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Genre Comedy
Running Time 113 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date May 6, 2011
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Jumping the Broom

A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.

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May 6, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris/ Globe Staff

When Robert Townsend had his HBO variety show in the late 1980s, one of the recurring sketches was a gag soap opera called the “The Black, the Bold, the Beautiful’’ that looked at blackness and class through the prism of “Falcon Crest,’’ “Dallas,’’ and “Dynasty.’’ As comedy, it was ingenious. The trappings of black success were made to look as ludicrous as the white version on network TV. Secrets, lies, and the ghetto kept a lucrative rib empire under hilarious siege.

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