October 12, 2012

Jumping the Broom (2011)

Angela Bassett, Paula Patton

Finally! A movie that has an African-American cast that wasn't produced, written, or has anything to do with Tyler Perry. It's not so much that I think Tyler Perry movies are bad, it's just that I can't stand the narcissism of putting his name in front of absolutely every title. I mean, James Cameron seems like he has a ridiculous ego, but you don't see him coming out with movies like "James Cameron's Avatar."

Maybe I've been watching too much Bridezillas lately, but it was almost a little shocking to watch a movie about a wedding in which the only sane people are the bride and groom. The families in this movie are so crazy, yet totally believable that it makes you uncomfortable. I would compare my level of discomfort watching this movie on par with Meet the Parents, but with less obvious attempts at humor. And though movies about hilarious dysfunctional families has been done in pretty much every culture (remember what a surprise hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding was??), they are generally always accepted by audiences because let's face it, who can't relate to having odd family members?

But seriously, this is how a cast of more than 2 famous people is supposed to function! The lead characters are the stars, and everyone is plays a supporting role! I don't want to make it a racial thing, but it seems like I have seen way too many movies with white people where everyone's character is trying to be a star and the director, appeasing people's egos or whatever, devotes unnecessary plot extras to up their screen time (ahem... Hunger Games).

The standout performance of the movie goes to Loretta Devine (aka Adele on Grey's Anatomy, which is how I identified her), who was the most annoying characters I have seen in a very long time. On an overbearing parent scale of Helene McCready in Gone Baby Gone to Nora Walker on Brothers and Sisters, I'd rate her an 11 (does that even make sense?). But somebody has to be the villain to make the plot more interesting and she does a bang-up job of making the audience hate her.

Side note: Paula Patton reminds me of a black Kardashian, except in this movie, she's not that slutty or annoying, so I guess it's just based on her looks. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on whether or not you lack the brain cells to watch any number of their shows.

Uh, second side note? Kudos to Mike Epps for not trying to be the funniest person in this movie! His usual style of over exaggerating body language and facial expressions put him in my Jim Carrey category of actors who can really ruin an already questionable movie.

Final word: I normally hate conveniently tidy endings, but I suppose this movie wouldn't have otherwise been labeled a comedy. At least it was actually funny.

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