Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)
Now listen up. Life is the script, Noah. You’re the writer of your own life. It’s time to take control.
I was a big fan of the Logo television show Noah’s Arc for its short two season run when it was unceremoniously “cancelled”. (See this is why you suck now, Logo.) I was happy that the big screen version of the show, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom was released in the fall of 2008. I wanted to see it, but it didn’t have a wide release. Boo.
For the ninety percent of the population who don’t know about this show, let me give you a crash course. It’s the black gay version of Sex and the City. It follows four gay longtime friends: Noah (Darryl Stephens), the screenwriter and the central character of the group that has a unique sense of style. Next, is Alex (Rodney Chester), the outspoken divo of the group and HIV/AIDS advocate. There is Ricky (Christian Vincent), who is the manwhore of the group and owner of his own clothing store. Lastly there is the uptight patriarch of the group, Chance (Doug Spearman) who is a university professor.
The gang is in Martha’s Vineyard for the weekend, a long away from LA for the upcoming wedding of Noah and his boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood) who were on/off throughout the series when a terrible accident changed things for the couple. Noah nursed Wade back to health between the season two finale and the start of this movie.
All of the friends are holed up in Wade’s family house, the Robinson House. Alex, Ricky and Chance are not hopeful about the speedy marriage between Noah and Wade, because of the accident.
Alex works himself into a tizzy coordinating the wedding that he has to take caffeine pills to keep up with demand. He skypes with his husband, Trey (Gregory Keith) who is at home with their newly adopted Ethiopian baby, Ojemodupe (Trevor Josiah Thomas) aka OJ.
Chance is having problems with his marriage to Eddie (Jonathan Julian) when one of Chance’s students, Brandon (Gary LeRoi Gray) who has a crush on him tags along with Ricky.
During their time in the house, the seeming stable relationships are thrown into turmoil when LA couldn’t stay their when Noah’s boss, Brandy (Jennia Fredrique) is constantly blowing up his phone asking for another rewrite of script starring a closted rapped named Baby Gat (Jason Steed) that is interested in Noah. He is the only one that is interested in him, Ricky is also harboring feelings for Noah ever since they first met from a failed hookup.
This movie is about being true to yourself, be true to who you love, be honest and all that mushy stuff. The movie is melodramatic with everybody’s relationship has to be in trouble to stretch out in order to fill a feature length movie, but I still enjoy it. I enjoyed that I had the chance to see this characters that I grown to love back together.
Judgment: I can’t recommend this movie unless you have seen both seasons before watching this.
Posted on February 11, 2010, in 2008, Drama, GLBT, Independent and tagged Christian Vincent, Darryl Stephens, Doug Spearman, Gary LeRoi Gray, Glen Grant, Gregory Keith, Jason Steed, Jennia Fredrique, Jensen Atwood, Jonathan Julian, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, Patrick-Ian Polk, Rodney Chester, Suzanne Coy, Tonya Pinkins. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.