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May092011

Jumping the Broom Made me Want to Jump Outta My Seat... and NOT in a Good Way.

OH dear. I should have listened to my readers who overwhelmingly indicated that they were NOT going to go see Jumping the Broom. You were right! The movie was horrific and it shows that all of the reviewers heaping praise on the movie were GRADING ON A CURVE. I call it The Tyler Perry Movie Review Curve of Delusion. Whereby, we compare every Black movie to Tyler Perry productions. 

As a result of Tyler Perry decimating our expectations related to Black films, any old clunker that doesn't have a cross dressing, profanity spewing, violent septuagenarian grandmother is treated as if its an OSCAR contender. We give Black films extra credit now for not having a Madea-like character in them and that is a terrible shame, because I grew up watching television and movies featuring Black folks that had quality material and quality acting.

Jumping the Broom had some high points, but not nearly as many as many reviewers led us to believe. I don't even know where to start. 

How Did the Movie Depict Black Women?

...as irrationally angry, mean spirited, duplicitous smothering shrews no matter what side of the tracks they live on. Loretta Devine and Angela Bassett's characters were completely and totally UNLIKEABLE! They had no humanity whatsoever.  It was 120 minutes of anti-Black woman propaganda which shouldn't be surprising since Tracey Edmonds said that the purpose of the film was to show that Black men knew how to love Black women...which apparently is miraculous because clearly we're so unlikeable.

How was the acting?

Well let me put it this way. Laz Alonso has the charisma of a pile of iceberg lettuce left outside on hot pavement on a 99 degree summer day... smothered with ranch dressing. He was wretched. He has dead eyes and when he was hitting all of his romantic marks, I just wasn't convinced at all. He dialed it in. 

Angela Bassett played the same character she always plays of late except she was mean and coldblooded and did I mention unlikeable. But her makeup and wardrobe were flawless.

Paula Patton was the breakout star of the film, she can act, even when given CRAPPY material. There is a scene in the kitchen when she looks around at a crowd standing in the kitchen and she doesn't utter a word, but says everything she's feeling with her eyes. Wonderful moment for the 5 seconds it lasted. Maybe the other actresses have more range, but their roles weren't written to show that range off. 

Mike Epps, he showed shades and hints of Terrance Howard at his best when Terrance isn't huffing entire boxes of baby wipes. I said HINTS. Glimpses. 

Loretta Devine. I love Loretta Devine. Ever since she played Gloria in Waiting to Exhale and Stevie on A Different World. Love her. But the character she played was just dreadful. The character had reason to be upset, but we weren't allowed to see that because she went straight to 10 when only a 2 or 3 was required. 

Megan Good... she needs more people.

Lil Romeo needs more people and two acting coaches. Though he could have a future as a sidekick. 

Tasha Smith.. can be enjoyable when she's not in a Tyler Perry movie screaming like an angry banshee.  She actually has the ability to turn in a restrained yet highly entertaining performance when someone lets her. 

Pooch Hall. Decent.

Did I mention that Laz Alonso is a dreadful actor and has dead eyes and kisses like a fish and runs like a llama? 

TD Jakes, his costumes in the film were too tight.

Valerie Pettiford... LOVED HER! Especially when she toned it down. 

Now about the technical aspects of the films.

Since we're using Tyler Perry as the standard by which we measure every Black movie, Tyler has these folks beat. And Y'all know it PAINS me to say it, but Tyler's movies are much better from a technical standpoint than Jumping the Broom. Sure he's addicted to ridiculously long dolly shots for some reason, but his cinematographers and film editors are just better than the ones for Jumping the Broom.  His movies now LOOK better. In Jumping the Broom,  you'd have a master shot in full sun and blown out and then when you'd do the close ups and reverse angles, they'd be in full shadow.  There was no consistency in the lighting at all.  The dolly shots were odd and there was a scene with Angela Bassett sitting at a piano towards the end where it looked like they pulled out an iPhone camera to shoot her closeups. 

