Jumping the Broom is a delightfully over-acted romantic comedy about two professionals in love, from vastly different family backgrounds, who navigate their way through those differences with the power of love to get married before one of them has to run off to China.
It’s about the power of love, really, and the powerful commitment of the female character to remain true to a promise she made to God about sex before marriage.
Of course, love (and a little prayer) saves the day and all ends well.
So it’s a little ironic that the song the producers used to play to introduce the movie over the opening credits is Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” Have you heard the lyrics to this song?
It’s a beautiful night / We’re looking for something dumb to do / Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you
Is it the look in your eyes / or is it this dancing juice / who cares baby / I think I wanna marry you
The song later remarks that if they have second thoughts after their drunken nuptials (with a product placement of Petron tequila), that’s OK … the one night was fun.
It’s a little hard to take the movie’s underlying theme of the power of love serious when, from the outset, they’re making fun of it. It’s kind of like saying one thing while winking … you’re just kidding about it all.
And maybe that’s the point: the movie’s just one big wink job: “true” love and marriage don’t really matter. But with T.D. Jakes as one of the producers, I don’t think it was meant to be.
I think it was meant to be a feel-good comedy. Too bad it was ruined by Bruno.
But that may be a little off-topic.