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Jumping the Broom [2011] [PG-13] - 6.3.4



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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When an uptown woman (Paula Patton) meets and falls in love with a downtown man (Laz Alonso), their whirlwind romance almost comes to a screeching halt, with their two families clashing at their Martha's Vineyard wedding. Also with Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, Julie Bowen, DeRay Davis, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps and Romeo. Directed by Salim Akil. [1:53]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a woman wearing a bustier and underwear, a man walks into the room and makes a remark about the woman's body, the woman wraps a robe around herself and they kiss passionately; the woman pulls away as the man tries to open the robe and wrap his arms around her waist, she then leaps on the man, her legs wrapped around his waist, they continue to kiss passionately, she jumps down and glances at the man's crotch and implies that he has an erection (we do not see anything) and the man then jokes about the erection and asks the woman to address it (she does).
 On three occasions we see a man and a woman kissing passionately, their arms wrapped around one another, including in front of a crowd of people that look shocked at their passion and a man tells a woman that he had taught the man how to kiss. A man and a woman hug, and then kiss passionately. A man wraps his arms around a woman and kisses her cheek. A young man pulls a woman's face close to his and kisses her. We see photographs of a man and a woman kissing. We see a photograph of a man and a woman kissing as the man dips the woman. Men and women hug and kiss on the cheek in greeting. A woman gushes after a man kisses her on the cheek.
 A woman sits on a kitchen counter as a man feeds her and they kiss; they are interrupted when a smoke alarm goes off, we see the man wearing boxers and the woman wearing brief-style underwear as a group of people rush into the kitchen and stare at them, and the woman grabs a pair of pants and runs off as a man asks the man in the boxers if he had gotten his genitals on any food.
 We see a woman's bare back as she clasps her bra; she is sitting on a bed and we hear a man making suggestive remarks, he steps from behind a refrigerator door and we see him shirtless (it is implied that they had previously had sex).
 Throughout the movie we see women wearing revealing dresses, including a woman wearing a low-cut, cleavage exposing and extremely short dress -- a man tells another woman that she should get a dress like that. A woman is seen wearing a form-fitting dress and her cleavage is exposed. A woman wears a backless dress. Several men are seen shirtless as they play football. A man's bare chest is visible when he wears a pair of overalls without a shirt. Two women are seen wearing bikinis, their cleavage and bare torsos are visible and a woman wears a jacket unzipped to expose generous cleavage.
 A woman wearing an extremely short dress sings the song "Sexual Healing" to a group of people, dedicating it to a man and a woman, and changing the lyrics to include their names as needing "sexual healing"; she dances, shimmying her chest, and after the performance we see a man tell another man that he could "heal" the woman and points to his crotch. A man makes a suggestive motion with his hands above his crotch as he says that a bar should have strippers dancing on their laps. A man whispers something, implied to be sexual, into a woman's ear; she acts disgusted and throws a drink in the man's face. A young man looks at a woman longingly, and licks his lips, and the woman jokes that her "curves" would break him. A woman teases another woman because a young man is staring at her longingly; the woman responds that she does not want to be a pedophile.
 A man feeds a woman an oyster and uses sexually suggestive language to describe the feeling of eating the oyster; the woman leans in to kiss him and he pulls away.
 A young man stares at a woman's behind as she walks away on multiple occasions and a young man licks his lips as he looks at a woman. A man looks at a woman longingly, and the woman turns away.
