Southern Girl Movie Review: “Jumping the Broom”

In my effort to support good Black film, my neighbor Ms. V and I went to see “Jumping the Broom” on Mothers Day.  I was very excited to see this movie as it has some of my favorite people in it-Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, and Pooch Hall.  Mike Epps is always good for comic relief, and Tasha Smith was superb (and almost typecast) as Rosetta Devine’s “sister-girl” best friend.  Laz Alonzo and Gary Dourdan are ALWAYS nice eye candy, and you all know how I feel about Meagan Good…or maybe you don’t. 

While I LOVE Paula, her character got on my nerves slightly.  She was a little too bubbly.  (I wonder if that is some type of manifestation of self-hate because I felt the same way about Anika Noni Rose in “For Colored Girls“.)  But, I could totally relate to her character-tired of encountering the wrong men and just wanting to have that one true love.  (deep sigh)  But I digress…I loved how Laz Alonzo’s character went over the top to show his girl how he felt about her.  I didn’t like Loretta Devine’s character being rude to her son’s fiancee’.  And for no good reason; she didn’t even give the girl a chance!  Meagan Goode is someone else who I think is about to be typecast; I mean, she played a hot girl in the latest season of “The Game”, and now she’s heating up the kitchen with the chef for the wedding weekend.  Also, it was hard for me to believe Meagan and Paula’s characters as best friends…but that’s just me. 

There were some pleasant surprises, and because I value you all, I won’t give away any secrets from the movie.  But I do hope you guys go see it.  It’s well worth it.  The acting was great, there’s plenty of laughs, and a few moments that will make your mouth drop.  I have to admit Ms. V and I were genuinely surprised at some of the events in the movie.  What I will never understand though is why Black people feel the need to clap at the end of movies.  It’s not a play and it’s not like the actors can interact with us…*shrugs*  I will say I appreciate this movie for showing that Black people are not monolithic.  We know that, and it’s good to see something on film that could potentially happen to me or someone in my circle.  Actually I think people from my maternal and paternal families could fit with most of these characters. 

If you saw the movie, what did you think?  If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely make it a date night movie, whether it’s with your boo, your girlfriends, or (one of) your mom’s belated Mother’s Day gift.  😉  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Southern Girl Movie Review-For Colored Girls

Happy Monday!  I know you guys missed me!!!  Honestly, last week was not a good week for me, so I had to take a step back and re-evaluate some things.  This weekend I had some time for reflection, fun, fellowship,and worship, so I am rejuvenated, revived, and ready for the week! 

Like most black women in the US, I saw “For Colored Girls” this weekend.  Before I saw the movie, I had decided I wasn’t going to do a review.   Like most people, I had low expectations for this film.  Even though I had never read the play or seen the production, I just knew Tyler Perry was gonna mess this up.  I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised.  This movie is PHENOMENAL!!!  I went with one of my linesisters, and after the movie was over, we just sat in our seats as the credits rolled because we were shocked, amazed, and had heavy hearts.  (And it didn’t help that they played my favorite Nina Simone song “Four Women“.)   I’m not a cryer at movies, but with this thing right here-I was crying like a baby.   For a movie to evoke this type of emotion is truly nothing short of extraordinary.  We all know Mr. Perry can give you laughs and giggles, but with this movie he gives you the complete opposite-sadness, pain, anger. 

Now, there were some people’s performances of which I wasn’t too fond.  Fellow Rattler Anika Noni Rose, got on my nerves at the beginning of this movie.  I know I have a sunny disposition, but she took the cake.  But to balance how she was by the end of the middle of the movie, I get it.  And Janet kinda got on my nerves, although my linesister loved her.   Tessa Thompson is going to be someone to watch, and I was thoroughly impressed with the performances of Thandie Newton and Michael Ealy.  Everytime Michael Ealy came on the screen the words sung by Nicki Minaj “I’m a mutha-f—– MONSTER!!!” rang through my head. 

My final thoughts on the movie?  I think everyone played their part and played it well.  The casting for the film was spot on. (Really, could you imagine Mariah Carey doing a better job than Thandie Newton??? I think not.)   Michael bulked up considerably, Kerry Washington lost weight, and Omari Hardwick aka Carl was TOO fine to look at, even though his character left a lot to be desired…I give the movie a 95 out of 100. 

If you have not seen this movie, you need to go.  I only have one friend who didn’t like it (and yes, she’s seen the production).  Now I need to go find this book.  Kudos to Mr. Perry.  I smell an Oscar #realtalk.  If you saw the movie, what did you think?  Like it, love it?  Should Tyler have left it alone?   Or did he prove once and for that if he puts his mind to it he can give us something great? 

*For your viewing and listening pleasure, “Four Women” performed by Nina Simone. *

Southern Girl Movie Review: Takers

As promised, I went to see “Takers” this weekend, and I’m so happy I did!  It was a great movie, with some things that made me go “Hmmmmm….”  This movie had action, gun fights, police chases, and lots of eye candy.  And EVERYONE was sexy, without trying to be.  One thing I did notice is that there was only one female (Zoe Saldana) who is well-known, and even her part was small, so the men were definitely able to shine.  I do want to warn you that if you haven’t seen the movie, you may want to skip this post, because I may give away some of the plot. But if you don’t mind and are going to see it anyway, keep reading!

I met my girl Beverly in Chinatown to see the first showing yesterday.  We both wanted to see it, but didn’t want to go by ourselves, so we made a Girls’ Day of it.  The movie was well written, well directed, and well acted.  It was a little slow starting, but once the action started to take place, I was on the edge of my seat.  I loved T.I.’s “Billy Bad A$$” character, Idris Elba as the leader of the pack, Paul Walker as the 2nd in Command, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy as the brains, and Chris Brown as the cute little brother.  All of the guys held their own and did an amazing job!  Who knew Chris Brown could act?  And his chase scene with Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez??? He was SMOKING them!  Jumping over cars and buses, scaling buildings, and running through the streets of LA.  He was unstoppable.  I’m excited to see his future acting endeavors.  Another highlight for me was Ghost’s (aka T.I.) play-by-play activity during the actual robbery.  I’m not sure who he was talking to, but Beverly and I were cracking up!  And all this to say that the way Chris and Michael (aka Jesse and Jake) died left a lot to be desired.  As Beverly said, “Cleo died better.”  But I loved how T.I.’s character turned on his crew, and let everyone know that at the end of the day, he was out for self.

“Takers” opened at #1!!!  I really enjoyed this movie and will definitely add it to my DVD collection.  Quietly, I’m going to see it again tomorrow.  🙂 I was happy to support my fellow Florida A&M Rattler Will Packer, who served as one of the producers, and Rainforest Films.  If you haven’t seen it, go…NOW!!! If you did see “Takers” this weekend, what did you think?   Would you tell your friends and family to go see it?  Is there anything about the plot that you would change?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!