjoyed it. Enjoyed everything you did about it, plus, I liked, that even when things had gone wrong, the bougie married people were NOT bailing on one another.

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