Even the scenery which promised to be awesome, fell flat because the cinematographer had many of the scenes outdoors overexposed and blown out. 

Writing?

Dreadful. The people who wrote this movie think that movie goers are DUMB. Therefore, the idea of nuance or restraint is totally lost on them. They leave nothing to the imagination.  They shoe horned a couple of bible verses into the script to appeal to church goers and as much as some folks tried to indicate that this film was some type of infomercial for abstinence, you've been hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray.  They gave it a cursory mention here or there. The movie was about overbearing mothers. period. 

So do I have anything positive about the movie?Yes, the hair and makeup were nice. I got to see some Black performers who I don't get to see on the big screen that often. But that's not enough to justify paying $10. Put it in your cue on Netflix or wait for it to hit Red Box. 

The bad news is that the people who reviewed the movie graded it on a curve. The good news is that I thought the movie was so bad that I shouldn't have any hesitation about making a crappy movie. . . everybody's doing it apparently

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    Look, overall, the movie was garbage. Plot problems, terrible on-screen chemistry between Alonso and Patton, and bad acting makes this movie fall exactly where I thought it would: In the “Movies that I Shouldn’t Have Seen but Did Only Because I Have a Wife” Hall of Fame. If this movie were ...

Reader Comments (45)

Blogmother, you could make something 1000x better than most of the crap put out today.

You hit the nail right on the head when you said that filmmakers actually belief that their audiences are idiots. This "uptown meets downtown" plot has been rehashed so many damn times in black movies, I can't take it anymore. That's why this movie has been on my "I'll wait two years until a suitable version ends up on illegal streaming on the internet" list.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMesaATLien

I hate to say it but....

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

Whew! I dodged a $10 bullet. I don't know why black filmmakers insist on treating black audiences like we're all in some sort of 'Tyler Perrry vortex'. I'm saving my summer dollars for Pirates of the Caribbean, The Help, and some other blockbuster.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershell

I must say that I agree that the movie was dreadfully awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was SOOOO disappointed. There were so many things about this movie that I disliked, including the terrible script and the very predictable acting, however the one thing that I must comment on is the perpetuation of the lack of dark-skinned actresses in a leading role with a love interest. It was apparent that there were two friends of the bride-to-be, yet only one (Megan Goode) was given the opportunity to have a love interest in a sub-plot-type of a role. The other friend (a dark-skinned sister) was just there, I guess to say, "See!! We placed a dark-skinned actress in the movie! We're dismantling stereotypes!!!" The only problem is that she didn't have any lines!!! She was literally just there as some type of token, if you will. There was the brief scene of ad-lib lines while on the phone AND the one scene that she had with the obnoxious cousin seemingly wanting to talk to her began with, "I usually don't talk to dark-skinned girls..." I couldn't believe it was written for her to actually sit there as if she wanted to hear what he was going to say. And it took him whispering something so obsence to make her throw water in his face and walk off. I was too through!

I could go on and on, but the long and short of it is this: if we as African-Americans do not begin to demand that movie producers create quality films for our audience, we almost certainly will continue to see more of the same.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrgm

I haven't made it yet to see the film but I have been hearing nothing but good things.

"The people who wrote this movie think that movie goers are DUMB. Therefore, the idea of nuance or restraint is totally lost on them. They leave nothing to the imagination. "

I totally understand what you mean by this but I think the general black audience likes this kind of thing, we seem to respond to the emotional, and the dramatic. I mean look how many talk out loud in the theatre. I have come to accept black folks who want a higher level of movie making in terms of writing and technical are in the minority.
Some of the technical issues you speak of could be b/c of the budget, I heard this film was only made for 6 million which is a pretty low number in the movie making industry and it looks like they spent most of that 6 million buying space on every black website and commericial time.

