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Jumping The Broom

Jumping The Broom
Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Brian Stokes Mitchel, Vararie Pettiford, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, Julie Bowen, Mike Epps, Tasha Smith and Romeo Miller

Rated: PG-13  
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: May 6, 2011 Released by: TriStar

Loretta Devine steals the comedy and drama; she makes us laugh and frustrates everyone in the family. She is always worth watching, but I would not want her to be my mother-in-law.

Poor Paula Patton is the bride about to marry Devine's son and this mixed marriage, well to do and working class will be on the rocks before the ceremony takes place. Patton and her intended played by Laz Alonzo are a great looking couple and appear seriously in love and ready to make the commitment.

Parents are not so sure the marriage is right for their kids. Devine wants to keep her little boy and Angela Bassett the mother of the bride is shocked by the attitudes of Devine. Within all the comic banter there is a serious secret that involves Bassett's sister played by Valarie Pettiford.

While the main story goes on we find the cook Gary Dourdan becoming involved with a wedding guest and we watch the wedding planner (Julie Bowen) run wild by Bassett. A rather pleasant attraction comes to light between twenty something Romeo Miller and Devine's older best friend Tasha Smith. The fall spring romance lights up the comedy when things get serious.

The families play football at the estate on Martha's Vineyard, argue, fight, and resolve various problems all during the wedding weekend.

While we are not surprised by the outcome the trip is pleasant to take. The comedy is understated, the performers are attractive and we see conflict between economically different families as a potential comical problem in marriage.

We may want to beat on Loretta Devine's character before the film ends; she delivers her sarcastic attitude with a skill that makes us ready to kill but we want to forgive her. Particularly as the sun sets on the stunning island setting and the white tent where the party takes place shines in the moonlight. Who can stay angry under those conditions, not the characters who all agree in the end that Jumping the Broom is the right thing to do.

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