Sexual Content Trips Up Jumping the Broom
- Friday, May 06, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: May 6, 2011 (limited)
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual situations, language)
Run Time: 108 min.
Director: Salim Akil
Actors: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, and Angela Bassett
Waking up in a strange bed after yet another hookup gone wrong, Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton, Just Wright) has finally had enough. She tells God she’s giving up her bed-hopping ways until he finds her a husband. Fortunately for her, true love doesn’t have to wait long. She soon runs into Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso, Avatar)—literally, with her car—and wedding bells are set to chime.
So far, so good. The problems arise (as they so often do) when Sabrina’s and Jason’s families get involved. In a move clearly designed for disaster, the two groups don’t meet until the weekend of the wedding.
Jason’s mom (Loretta Devine, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family) is a government employee always on the verge of “going postal” no matter how many anger management classes are under her belt. She and her posse are definitely the downtown to the Watson's uptown. Mrs. Taylor is against the wedding from the start and by the time she and her friends from the 'hood arrive at the Watson’s glamorous compound on Martha’s Vineyard, she’s in fine fighting form.
Sabrina’s mom (Angela Bassett, Nothing But the Truth) is the ice to Mrs. Taylor’s fire. Her raging emotions are held back with iron control and sarcasm. However, cracks soon begin to show in her facade, especially when her prodigal sister arrives from France and Sabrina’s dad arrives with his “assistant” in tow. The setting may be beautiful, but things are about to get ugly. Fortunately for the audience, they do so in hilarious fashion.
Knowing that Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes was a producer of the film (and makes a cameo appearance), I was surprised at the amount of flesh on display. There are several protracted shots of Patton in her underwear, but even when characters were fully (albeit gorgeously) clothed, very little was left to the imagination. There’s eye candy for the ladies, too, especially when the men play a bare-chested beach football game.
Sex is ever-present in this film both as a plot line and a topic of conversation. One steamy scene in the kitchen brought back memories of Bull Durham while a sultry rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” was almost uncomfortable. A college boy’s pursuit of a much older woman is played for laughs (are pedophile jokes really funny?), and the rest of the houseguests seem more interested in “who” rather than “what” they can do. Hedonists all, they are united in amazement at the thought that the happy couple could really have survived for six whole months without ‘doing the deed.’
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