I don't want to sound like I am putting down my people (I am not) but many of those old black movies and TV shows had a "multicultural" writing team. They also had a black writers and actors who actually studied their craft in various institutions or high learning or workshops. Debbie Allen, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, Laurence Fishburne, Denzel Washingon etc came from theatre. They didn't get into acting with nothing but their good looks which appears is happening a lot these days with the younger set of actors. And although August Wilson dropped out of school he spent hours in the library teaching himself. You can tell today they teach themselves by watching a lot of movies and basically rehashing what they saw (especially Perry where would he be if the Color Purple was never made).

Now we have a bunch of people who haven't taken even writing 101 but film that they too can get in the business, which is a good thing people are living their dreams but its also taking the art down to a lower level. Even those hood films back in the 90s had better writing and acting than the current crop black people doing well films and that's kind of sad.

When seeing a black film just forget the technicalities and I guess you just should enjoy it for what it is.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

As MesaATLien says, the uptown meets downtown plot has been rehashed in so many Black movies, but I can’t think of one movie where it has been done well…..with the possible exception of “Hav Plenty”. I had high hopes for “Jumping the Broom” in that aspect. But whoever is writing these scripts leave no room for nuance….everyone acts too over the top. Blogmother is right when she says we’ve been dumbed down. No one seems to have taken a lesson from “Love Jones” or “Eve’s Bayou” and learned to write a well-scripted movie for Black folks.

I’m not saying the movie is all bad. From a man’s point of view, the sistas in the movie, Paula Patton, Megan Good,Angela Bassett , Tasha Smith, and Tenika Davis are gorgeous . There is nothing like seeing the majesty of Black women's beauty and richness of their skin tones on screen in the hands of the right cinematographer. That scene where Ms. Patton, Ms. Good, and Ms. Davis are sitting at the beach talking is a visual feast. What can I say about Angela “The Body” Bassett? Lawd Have Mercy! She still gets to me…she made those dresses she wore in the movie look too good. And Tasha Smith….damn….I didn't know she was that fine! Tell Li’l Romeo I ain’t mad at him…I’d be after her too!

I would have liked to have seen more of the budding relationship between the “Black American Princessy” Blythe (Megan Good) and the Chef, but that’s another movie I suppose. And things seems to wrap up way too quickly toward the end. But it was “ahh-ight” I guess. I’m not sorry I went to see it, but it definitely could have been much better.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonnie

Well, I was not eager to see JTB, but with this review and others, I plan to spend the summer going to documentaries and foreign films. Whew!! :)

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Yep, I saw this coming.

The movie's called "jumping the broom"--- I mean, really, the title alone clings to old, stagnant ways of thinking.
Embarrassingly so.

I refuse to see any "black" movie where the previews yuck it up based on the outrageous acts of "dem crazy black wimmins" (here's lookin' at you, Madea.). And Mike Epps needs to kiss a moving L-train. None of the actors in the movie have broken out of the box. They're all making low-rate films meant to draw in lil' Ray-Ray and Shonqueesha over the weekend, it's like media junk food. Just made to turn a profit. All of them are flat stereotypical characters who hoop and holler and toss in a bit or two about Jesus to make themselves feel better.

The movie is also a poor reflection on Christians, especially Black Christians. How are people going to be drawn in when they see supposedly "Christian" women being vengeful, ignorant, spiteful, and full of vitriol?

My money is on the upcoming film Columbiana and films of that sort-- featuring a black woman who isn't a needy, shrieking harpy and is able to assert herself without being squashed into the ball-busting angry black woman mold and all too easily falling to the sidelines. (And no ebonics or neck-rolling. Thank GOD.)

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermia.

I pretty much knew this movie was going to suck. That's why I chose to see Thor instead.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Sniper

Mia, I'm looking forward to Colombiana as well. This was the first time I've heard anything about that movie. Zoe Saldana has been on a bit of an action kick lately with Avatar and The Losers, and now she gets to headline a movie. I'll definitely check it out.

