Jumping the Broom

Director Salim Akil makes an impressive feature-film debut with this pleasant little throwback of a movie. Broom has the charm of an old-school Hollywood romantic comedy. Heck, the central character, played by the alluring Paula Patton, is even named Sabrina. You have to be a pretty solid director with a gift for nuance to pull off a scene like the one in which El DeBarge breaks out singing in the middle of Manhattan; Akil has the ability to make something potentially maudlin both cute and entertaining. The story centers on Sabrina’s impending marriage to Jason (Laz Alonso), a man she meets after hitting him with her car. Their families come together at the upscale home of Sabrina’s parents (played by the ever-reliable Angela Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell). Jason’s mom (Loretta Devine) is a postal worker with a bad attitude, and she’s angry that she isn’t meeting her daughter-in-law until the wedding weekend. Jumping the Broom is forgettable, but it’s cute.

Credits

Director:

  • Salim Akil

Cast:

  • Angela Bassett
  • Paula Patton
  • Laz Alonso
  • Loretta Devine
  • Meagan Good
  • Tasha Smith
  • Julie Bowen
  • DeRay Davis
  • Valarie Pettiford
  • Mike Epps
  • Pooch Hall
  • Romeo Miller
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell
  • Gary Dourdan
  • T.D. Jakes
  • El DeBarge

Producers:

  • T.D. Jakes
  • Curtis Wallace
  • Tracey E. Edmonds
  • Elizabeth Hunter
  • Glendon Palmer
  • Michael Mahoney

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