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Review: Jumping the Broom

The film tries to balance an improbable barrage of plotlines with crude ethnic jokes
By ZAK JASON  |  May 12, 2011
2.0 2.0 Stars

Six months after they first meet, Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso) arrive on Martha's Vineyard to wed on Sabrina's upper-crust family estate. Soon after, Jason's postal-worker mother (Loretta Devine), his goofball uncle (Mike Epps), and his other inner-city family members swarm in and unleash a tedious two-hour battle of class, taste, and romance. At the rehearsal dinner, Mrs. Taylor berates the Watsons for losing their racial identity. Mrs. Taylor's best friend, Shonda (Tasha Smith), sparks a borderline pedophilic romance with Sabrina's brother (Romeo). The film tries to balance an improbable barrage of plotlines with crude ethnic jokes (as for China, Mrs. Taylor bemoans, "My baby don't like nothing sweet and sour"). For all that the ensemble can charm, Jumping the Broom is the mess you get when you mix Romeo and Juliet with Are We There Yet? and Meet the Fockers.

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