I did notice that she seems to be on a bit of a Halle Berry kick as well with the non-black love interests in her movies. It doesn't really bother me, since I don't have a chance to get with her, lol.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Sniper

I can't speak to the technical aspects of the film, but I have to agree that it wasn't great. The two mothers in the film were portrayed as dour, sour, and pretty much joyless during most of the film. Although, I think Loretta Devine's character was considerably more trifling. The portrayal of the mothers ruined the film for me. Being of a lower class doesn't mean acting like a child and having no sense of respect.

Laz Alonzo was certainly a poor choice to cast as the male lead in the movie - heck, Pooch Hall probably would have done a better job. Laz's kissing scenes with Paula were hella awkward. Plus, he's short. I know that's vain and silly, but a leading man should at least be the leading lady's height if she's wearing heels. Nitpicky, I know.

I didn't read any press or reviews before seeing this, but I find it laughable that the point of the movie was to show that black men knew how to love black women. Angela's husband kept the fact that they were broke from her because.......? Apparently, he didn't know how to handle his investments, and decided to tell her over the wedding weekend? Really? And it was Angela who bailed them out by having a rainy day fund, which.....the husband didn't think of this because.......? How is this evidence of a black man knowing how to love a black woman?

And don't get me started on Laz Alonzo's character - Paula's character made excellent points about how his mother came there and showed her azz several times, including telling secrets that were none of her business to begin with. He let it go unchecked, because.......? Yet, the best Laz could do was say, "Mama, you gotta change?" He didn't even try that hard to find her. He was too busy sitting on the dock of the bay, "praying" and Laz's version of "being emotional." She came to him because.......? He was a Mama's boy, and nothing in his speech to her indicated that he would check his mother when necessary. Nor did his speech indicate why she should marry HIM, after all of that. Basically, he called her optimistic and said she had a nice smile, and POOF! Wedding was on again. Again, how is this evidence of a black man knowing how to love a black woman?

And WHY would someone like Valerie Pettiford's character look Mike Epps' way? He doesn't even know how to approach a woman properly, although she was, of course, "wrong" for not being receptive to his approach. Plus, he wouldn't know what a healthy relationship looked like if it came and punched him in the face - he of 4 marriages. Again, I ask, how is this evidence of a black man knowing how to love a black woman?

Don't even get me started on some lil' boy going after a woman like Tasha Smith's character. I have no issues with May-December romances, but Romeo looks all of 12. Tasha Smith (and by extension her character) is a beautiful woman, fully capable of attracting someone without milk on his breath.

Oh, that's right - I forgot. Black women aren't supposed to have standards and boundaries. The fact that the majority of these men weren't broke down and unemployed/uneducated should have been enough. My bad!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne

To be honest I thought the commercial promoting it was pretty decent and didn't seem so horrible, so I really am kinda disappointed that it was wack.PLUS Laz Alonso is fine!But he ain't got nothing on my boo blackseagoat/Shane!Truth be told Shane is the only reason why I still come here... lol's J/K I wuv you too Gem! tehehe

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

Thanks for saving me 11 bucks. I'll wait for Netflix!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Was there REALLY the line "I usually don't talk to dark-skinned girls?!"

I knew I made the right choice with TCM and a bowl of ice cream. The fact that it was greenlighted told me it would offend my sensibilities somehow and to stay away. Won't get fooled again.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrace

"As a result of Tyler Perry decimating our expectations related to Black films, any old clunker that doesn't have a cross dressing, profanity spewing, violent septuagenarian grandmother is treated as if its an OSCAR contender. We give Black films extra credit now for not having a Madea-like character in them and that is a terrible shame,"

While I didn't mind the movie, gave it a decent review, and actually liked it (which I guess must make me one of those "lil' Ray-Ray and Shonqueesha" types - here's looking at you, Mia :-))), I have to agree that "The Blogmother" is right that a lot of us who liked it are grading on a curve. Didn't initially think of it that way, but it's true.

