Jumping the Broom

May 6th 2011
  • Comedy,
  • PG-13,
  • 108 min,
  • Screen Gems
  • Cast: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Tasha Smith, Julie Bowen, Valarie Pettiford, Romeo Miller, DeRay Davis, Meagan Good, Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aija Terauda, T.D. Jakes, Tenika Davis, Will Lemay, Marguerite McNeil, Vera Cudjoe
  • Director: Salim Akil
  • Writers: Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs, Elizabeth Hunter
  • Producers: Tracey E. Edmonds, Elizabeth Hunter, T.D. Jakes, Michael Mahoney, Glendon Palmer, Curtis Wallace
  • Casting: Twinkie Byrd
  • Costume Design: Martha Curry
  • D.O.P.: Anastas N. Michos
  • Editor: Terilyn A. Shropshire
  • Makeup: Sandra Wheatle
  • Music: Ed Shearmur
  • Production Design: Doug McCullough
  • Set Decoration: Brian Enman


"Jumping the Broom" focuses on a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard where two families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds clash during their first meeting before the big event.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Production Companies: Our Stories Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Worldwide Acquisitions Group, TDJ Enterprises / New Dimensions Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: June 2010 - August 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Could also be fairly titled "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Martha's Vineyard", this comedy about two African-American families from very different socio-economic backgrounds coming together could've made for a biting and deeper than usual look at the rich-poor divide.

Instead we get something from the writer of "Beauty Shop" and "The Fighting Temptations", and judging by some of the clunky dialogue in the trailer, her skills haven't progressed much. The result will likely be better than many a Tyler Perry movie, especially with some of the great talents like Bassett, Bowen, Patton and Devine onboard, however it just seems a shame as this could have been so much more.

Bowen seems stuck as a token white comic relief style character, Bassett playing Patton's mother seems quite odd considering the age difference is barely enough for that to be the case. The plotting is predictable with family dilemmas solved entirely by cliches, but the setting is picturesque and the two young leads do seem to have a decent chemistry."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 10 June 2011: UK