Jumping the Broom, the highly publicized Rev. T.D. Jakes and Tracey E. Edmonds produced movie, hit the theatres yesterday, May 6. A movie designed to take a more mature approach to black marriage, Jumping the Broom tells the story of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonzo) and their comical yet realistic journey to their wedding day.
The story also centers on the differences in both of their families social classes. Sabrina’s parents are wealthy people who live in Martha’s Vineyard with an assortment of assistants, such as a chef, maid, and wedding planner. On the other hand, Jason’s dad is deceased and his mother has a blue collar job as a post office worker in Brooklyn, New York. In the beginning of the movie, Sabrina prays to God that she meets the right man for her if she stays committed to being more selective in the type of men she entertains. Shortly afterwards, she meets Jason who she accidently hits with her car while waiting at a busy intersection. After Sabrina checks on Jason to make sure he is not hurt, they make a connection and date for five months. Jason decides to propose to Sabrina and off starts the journey to their wedding day.
It has now been six months since Sabrina and Jason have dated and their friends and family are surprised they have decided to get married so soon. On the weekend of the wedding day, Jason’s family is invited to come enjoy in the festivities. When Jason and Sabrina’s mothers first meet there is already friction due to their differences in looking at money and the world. During dinner the night the family arrives, Jason’s mom starts an argument between her and Sabrina’s mom, Mrs. Watson (Angela Bassett) that causes a series of events unforeseen by both families. The secret is that Sabrina’s real mom is her Aunt Geneva (Valarie Pettiford), who was pregnant with her at 16 and decided to give her baby to Mrs. Watson and Mr. Watson (Brian Stokes Mitchell). Once the secret is out, Sabrina runs away from the family, but ultimately realizes how much Jason loves her and then the wedding takes place. Jumping the Broom is a classic movie, in the same caliber as other wedding movies, such as, Father of the Bride. The comedy and drama in Jumping the Broom is representative of the trials and tribulations surrounding marriage, but with an African American twist. The tradition of ‘jumping the broom’ as mentioned in the movie is a tradition originating during slavery times where a man and woman would jump the broom to signify they were married. I give the movie four stars and hope to see many Columbus residents go out and enjoy it!
Links to Movie times in Columbus, OH:
AMC Easton Town Center
AMC Lennox Town Center
Arena Grand Movie Theater