The current batch of blatantly degrading movies like Skank Robbers, Big Momma's House III, and the utter contempt of Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, starring or produced by our own Black people, are such hate-filled, bad bottom-feeders, that maybe almost ANYTHING is seen as a step up from this current batch of trash, only coming out with the express intent to ridicule and devalue Black women. I don't necessarily consider Jumping the Broom to be that "almost anything", but I can see where my outlook may be skewed to rate a movie higher than it deserves. Especially since I'm tired of only seeing loud, evil, obese, ugly, masculine, nasty caricatures being bounced around as representative of Black women.

Is Jumping the Broom the greatest movie ever made targeted towards Black audiences? By no means. The Best Man was a wedding movie that was much better, story-wise (but not quality-wise in my IMHO), and there are so many more. Anti-Black woman? Not to me. Patronizing any possible condescending towards Black women, definitely yes, to a degree, so I can see where some may see that as anti-Black women.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Sick and Tired

Wow that was one of the rawest reviews I have ever read. Loved it. Haven't seen the film, will probably wait for it to hit cable but despite this review I may break down and go see it. Man I miss movies like Love Jones and even Best Man.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

I have given up on black films in this day and age. I wonder how many underground film makers are working and creating in anonymity--while we lament the crap that is forced on us by the big time Hollyweird movie industry?

I wonder though how actresses like Angela and Loretta feel about the state of affairs in black films-when they sit down and critically assess what's out there. Despite the fact that they always get the parts in these films. If they would tell the truth they would have to admit to dumbing down their acting abilities for the sake of working as actresses. Then I wonder, do they start to lose their acting chops? Just wondering what the process is.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Renee

Fascinating post, G. I hadn't planned to see the movie (am waiting for Xmen, First Class). I enjoyed how you technically dissected the movie: educating your audience on what was wrong with the film technically. My city has an independent movie festival - which includes shorts. So, I look forward to attending a screening of your second short film.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVinindy

For those of you hoping to have your dissenting comments make it out of the moderation que, here are a few tips:

1. Calling the person who makes it possible for the world to read your poorly worded juvenile tantrum names, is a guaranteed way to not have your comment published :)

2. Having a temper tantrum because there is someone one earth who doesn't share your horrible taste in films is a guaranteed way to not have your comment published :)

3. Attacking every Black woman on the planet because you didn't like ONE Black woman's movie review is a great way to not have your comment published.

But I'm thrilled that my writing engenders so much PASSION! It would be nice if y'all got outraged over violence against women or any of the other issues we routinely blog about here, but whatever floats your boat. I look forward to deleting more of you comments later this evening. Its quite thrilling actually!

.... and I thought Tyler Perry fans were a MESS, these TD Jakes acolytes are an embarrassment to the good bishop. For shame! For Shame!

May 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

I saw the movie and I liked it. It was not trying to be an Oscar-worthy vehicle, just a romantic comedy/wedding movie with black people in it. I found it entertaining.

I thought the 2 mothers were awful, but by the end of the film you could see the growth in both of them. I enjoyed Angela's and Loretta's performances. I was happy to see a different side of Tasha Smith. I hope to see it more often in more movies.

Terrance Howard came to mind for me too, but not for Micheal Epps' character. The shifty-eyed trifling cousin who was salty for not being the best man is the character that Terrance usually plays.

The only issue I had with the movie is that T.D. Jakes was in it. Remember Spike Lee in the beginning when he HAD to be in all of his movies? Looks like T.D. is borrowing a page from that playbook. But then again, maybe that helped keep the budget low by not having to pay another actor.

