Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tunde Adebimpe, Hippolyte Girardot, Raul A. Reyes, Alan Gryfe, Amy Sedaris
Director: Joel Hopkins
Genres: Comedy, Drama
A "refreshing, good-natured romp" (The Hollywood Reporter) from writer-director Joel Hopkins, Jump Tomorrow is a "genuinely charming" (Variety) screwball comedy set on the road to romantic self-discovery. "Quirky and good-... more »
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Fresh faces, fetching storyline: a guaranteed fun time
Michael Feldbush | USA, state of Idaho | 06/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you just read a thumb nail sketch of this movie, it sounds like another in a long line of (take your pick) lightweight romantic comedies/fish-out-of-water/road movies. And it's true, there's nothing terribly ground breaking in terms of plot here. Nevertheless, it's worth your time. Some of the things that make "Jump Tomorrow" special are as follows:*the whimsical spirit of the screen play;
*the capricious joy with which the actors play their parts;
*vibrantly colored sets and cinematography; and
*director Joel Hopkins, who keeps this movie from taking itself too seriously.The casting and performances in this movie deserve special mention. Hipployte Girardot turns in an amusing performance as Gerard, frenetic friend of George, the film's protagonist. Natalia Verbeke (the next Penelope Cruz?) is alluring and sweet as George's friend and love interest. But my personal favorite is Tunde Adebimpe as George. He plays the part with such hangdog sincerity, I couldn't help feeling exactly what he feels. The word "chemistry" is overused, but these three definitely have it. They play their parts so naturally, I forgot I was watching a movie. There is zero sense of "star-struck Hollywood" in this film. (Perhaps that stands to reason, since it's an in indie movie.)By the way, when was the last time you saw a movie where the three main characters were Latina, French, and African American? Kudos to the director for: 1)assembling this racially diverse cast; ans 2)doing it in a way that isn't overly self-aware, or laden with attitude.Note to parents: "Jump Tomorrow" is rated PG. Compared to much of what's out there, it's quite wholesome and free of offensive language. It would be a good choice for your next family video night.I saw "Jump Tomorrow" in Seattle in July, 2001 during its (extremely short) theatrical run. On that same day, I saw "Ghost World" (which I also loved, but for different reasons). I just couldn't get either film out of my mind; I thought for sure they would both go on to become art house hits. We all know the success that "Ghost World" went on to achieve, but "Jump Tomorrow" somehow slipped through the cracks. Ever since then, I've been hoping against hope that "Jump Tomorrow" would see a release on video. Now, here's your chance to see what you've been missing!!"
Unique and satisfying flick
Daniel Fineberg | Northridge, California USA | 08/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I caught the short movie "Jorge" a couple of years back on IFC, which spawned this full-length version. That movie was black and white, and had a different actress in the lead. Also brought over from the earlier film are the fantasy sequences in the style of Spanish language soap operas.
Tunde Adebimpe reprises his role as George, a man whose appearance belies his mousy demeanor. Adebimpe plays George a little like Peter Sellers in "Being There", as a man who takes very little action, but instead allows the events of the story to happen to him. Unlike Chance the Gardener, however, George is not totally disconnected from society or reality. The plot is a fairly standard road movie type deal, with an interesting arranged marriage subplot involving George. The real attraction of the movie are the characters, their interactions. They are offbeat but quite genuine. You have Nigerians, Latinos, a Frenchman, an Englishman, but this isn't a movie that is drunk with its own multiculturalism. A lesser movie may have had these characters cleverly trying to sort out their cultural differences on their way to becoming politically correct and stereotype-free, but the movie is not about their cultural revelations, it's about their individual quests for love. However, during a brief nationalistic argument between the Englishman and the Frenchman, the latter says "You have these 4 guys with the hair from Liverpool and you think you have the monopoly on 20th century culture."
It's this Frenchman, in fact, who steals the movie. Hippolyte Girardot plays Gerard with equal parts comedy and tragedy, a guy who clings to his idealization of love even when the reality of it constantly tramples him. (The license plate on his car reads AMOUR 1). Natalia Verbeke, the Argentinian actress who plays Alicia is also very good. The movie is very light, but not at all empty. Highly recommended."
One good movie
Brad Thompson | Columbia, Missouri | 04/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very enjoyable "girlie" movie, but really guys listen up, if your girl friend wants to pop this DVD in: go for it. Though the plot is a romantic, the characters bring to life a very fresh movie style and not only smart humor but funny humor.
Sorry theirs no nude bodies running around or Jerry Springer fights, but a very well thought out plot that is understandable and enjoyable.
It's about time some one can put out a decent movie that doesn't have anything to do with drugs, or uses the f word to start every conversation. This movie will bring a couple together, I'll put a dollar on it.. I really like this movie and wish it could be found in stores. From a real dude~"
Damn right, it?s a beautiful day
George Singleton | Antioch, IL United States | 07/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A man about to get married in a few days finds that fate can change even the best-made plans. After missing his fiancé at the airport, he meets a man there whose intended fiancé rejects him. These new acquaintances spark a positive change in each of their lives.Everyone from the jeweler and tailor to his co workers is patting George (Tunde Adebimpe) on the back and telling him, "Smile George, you're getting married." At an office party for him he can barely manage a half smile. It's obvious George is on shaky ground. Sitting in his office cubicle, accepting congratulations, we learn that he's a gentle man as he carefully removes a ladybug from his pen rather than killing it. George looks like one of those "still waters run deep" type of guys.George first realizes he has a problem when his fiancé is not on the plane from Nigeria when he goes to the airport to pick her up. His parents are deceased and his uncle reminds him that they would be proud of him marrying his childhood friend Sophie, who he has not seen in three years. It's less of an arranged marriage and more a matter of doing what is expected of you. Destiny takes hold of this farcical tale as George meets two people at the airport who will change his life as much as he will change theirs. First there is Alicia (Natallia Verbeke) who is making a phone call at the cubicle next to him. After casual conversation that begins when she borrows a pen from him, Alicia invites George to a party that evening, in the manner of "oh by the way, what are you doing tonight?" Alicia is Latin and she tells George his name is pronounced "Jorge" in Spanish, which sets up a very funny recurring refrain.While George and Alicia are saying their first hello, Gerard (Hippolyte Giradot) meets his lover and makes a proposal that is rejected on the spot. He's crushed because he is not only in love with her, but he's in love with being in love. He's French, so perhaps he should be forgiven. We learn later that he has a tendency to come on too strong, too fast. Any man whose license plate reads Amour 1 has a problem. He's a romantic's romantic ... a nice guy who makes you feel nauseous.Gerard is devastated with his rejection and when he meets George in the restroom, after literally bumping into each other and making apologies, Gerard offers George a ride, which he eventually accepts. One thing leads to another and by that evening they are at the party looking for Alicia. Gerard tries to drown his sorrows by drinking too much and we discover the meaning of the title phrase Jump Tomorrow.George needs to get to Niagara Falls and Gerard insists on driving him there. Alicia and her fiancé Nathan (James Wilby) are going to Canada and plan to stop at her mother's on the way. However, since they don't have a car, they will be hitchhiking. As they all hit the road, their paths cross with humorous consequences. George has a sudden desire to learn to speak Spanish, so he buys teaching tapes for the car. There's a woman named Heather (Kaili Vernoff) at a "love motel" who tries to pick up George. And Consuelo (Patricia Mauceri), Alicia's mom, seems to like George more than she does Nathan. George becomes increasingly infatuated with Alicia and the attraction is mutual. Gerard's meeting with Consuelo and their mutual love of cooking provides the opportunity for him to gain a bit of a perspective on loving.Jump Tomorrow is fresh and original filmmaking without being weird or corny. It's a romantic comedy with serious undertones about being who you are. Fate does affect what you do with whom, but more than anything the decisions we each make tend to determine our fate. Life has a way of going in circles and straight lines at the same time."