It’s summer blockbuster time and one of the offerings in black film this season is romantic comedy “Jumping the Broom“. Produced by T.D. Jakes and Tracey Edmonds, it depicts the laughs and mayhem that result when two families from different socioeconomic backgrounds are joined by marriage. “Jumping the Broom” stars Paula Patton as Sabrina Watson, an uptown girl who was born into wealth and class, and Laz Alonso as her fiance Jason Taylor, a downtown guy who has climbed the social and career ladder.
“Marrying up” isn’t a new idea … for women. Society expects and often encourages women to marry above their socioeconomic level. Sure, she might be labeled a gold digger during the courtship with her more affluent man, but if she demonstrates class and genuine love, then there’s no real issue. But that’s not really a movie worth watching because it’s such a commonplace occurrence. Instead, “Jumping the Broom” is about a man who has made it economically, but has to bridge the divide between his common family and his bride’s affluent background.