I'm glad I saw the movie and glad I supported it and would recommend it to others.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest

@rgm

"...the one scene that she had with the obnoxious cousin seemingly wanting to talk to her began with, "I usually don't talk to dark-skinned girls..." I couldn't believe it was written for her to actually sit there as if she wanted to hear what he was going to say. And it took him whispering something so obsence to make her throw water in his face and walk off. I was too through! "

Yep, I wish her character would have got up and walked off immediately after he made the first comment. The "WTF?" face she had throughout the rest of the scene was priceless. That happened to me in real life. I was at the airport waitng for my luggage to come around on the carousel and this dude came up, told me how fine I was and said "I'm not usually attracted to dark-skinned women, but you might make me change my mind." I was literally speechless. I couldn't believe that a grown man in this day and age could actually say something so stupid. After I found my voice I told him that I didn't need him to do me any favors and went about my business.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest

Totally agree with you about grading on the curve. I went to see the film because it was NTP (not you know who). It was eh. Beautiful actors, pretty scenery, poor writing. I thought Paula Patton was treacherous. She acted like a nitwit. I kept remarking to my friend how flawless Angela Basset looks. And I also love Loretta Devine, though her character was very unlikeable. I think Gary Dourdan and Megan Good's little subplot was more interesting than the actual plot. And can we talk about no chemistry for the lead actors in a romantic comedy?

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

@jen NO CHEMISTRY WHATSOEVER! Laz Alonso is a horrible actor. When they kissed i almost cringed.

No on Paula, maybe I assumed she was not playing herself. I thought once she got on the island, her character was less annoying.

May 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

@ DJ Sniper, did you say Thor? Is that wonderful mound of chocolate Idriss Elba in Thor? If that's the case, HELL YEAH! :) :)

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

Dear Trolls:

Of course I post reviews from people who liked the movie. Scroll through the comments. I would LOVE to post reviews from people who LOVED the movie. That would make for an awesome comments section. Unfortunately most of these reviews are written by people who don't know how to express an opinion squalling like a child, calling those that disagree names, attacking Black women in general, and basically acting a fool.

SO if you want your dissenting opinion to appear in THESE comments sections, you'll share your opinion about the movie and keep your opinion about what you think about people who don't share your opinion to yourself.

You don't want to defend the movie, you want to force all Black people to think just like you and we don't do the Black Thought Police 'round here.

Thank you, Goold Luck, and Good bye!

May 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

Rev Mama Africa,
Fair enough, but don't forget though that "that wonderful mound of chocolate Idriss Elba" hates black women in real life too. Just sayin'.

I never intended to see JTB. When I saw the clips I could tell it looked SLIGHTLY better than a typical Tyler Perry movie, but there was still something about it that just made me cringe. After reading this post I knew I was right to go with that feeling.

I MIGHT watch Colombiana and the other movie with Michael Fassbender and the actress whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment. Hopefully they won't be as insulting to my intelligence.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNia

@nia can you provide a link regarding Edris Elba hating Black women.

May 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

No I can't provide a specific link. But I have read on a few entertainment outlets about the manner in which he treated his former girlfriend when she was six month's pregnant with his child. Perhaps to say that he hates black women is wrong. But the manner in which I read he treated her to me is indicative of DBR behaviour exhibited by many men. I haven't got a problem with anyone watching his movies, I just find there is a tendency for some black women to put him on a pedestal which I feel is wrong.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNia

As more and more people go see the movie I am hearing more similar sentiments. No one hates the movie, but they are saying its typical or it could wait for cable.

And since when does Idris hate BW? Some people on here spew that phrase way to easily. I have never heard Idris say anything of that sort or it would have been on all the blogs. I know he says he doesn't want to do anymore Tyler Perryish type movies.

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

@Nia I also believe that Idris is damaged and of no good use to black women.

He MARRIED a non black woman,she might be half black,whom he could not make it work with.
They got a Divorce.
(see here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc1dErh4Wck

He then reserved "baby mommadumb/dom" for one of us "less respectable black women"(she's on the light side too but I'm sure British Idris isn't typical or even a bit color struck at all *end sarcasm*).Oh, and apparently he kicked her out of the house and to the curb once she had their baby
http://mediatakeout.com/44721/id.html

I realize that MTO is a gossip site that doesn't always have their info correct.
But I tend to believe all negative stories about black men and others,but especially black men, doing bad things to black women until proven otherwise.From the stories I've heard,I just don't trust dude at all ,and I never did think he was fine.He's very overrated IMHO.

