Not only does the film boast a better-than-average story (screenwriters Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs should charge Tyler Perry half of his fortune and teach him how to write a story), but it also presents a fine gathering of performers — an assortment that ultimately makes Jumping The Broom worth checking out, including Tasha Smith, Valarie Pettiford, Gary Dourdan and Julie Bowen (as the token white chick).
In what is quite possibly the best movie to ever bear the Stage 6 Films logo, Jumping The Broom makes its home video debut from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in a stellar High-Definition presentation. The 1080p transfer is positively breathtaking, boasting a color scheme so spectacular and detail so fine, you can almost smell the ocean air (the movie was shot digitally). Likewise, the feature’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack delivers above and beyond what you’d expect — especially for a drama like this. A French DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is also included, as are optional subtitles in English (SDH) and French.
Jumping The Broom’s special features include an audio commentary with director Salim Akil and lead performers Paula Patton and Laz Alonso; two featurettes (“You’re Invited: Behind-The-Scenes” and “Honoring The Tradition Of Jumping The Broom,” the latter of which will help explain what the hell the title of this movie means to those of you who don’t know — and might just inform some of you who think you know!). A few previews are also featured with this release, and the disc is BD-Live and MovieIQ enabled.
In short: although some of the film’s more suggestive remarks might be somewhat inappropriate for younger members (PG-13 might be cutting it a little close, but it definitely doesn’t contain anything worthy enough of an “R” rating), Jumping The Broom still emerges as an entertaining family drama. And besides, any movie that casts ‘80s musician El DeBarge in a bit part as a singer can’t be all that bad — which reminds me: Dade Smith, you borrowed my audio cassette of Rhythm Of The Night while were in the fourth grade and then moved away shortly thereafter with my tape! Don’t think I don’t remember after all these years, you thief.