I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend an early viewing of Jumping The Broom, starring Laz Alonso, Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, and Angela Bassett. Now that was enough to peak my attention alone. Then I heard that my new cougar crush Lil' Romeo was in it (he goes strictly by Romeo now), alongside Mike Epps and Tasha Smith. Meagan Good also does a fabulous job. Everyone was perfectly cast.
In case you don't know what it's about, Paula Patton's character, Sabrina makes a deal with God. After sleeping with numerous good looking losers, she asked God to send her soul mate. In return, she won't sleep with him until after they're married. I gotta tell you, the girl's got heart. I wonder if I make the same deal, can I get Laz Alonso, cause he's fine. I'm just not sure that I could keep my end of the bargain. Just being honest. Anyway, in walks Laz Alonso's character Jason. He woos her, she keeps her deal with God and in a few months, they are engaged. Laz is from Brooklyn (where Brooklyn at, where Brooklyn at) and his mom is blue collar worker Loretta Devine. Sabrina's family is from Martha's Vinyard. They are the upper echelon of black society. Her parents are played by Angela Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell. They speak french, have servants, and eat caviar. So you know that when they meet up with Loretta Devine, turmoil ensues.
I could see a lot of realistic situations in this movie and the importance of putting your foot down and being an adult, while still showing your parents respect. If needed, you might wanna do that early. I've even heard rumblings that a few of the situations in this movie were based on producer Tracey Edmonds real life quickie engagement to comedian Eddie Murphy. I have to admit, as I watched, I tried to read between the lines and figure out which situations that might be.
I was happy to see Mike Epps in an "adult" comedic role. His role wasn't entirely haha. He played a somewhat dramatic-comedic role. It looked good on him. He even had a Morris Chestnut moment. You know in Best Man when he walked into the club and you whispered "damn" under your breath. I didn't whisper that with Mike. But he was smoother than a piece of butter.
At the end of the day, Jumping The Broom showed the importance of family and love regardless of the situation. It showed that things are not as they always appear and definitely how important it is to communicate. Which is one of my favorite principles. The actors were great and the scenery was beautiful. Ladies, you'll love the football scene. LOVE IT! You can give me your feedback later. Definitely go to see this movie..Go opening weekend. Let's support black films so that we can have more! Here's a little peek at the football scene