Back to topic:It seems that I can't even buy the dvd of this film.Lol's @ dude in the movie saying "I usually don't date dark skin women".WTH were they thinking?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

Very interesting review. I liked it a little more than you, but I did have serious problems with many of the themes. I wrote a review of it at my blog: http://bit.ly/ikJU3j

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Revmamaafrika, Idris did a good job in Thor. There were some ignorant fanboys out there who were pissed at him being in the movie, saying that a white actor should have played his part. Thankfully, those people are in the minority, because everybody I've talked to who saw the movie thought he did a great job.

Truth P, let me ask you something: Do you have a problem with people who believe all the negative stories and statistics about black women who do bad things to black men until proven otherwise?? If so, then why do you find it so easy to believe all negative stories about black men doing bad things to black women until proven otherwise?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Sniper

Borrow it from your public library for free. If it's a clunker, why pay any money to see it at all?

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

Wow, I surprised to read this review, I've actually been hearing good things about this movie. I guess I'll just have to see it myself. Angela Basset and Loretta Devine are two of my favorites--I'm sorry to hear their characters were so flat. I've also grown to appreciate Paula Patton, she's a really great actress. I never expect movies of this genre to be cinematic masterpieces whether they're black films or not. If I can soldier through "He's Just Not That Into You" and "The Back-Up Plan" this can't be 1/2 as bad ( I hope).

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriman

I am neither a die-hard TD Jakes nor Tyler Perry fan and I enjoyed Jumping the Broom in all of its predictability. I am an avid movie goer and my mood, determines the type of movie I see. Sometimes I want a more complex film that reveals itself one layer at a time or a movie that moves me or makes me think which is why I was one of a handful of people watching Desert Flower and I Will Follow. Sometimes I want absurd, light, silly. I got what I expected from Jumping the Broom--a romantic comedy with a happy ending. I especially liked that I got to see another dimension to both Loretta Devine and Tasha Smith. I I love to see people who look like me on screen in all of our variations.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpeak My Truth

Do you have a problem with people who believe all the negative stories and statistics about black women who do bad things to black men until proven otherwise?? If so, then why do you find it so easy to believe all negative stories about black men doing bad things to black women until proven otherwise?

No, I don't have a problem with that at all.I believe black men do more harm to black women and black children than the other way around but I also know that many black relationships are way toxic so I guess it's whatever.Whoever is PROVEN to have done harm to someone is the guilty party.Just because I'm a little prejudice in favor of black women doesn't mean that I don't expect others to be prejudice in their own favor.I mostly care about justice for black women and girls.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

I thought the central theme of this film was that black women have to lower their "supa dupa much too high" standards in finding their IBM (ideal black man). That's the sole impression I got from the movie preview. If true, that makes it no different from a TP support-the-lower-class-black-male 'cause black-women-are-too-uppity creations.

Plus, seeing that guy with the wide-cut Joker's mouth (the lead actor) didn't make me view this film as romantic or interesting at all.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Chambers

I haven't seen nor was I planning on seeing it, for all of the above. Le sigh. It's a shame because one of the screenwriters is an obviously intelligent black woman who has a good personal blog. She remains in that cycle of mediocrity (and linking such narrow perspectives to blackness) like a lot of BW do. Then they wonder why they're marginalized. My speculation. If this gets a lower grade than A Toilet Paper Production that's REALLY pathetic. Shudder!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

When I saw the preview I tweeted this is more poor relationship advice for Black people. As a Black woman that's been married 11 years I can't understand why anyone would agree to marry someone and they have never met their parents.

I really want to support Black films. I really do, but those making them have to do better. Like @Barbara I knew this was going to be a Netflix view.

