Jumping the Broom - Tia
I have to be honest with you. I'm not one of those people who goes to see a movie simply because it has a "black cast." While I am all for supporting minorities in the arts, I also am a fan of quality. So don't try to make me feel obligated to see your crappy movie just because we share a similar hue.
But with movies like Soul Plane and The Janky Promoters (a gem of a train wreck I had the pleasure suffering through at a friend's house) it's often hard to get behind movies with black casts (I refuse to call them black movies because I feel that limits the audience. If non-minority movie-goers think it's a "black movie" they'll be less inclined to see it even if the film's message is universal.) So when a movie comes along that protrays people of color in a positive light, I'm usually on board from the start.
I discovered this trailer via The Game's Facebook page. They had me at Paula Patton. (She and Kerry Washington are my top two girl crushes.) But after watching the trailer, there was no question that this movie would be getting my $10 on opening night.
Set in Martha's Vineyard, the movie tells the story of two different families, one wealthy, one working class brought together one weekend for a wedding. The film is packing some serious star power with Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine. And with fantastic comedy actors Mike Epps and Deray "without an arm, I spit" Davis, there are sure to be some seriously funny moments.
I sincerely hope that Tristar puts the promotion machine in high gear for this film. From the trailer, it seems like this movie could have a very broad appeal. And while Paula Patton and Angela Bassett have some crossover appeal, without the proper marketing this film may be relegated to "black movie" status. And from what I've seen so far, that would be a bit of a tragedy.