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Jump Tomorrow (2001)

Cast: Tunde Adebimpe, Hippolyte Girardot, James Wilby, more...
Director: Joel Hopkins
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Independent, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
A lovelorn matchmaker tries to set up two people about to be married -- but not to each other -- in this independent romantic comedy. George (Tunde Adebimpe) is a Nigerian expatriate living in upstate New York, where he has pledged to marry a woman in a marriage arranged for him in childhood, though he's not especially enthusiastic about the idea. George goes to Buffalo to pick up his fiancée as she arrives in America, only to discover she's already moved on to Niagara Falls, where the wedding will be held in three days. On his way back home, an annoyed and downcast George meets Gerard (Hippolyte Girardot), a man from France who is wallowing in sorrow after being dumped by his girlfriend, and Alicia (Natalia Verbeke), a light-hearted Latin-American woman who is due to marry her fiancé Nathan (James Wilby) in less than a week. Alicia finds George amusing but thinks he needs to loosen up a bit, so she invites him to a party; George brings Gerard along, feeling he needs some cheering up, and Gerard notices an obvious attraction between Alicia and George. Gerard fancies himself an authority on matters of the heart, and is certain George and Alicia would rather be with each other than with the people they're engaged to marry, so joining George, Alicia, and Nathan for a trip to visit Alicia's parents en route to Niagara Falls, he hatches a plan to break Alicia and Nathan apart -- and bring Alicia and George together. Jump Tomorrow was shown in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Stop the Quirkiness by SFeldman May 18, 2004 - 2:00 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The filmmaker wanted to make a quirky romantic movie and on that level he more or less succeeded. But there is far too much quirkiness for quirkiness's sake. Weird characters and situations are just thrown in such as a scene with a brass band at an airport and leather clad women at a strange motel. Every character is far too broadly drawn and are almost cartoonish. Daydream sequences are thrown in and do nothing. The male and female leads are enjoyable characters but there is really zero chemistry between them. I would like to see both of them in other movies.

A real sleeper by underdog December 25, 2003 - 11:21 PM PST
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
One of my favorite little sleeper films of the last few years is finally out on DVD. With an extremely likeable cast of unknowns, an amusing choice of locations, and a winning (if predictable) love story, it's a really hard film to dislike -- if you can forgive the fact that the plot centers on a few contrivances. The screwball comedy-meets-road movie story centers around a very shy African American geek (played with disarming deadpan by memorable newcomer Tunde Adebimpe) whose family has fixed him up for an arranged marriage with an African bride he barely knows. He heads to Niagara Falls for the wedding. Oh, but the fates have other plans for him -- helped out by the Pepe Le Pew-meets-Cupid Frenchman he hitches a ride with, and the gal he keeps bumping into along the way. Hopkins' film is a visually inspired and sweetly natured comedy, with a delightful retro look and feel, and a bouncy lounge-ish soundtrack (with a couple of memorable dance sequences that Hal Hartley or Godard would appreciate), the story unfolds at a leisurely trot but just go along on the ride and you'll have a smile on your face at the end.




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