However, I do feel Terrance on the baby wipes.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAminah

I was also stunned by the "I don't usually talk to darkskinned girls" bit to.. It wasn't educational and it was disappointing & unecessary. Why can't black women be happy, openminded,pleasant and successful but yet capable of building a legacy and instilling values and morals in these movies? The lead seemed bored with his role. And everyone ignoring the passive white assistant with her lil jabs here and there about chicken and not staying in the sun too long was beyond me.. It was just alot of aspects of this movie I did not appreciate... too many to list ....the review @ the top sums this up with a bow on top smh

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

Thank you for the review, I was planning to see this movie when (if) it comes to the UK but I am seriously re-considering. I guess for me just seeing movies with 'normal' black people who are middle class, hardworking, law abiding citizens is such a rare thing I tend to do my best to support such films. Especially when they have the like's of Angela Bassett who I still adore despite her unfortunate tendency to star in TP vehicles or Loretta Devine. I guess actresses have to take work where they can and last I noticed Hollywood is not exactly breaking their doors down.
I will be thinking about this one for sure, especially if BW are painted in a negative light. BW are my first and only concern and anyone who hates on them will not get my money or support.

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLili

I agree that the character which was played by Angela Basset played could have been less dour. This movie could have shown Angela and her husband (Brian Stokes Mitchell) with a love scene, to really have shown their affection. But other than that, I loved it. Unfortunately, if you’re one of these people shocked by the character that said he normally did not date dark skinned black women, maybe someone struck a chord.
It was fabulous. (I loved Love Jones, Love and Basketball, the Best Man (Morris and Terrence yummy, so I like being black and seeing beautiful characters that represent us well). I thought the acting was better than many many main stream films, even those that were considered Oscar worthy. I hope the whole cast gets nominated. I saw it twice. Angela’s hair was beautiful, and so were all of the sisters in it. I loved Tasha Smith and cute little Romeo too. And the Aunt Viv (Valarie Pettiford) could sing. Haters shut up!!!! Go put together your own money with several people and make something better! Loved it! Oh yeah and Gary Dourdan, equals gorgeous

'Haters shut up!!!!'

Well, based upon that well thought out and insightful argument, it appears that we have all been silenced. I knew from the clips, from the woman with the pseudo African accent saying "Ghetto" that it would be a fail. This all boils down to each and everyone of these fools needing a check. Nothing more. Nothing less. As someone else indicated earlier there isnt much work for Black actors. So its lets all pile into this rickety clown car mess of a movie and pay our bills.

Also Tracey Edmonds? Really? The same one who gave us Who's That Caddy? As well as executive produced that College Hill coon fest? Whenever you see her name attached to any project, run for the hills.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMena

Someone please send Angle Basset to an acting coach. I am so tired of the curled lip antics with her mouth!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

I completely disagree with all of this! It's like if nobody is walking around smokin weed, cursing, being players, or stealing, and being ghetto fabulous then nobody likes it. I appreciate the approach that the writers took with this film. It's not your average black film. It's a clean, respectful, good-hearted love story. It did NOT send a message that black women are unlikable. There is always an unlikable character in movies. Tasha Smith's charcter wasn't unlikable. Meagan Good wasn't unlikable. Sabrina's aunt in the film wasn't unlikable. Loretta Divine's character was going through a rough time letting go of her son and came around in the end. So did Angela Bassett's character. Deray Davis' character was unlikable but I guess we're gonna jump on the angry black woman bandwagon like we do everything else huh? I respect this film. It's a story of love, respect, understanding, honesty, etc. Very light hearted film with many lessons to be learned. Every black film doesn't have to have your stereotypical dramatics. Because truth be told, not all black families are like that. Tyler Perry does what he does but I am so happy to see someone take a classier approach. The men looked very handsome. Not wearing colorful suits and gators. And Not like they just put on the ONLY suit they own just dragged themselves to the wedding.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKera

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