Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom

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Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom Review


A welcome feature-length coda for fans of the abruptly cancelled Logo comedy/drama, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom is sort of the Sex and the City: The Movie for upscale gay African-American men. In it, best friends meet up again after a while on the occasion of the wedding of the main character, and all hell breaks loose.

After a few tumultuous years, once aspiring and now successful screenwriter Noah (Darryl Stephens) is finally getting married to the straight-until-he-met-Noah Wade (Jensen Atwood), who invites the gang to his family's home on Martha's Vineyard for a Massachusetts-sanctioned gay wedding. Along for the adventure are college professor Chance (Douglas Spearman) and his long-time partner Eddie (Jonathan Julian); queenie motormouth Alex (Rodney Chester), who has put himself in charge of all the planning and catering; and the impossibly good-looking slut of the group Ricky (Christian Vincent), who manages to nail three guys in his first five hours on the island, surely a record for a gay man on Martha's Vineyard in the winter. Not to mention the fact that he's also brought along a 19-year-old boy toy, Brandon (Gary LeRoi Gray), to add to his fun.

Once the guys start drinking and talking, the trouble begins. Is Wade sure about the wedding? Is Noah? Is the tension in the Chance/Eddie relationship going to come to a boil, especially since Brandon is flirting with Chance, and he likes it? Will Ricky's selfish slutty habits ruin the weekend for everyone, and by the way, why is he like that? Could it be that his self-destructive behavior is a reaction to the fact that he's secretly in love with Noah but knows he can't have him?

Comic relief is provided by Alex, who starts popping uppers and becomes like Martha Stewart gone ballistic. Further fun is provided by the unexpected and unwelcome arrival of Baby Gat (Jason Steed), a boisterous closeted British rap star who's had a crush on Noah for years and wants to muscle in on the excitement. Everyone drinks more, some people have sex, and ultimately it will be up to Noah to sort everyone out in time for the wedding ceremony.

The big problem with Noah's Arc, both the series and the movie, is that bottom line, Noah ain't all that. As friendly, sweet, and cute as he is, it's not believable that three men would be so willing to throw their lives out of whack in simultaneous pursuit of him. He's nice enough, but he doesn't have that much charisma. It's not like he's the Great Gatsby or something.

The movie's plot-heavy momentum also takes a couple of weird pauses, most notably when four of the guys hit the hot tub and end up having a conversation about whether condoms are necessary in long-term monogamous relationships. Their conclusion: maybe. But why would the writers choose to insert this public service announcement here? When four gay guys are in the hot tub, a conversation about STDs is kind of a buzz kill.

And it's 300 cubits long.



Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom

Facts and Figures

Run time: 101 mins

In Theaters: Friday 24th October 2008

Box Office USA: $0.4M

Distributed by: Logo Features

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Patrik-Ian Polk

Producer: Suzanne L. Berger, Lael McCall, Patrik-Ian Polk, Carol Ann Shine

Starring: Darryl Stephens as Noah, Rodney Chester as Alex, Gary LeRoi Gray as Brandon, Christian Vincent as Ricky

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