The first weekend in May, at what is now recognized as the beginning of the summer movie season, two wedding themed movies enter the box-office fray, and Jumping the Broom, despite not being based on a best-selling novel, appears to be the more ambitious of the two.
Veteran television director Salim Akil helms this tricky marriage of subjects and styles with verve and requisite sass, thanks in large part to a pair of seasoned matriarchs, Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine, who are able to focus our attention in the midst of what could have otherwise been a beautiful maelstrom.
The main problem here is that there are enough story lines and characters for a full season of a soapy drama (with no time for a hiatus), which is why Bassett and Devine become so important; without their grounding influence, this ceremonial affair among “the bold, the black and the beautiful” would never hold our attention. These two heavy hitters are the first real tent poles of the summer season. Grade: C-plus
Opens May 6. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.