OK for kids 13+
Sweet, funny wedding comedy is a good parent-and-teen pick.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this wedding comedy was produced by evangelical preacher TD Jakes. It includes some kissing and discussion of premarital sex/celibacy, but at heart it's an uplifting story about the importance of love, family, and tradition. There are a couple of shots of characters (both male and female) in their underwear, but the action is limited to a few sexy smooches. Language is mild for a PG-13 film, and there's no violence outside of a football match that leaves the groom flat on his back. Some of the issues -- classism within the African-American community, mothers who hate every woman their son brings home, teen mothers forced to give away their babies -- are a bit mature for younger audiences, but the movie could prompt discussion about romantic and family relationships.
- Families can talk about the movie's message about romantic and family relationships. Does a couple need to share a similar background to have a successful relationship?
- How does this movie compare to other wedding comedies? Does it send any positive or negative messages about weddings and/or marriage? Why do so many wedding movies focus on the big day rather than what comes after?
The good stuff
Messages: Many of the movie's messages center around faith (the film was produced by an evangelical preacher). It also emphasizes the importance of respecting your parents but knowing when it's OK to disagree with them; being truthful with the people closest to you, even if it's hurtful; trusting your children to make the right decision; and not judging others based on their social status or education.
Role models: Ultimately the bride and groom are admirable role models because they learn to look past their family differences and respect each other's backgrounds and parents. They believe in each other enough to marry, even though their lives are "messy." Mr. Watson refuses to allow Mrs. Watson to push him away, and Mrs. Taylor's best friend and brother-in-law both lovingly encourage her to own up to her misdeeds in trying to break up the wedding.
What to watch for
Violence: Some mild pushing and shoving during a touch football game.
Sex: The movie opens with Sabrina fastening her bra; she's later shown in her bra and panties, as is one of the bridesmaids. Jason's uncle and cousin flirt boldly with Sabrina's aunt and bridesmaids. Sabrina's aunt sings Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" in a skimpy dress. The caterer and a bridesmaid kiss and are caught in their lingerie and underwear. The bride and groom kiss passionately a few times. Bridesmaids wonder whether the groom is on the "downlow" or cheating, since the bride-to-be has insisted on premarital celibacy. Teen motherhood is referenced in the story.
Language: Language includes "damn," "hell," "hook up," and "oh my God," plus insults like "stupid," "loser," and the terms "bougie" and "bootstrapper," which are used derogatively to mean "upper class" and "self-made."
Consumerism: BlackBerry, Prius, Land Rover, Polo, Lacoste, and a few other brands are on display in the movie.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults are shown with champagne and other drinks at meals and a reception. The wedding party drinks at a bar/restaurant, where one groomsmen says the groom should get "wasted." Sabrina's aunt acts drunk before she takes the stage.
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Jumping the Broom by cmread
This movie was excellent! All of the actors were great! Laz Alonzo is such a handsome man and Paula Patton is full of beauty. I did appreciate the twist in this movie that I did not see coming. The location was very nice, although I know it was not filmed where they said, the Hamptons, but it sure made me think it was. Great directing. It was a positive message to young women to save thier cookies and if he's the one for you, he will wait. Don't give a boyfriend, husband privileges. Get my drift?
Keep making positive movies like this!
Jumping the Broom by ask19
I was pleasantly proven wrong after only a few minutes into the film. Great movie and very entertaining
Romantic and Funny by panacheekz
This was great movie. It kept me entertain from beginning to end. I loved the cast and the story's plot!
Great movie, with good story line. by Movie4me55
Enjoyed the movie alot, both my partner and I knew what the outcome was going to be, but did not expect how the story was going. Enjoyed the light conflicts between the charaters, and loved Loretta Devine's mother image of loosing her only son.
I belive the direction was good, but would have liked to see more info into some of the other minor charcters and how their relationships would work out. ie: Mom and Dad and their money
issues or the maid of honor and the Chief.
I have recommended the movie to all of my friends as a "must see for the summer".
JUMPING The Broom by ythomas1
I have to say it was not what I expected. The leading charactors were good. Not sure if the Debarge cameo was appreciated? There was a good message in the movie regarding the 'keep your mama out of your business' because there are cases where mothers tend to over protect their sons as if they were dating them..Weird I know ...I have seen this many a times but over all the movie was good. I'm glad it was not so ghetto for a change:)
Very entertaining by whitlow07
This is a great movie for adults. It really makes you think about family as a whole biologically and being married into a family.
A little rushed, but overall a feel good movie
I took my mother to see this. It was a nice movie to see with her because despite sexual references, there were no real sex scenes. There were some very funny moments, and once the families came together and were all interacting, it was a fun movie.
Personally, I think some parts could have been developed better. If you want to rent it, that would work too!
Great to see Angela Bassett in a movie again!