Jumping the Broom

Theatrical Release: May 6, 2011
Jumping the Broom


Noah, Alex, Ricky, Chance and their significant others take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard for a weekend wedding getaway. As each couples relationship is further investigated, drama begins to unfold. Noah, a screenwriter, asks his friends for advice on furthering his relationship to a more serious level while maintaining success in his work. Chance and Eddie hope to recover their seven year marriage but it seems to have lost its spark. Ricky, a playboy, is all about the college ladies but is hiding a secret he does not want anyone to know.

Dove Review

This is a film about social classes to some extent, and takes place during plans for a wedding. It focuses on the matriarch of the groom’s family, a postal worker, who feels slighted when it comes to the upcoming nuptials of her son and bride-to-be. Unfortunately the mothers of said bride and groom just don’t hit it off. The film concentrates on romantic relationships as well as social standing. I read that this is director Salim Akil’s first big picture and his visual work is nicely handled. Of course, with several scenes taking place at Martha’s Vineyard, it wouldn’t take Steven Spielberg to come up with something good. But still, Akil handles the comedy and emotions of the actors very well in addition to the scenery and backgrounds.

As far as it being a family film, he comes closer than Tyler Perry has recently in making a film suitable for the family. The character of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) has had too many one-night stands, and is determined to remain pure in her sexual life until she gets married. When she meets Jason (Laz Alonso) she finds herself in romantic bliss. Unfortunately, despite Sabrina’s desire to be pure, the sexual content hits a three in the film in our content rating and there is one use of biblical profanity. Therefore, we are unable to award this otherwise nicely-told story our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Implied sex between unmarried couple; a few frank sexual comments; passionate kissing; lyrics heard from song "Sexual Healing".
Language: Ch*ist-1; G/OMG-11; Lord-1; H-6; D-1; P-1; Whore-1; Slang for having sex-3; Slang for female genitalia-4
Violence: A woman going quite slowly in a car hits a man but he is fine; man kicks woman a couple of times under a table, giving her a signal to be quiet; two characters slap each other; a man is shoved and a man punches another man.
Drugs: Smoking in one scene; champagne and wine; a bar scene.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman seen in bra and panties; shirtless men; woman in bikini; man seen in boxers.
Other: Family disagreements and tension; disrespectful attitudes; a woman closes a business window for a moment to a customer to gossip with her friend; gossip.


Company: TriStar Pictures
Writer: Elizabeth Hunter & Arlene Gibbs
Director: Salim Akil
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 113 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter