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Jumping the Broom is a 2011 dramedy film directed by Salim Akil. The plot involves two African-American families living on opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, who have to get together for a wedding on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

The Taylors are a downtown working-class family, whose matriarch Pam Taylor (Loretta Devine) is very upset when her son Jason (Laz Alonso) announces that he is getting married to Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) at the last minute. Sabrina belongs to the Watsons, a wealthy uptown family led by Claudine Watson (Angela Bassett), who is just as upset as Pam to learn of the impending nuptials. When the families finally meet at the Watsons' estate, it doesn't take long for Pam and Claudine to clash, especially when it comes to how the wedding should go. Sure enough, the wedding itself turns out to be the least of everyone's worries as the date draws closer...


  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Jason finally has enough and tells off his mother for constantly treating him like a child, driving away all his previous relationships in the past, and then having the audacity to reveal the truth about Sabrina's parents, which was none of her business to tell.
      Jason: What was that?
      Pam: It was the truth. I prayed on it! Somebody had to tell her!
      Jason: You prayed on it? And God told you to do this? To destroy a family and ruin Sabrina's life?
      Pam: I was protecting you!
      Jason: Protecting me from what, Mom?! I'm not a 10-year-old boy anymore!
      Pam: No, no, no, no, you watch your tone! You realize who you're talking to?
      Jason: Mom, what is it that you want from me? You want love? I'll give it to you. You want respect? I give you that, too.
      Pam: "Respect"? Well, you haven't given me very much of that this weekend.
      Jason: How? Because the shrimp was cold, or because your pies didn't make the menu? Or because Sabrina just doesn't wanna jump the broom? It's her wedding, not yours!
      Pam: Listen! You and the little girl have been dating for six months! She thinks she's too good to come 'cross the bridge and say hello to me?!
      Jason: No she doesn't. I wouldn't let her.
      Pam: You?
      Jason: Yes. Can you understand why, now? Look at what you've done! Mom… every single woman that I have let in my life… you've driven them away with your manipulations! And I actually thought Sabrina would be a little different. But no. You win.
      Pam: Jason…
      Jason: No, Mom, no! You treat me like I'm either a little boy or your husband! And I'm neither! I am a man, and I am your son. And I promised you that I will always be here for you, and that hasn't changed. That hasn't! But you have got to change. You've got to change, Mom…
    • Not long after this, Willie Earl calls Pam out for her actions, as well.
      Pam: I didn't mean to say it.
      Willie Earl: Yes you did.
      Pam: I did not! It just slipped out!
      Willie Earl: "It slipped out"?! You know you've been trying to break up this marriage ever since the beginning, you know that?
      Pam: I feel terrible about this!
      Willie Earl: You oughta feel terrible about this, Pam! You know, it's real funny how people like to apologize after they do something bad, it's real funny. I see you sitting there with your bible, you're praying. Trying to make up with God? If you wanna pray on something, Pam… you better pray that Jason get that girl back. Pray on that!
  • The Cameo
    • El DeBarge, in one of his first major appearances after kicking a decades-long drug habit, appears as a piano player and singer during Jason's proposal to Sabrina in the beginning.
    • Doubling as a Creator Cameo, bishop T.D. Jakes, one of the film's producers, appears as Pastor James.
  • The Casanova: William Earl, who apparently has been married 3 times.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Malcolm tries to be this, though he's unsuccessful.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Watsons, for lack of a better term, as they
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: Inverted. Malcolm even comments on it, saying they must be rich if they're black and have white people working for them. Played straight with their Jamaican maid.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Jason tells Sabrina to say something to him in French, and she says "Please don't be mad, but we can't have sex on our honeymoon because I'll be having my time of the month."
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo/Nephewism: Sabrina's aunt Geneva is actually her mother.
  • Fanservice: For both genders in the scene where Blythe talks to the chef. She's wearing a bikini and he's wearing nothing but overalls. There is also the scene where Sabrina is looking at herself in the mirror in white panties and bra.
  • Family Disunion: This is probably one of the best examples.
    • Sabrina discovers that her aunt is actually her mother
    • Her mother, Claudine, suspects that her husband is having an affair. The real problem in their marriage is not much better
    • The two mothers, Claudine and Pam, develop an instant hatred of each other, and aren't afraid to show it.
  • Gratuitous French: Claudine, Geneva and Sabrina speak in French throughout the movie.In one scene Sabrina and Claudine start talking in French, and Shonda says "Are they trying to 'voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir' us?"
  • Hot Men at Work: There was no other reason for the chef to be outside in nothing but overalls catching fish.
  • Jerkass: Malcolm, who got way too jealous because Jason didn't make him the best man.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: This was brought up in argument between Geneva and Claudine, with the former saying, "At least, I could get pregnant!", which earns her a slap from the latter.
  • Lets Wait Awhile: Sabrina does this after waking up one day next to some guy who had another woman.
  • Likes Older Women: Sebastian (who is 20), who goes after Shonda (who is somewhere in her 40s). Shonda actually likes him too, but initially hesitates on acting on her feelings because of the significant age gap.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Mrs. Watson assumes her husband is fooling around with another woman. It turns out she's his financial adviser and that they're broke
  • Momma's Boy: Jason, or at least his mother sees him as this. Which leads into...
  • My Beloved Smother: When Pam on taking Jason home to be examined by his pediatrician after he incurs a minor injury while playing football. Later, Jason reveals the reason that he didn't introduce Sabrina to her is because he knew she would drive her away as she had done to other women in his life and finally puts his foot down and tells her that him getting married doesn't mean that he's leaving her.
  • Nice Girl: Sarbrina is this and this is played for some drama, as she wanted to meet Pam and see what she was like but Jason, knowing how his mother is like and how her actions have ended his previous relationships, told her not to.
  • No Loves Intersect: Borderline Pair the Spares. Quite a few characters at least have a fling with another character.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened in Mexico with Willie Earl.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: The whole point of the movie, though Pam's clinginess is what sets her up to be this initially.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Amanda is an awkward but downplayed example,as she doesn't show much of the typical behaviors but does join in the Cupid shuffle at the end of the film.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Happens in the scene with the maid of honor and the chef. They are making out while he cooks something, and then the food burns, setting off the fire alarm.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Happens with the best man and Malcolm after Jason and Sabrina have an argument.
  • Scenery Porn: There were a lot of scenes showing of the scenery in "Martha's Vineyard" (actually Nova Scotia).
  • Sorry, I'm a Hermaphrodite: The maid of honor tells Malcolm this to stop him from hitting on her. He says "I don't care what religion you are!"
  • Teen Pregnancy: Implied, as Geneva tells Sabrina, "But I wasn't a woman, I was a child, and your grandmere knew that." when asked why the latter was raised by Claudine.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers made it sound like a comedy about uptown meeting downtown, when in reality the movie was more of a dramedy.
  • Uptown Girl: Sort of. Jason is more of a self-made person, whereas even though Sabrina has a high paying job, she came from money.