JUMPING THE BROOM is a surprisingly touching and sincere comedy for mature audiences. It follows the travails of Jason and Sabrina, as their two very different families meet for the first time just days before their wedding. Through the difficulties and problems that occur, their faith in God and love for one another is strengthened.
The movie opens on Sabrina Watson after a regrettable one night stand. She prays for forgiveness for making this mistake (again) and makes a vow that she will stay pure until she is married. She then asks God to send her a husband and make it obvious, and promptly hits a pedestrian with her car. The victim, Jason Taylor, is unharmed and the two begin a chaste but whirlwind romance. They are engaged within a few months, and plan to marry immediately because Sabrina has a job opportunity in China.
Due in part to the rapid nature of their relationship’s development, Sabrina has never met Jason’s family. Two days before the wedding, Jason’s mother arrives at the Watson’s gorgeous estate in Martha’s Vineyard, along with her best friend, her nephew and Jason’s uncle. Mrs. Taylor is a widow and is already off-put by what she sees as rude behavior by Sabrina before she even arrives. Conflict begins immediately upon Mrs. Taylor’s arrival, with misunderstandings and intentional slights from both sides.
Knowing that Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes was a producer of the film (and makes a cameo appearance), It is surprising to see 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.’
Despite that, this is a very funny movie—and it’s an accessible humor not limited to one race or class. The one exception to that rule is the hapless wedding planner played by Julie Bowen (TV’s Modern Family). Her character has apparently never seen a person of color before and is too clueless to keep any passing thought to herself. It was funny at first but as the time went on and her wide-eyed wonder continued unabated it became a mildly annoying distraction. Other than that, the pace is excellent, moving quickly from laugh to laugh, showcasing the beautiful setting and glorious clothing while eventually managing to make a point.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Alcohol flows freely and most characters imbibe with abandon.
- Language/Profanity: He**, a character called a who** (in French with subtitles).
- Sex/Nudity: Sex is a predominant theme of the film and the topic of much of the conversation, some explicit. One character says she’s “a hermaphrodite.” Several underwear and bikini shots, some involving heavy petting. Even fully clothed, many characters are scantily clad. A make-out scene is interrupted almost too late. Sultry rendition of “Sexual Healing,” pedophile joke, too many references to list.
- Violence: A well-placed (and well-deserved) punch thrown.
Our Final Word
We have no right to point the finger at Bishop T.D. Jakes or other Christian producers but the Bible says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Gal 5:9). Yes, we live in a sinful world but, ‘the wages of sin is death’ (Rom 6:23), and there was a lot of lust in this movie—and it should be expressed that this behavior is unacceptable for Christians. When we fall short as Christians we must repent, “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
The characters never really profess to be Christians but if a movie is going to be faith based and havethe preacher, scripture, prayer, and Christ like things, then the movie should bring the power of God.The world does not hold back their convictions in their movies and neither should Christians. This movie has a form of Godliness but it denies God’s power (II Tim. 3:5) to change people, heal people and ultimately empower them to live obedient lives. There are many people who abstain from lust and sexual activity, and it’s not because they want to make a deal with God, but because God has asked that of them, they believe God knows what is best for them, and it’s their hearts desire to please God.
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