 A woman asks a man if he wants to "do it," the man looks surprised and the woman clarifies that she had meant dancing; the man makes a suggestive remark that he would "do either." A man tells a woman they should "hook up" and the woman responds that she is a hermaphrodite; the man, not knowing what that is, says he does not mind her religion. On multiple occasions a woman accuses a man of having a mistress, including telling a group of people (in subtitled French) that a man had his mistresses at the table and telling an older woman that a man had invited his mistress to a wedding. On multiple occasions a woman mentions "my cookies" in reference to having sex with men; she says in an internal discussion with herself that she will no longer "give up her cookies." A man and a woman discuss a woman "keeping her cookies." A woman tells a man (in subtitled French) that she will be on "time of the month" during their honeymoon. A man half-jokingly makes a crude remark about "doing things" for a woman. Two women laugh and say that if a man can go without sex for six months he must be either masturbating frequently or gay. A man teases another man about going six months without sex and the man jokingly says he has gotten a lot of use out of lotion, implying masturbation. A woman tells another woman that she had gotten pregnant when she was 16 by a man with a wife and children. A woman confronts another woman saying that she would get pregnant again. A woman lifts up a piece of lingerie that is very provocative and another woman tells her to wear it when she wants to get something from her husband. A woman jokes that another woman is "getting her panties in a wad." A man teases another man telling him to take off his tank top to show everyone his bellybutton ring.
 A woman laughs and acts giddily, telling a woman that she felt "fresh" after using a bidet.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man punches another man in the face and he falls to the ground. Two women shout at one another and slap each other.
 A woman elbows a woman in the ribs. A woman slams a door in a man's face. A man angrily slams a car door closed. A woman shouts at a man after he kicks her under the table twice; we see her body jerk each time and the man apologizes.
 A woman hits a man with her car, he falls to the ground, she jumps out of the car to check on him, and she pushes him down as he attempts to sit up, saying that he might have internal bleeding or a concussion that will cause him to fall asleep "and never wake up" (the man appears unharmed).
 A man tells a woman to come to a man's aide because he is injured, and we see the man sitting on the sand as another man teases him about falling because he is out of shape; he stands up with the help of two men and is later seen unharmed. Two men playing touch football smash into one another and one of the men shoves the other man to the ground. A woman playfully hits a man on the back. A man touches a woman's arm and the woman jerks her arm away.
 A woman accidentally runs into a chair; she is unharmed. A woman shrieks in surprise as a woman hugs her.
 A woman threatens another woman, saying that she is going to "unleash a world of hurt" on her if she does not behave. A man shouts at a woman, the woman shouts back. A woman angrily whispers at a man, and then walks away. A woman tells a man (in subtitled French) that she is going to have a woman dragged out of her house. A woman shouts at another woman. A man mentions out loud, to himself, that his father had died. A man implies that another man's father had died and he was told to step in and act as a father to the man. A man jokingly says he does not like white people because he always gets arrested when white people are around. A woman jokes that black people might not be allowed in China. A man tells another man that his legs look like chicken skin. A woman teases an elderly woman for having a bracelet which is "not for fashion" meaning an electronic monitoring device. On two occasions we hear a woman tell another woman to remember her anger management classes. A woman tells another woman that she had seen two women fighting.
 A woman asks another woman if there is anything in her teeth or nose, she flares her nostrils and then lightly picks at her nose.

PROFANITY 4 - 10 sexual references, 1 anatomical term, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (awful, your kind, stanky, ashy, country, fat, unattractive, ghetto, simple, rude, bald headed stepchild, ugly, backwater, boot strapper, slave, Miss Johnny Come Lately, Hannah Montana, crazy, bourgie, fool, Mama's boy, tramp, cougar, brat, pretty girl, America's Next Top Model, Akon), exclamations (shut up, gosh, oh my goodness), 14 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking champagne, liquor, wine and mixed drinks, glasses of champagne are seen at dinners and during a celebration and men and women are seen at a bar with drinks in front of them, and a woman appears slightly intoxicated when she breaks the stem of the champagne glass but continues to drink the champagne. A man smokes a cigarillo.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dishonesty, hiding your past, slavery, African Americans owning slaves, the differences between the rich and poor, being embarrassed of your family, being a "cougar" in the sexual sense, Ebonics, progress, jumping the broom, Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, hermaphrodites, family traditions, marriage traditions.

MESSAGE - Despite any differences, love can overcome all odds. Family is important.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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