Jump Tomorrow is a delight. It's a romantic comedy. It's a road movie. And it is about hope.


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Directed by Joel Hopkins
Writing credits Joel Hopkins

Tunde Adebimpe .... George
Hippolyte Girardot .... Gerard
Natalia Verbeke .... Alicia
James Wilby .... Nathan
Patricia Mauceri .... Consuelo
Isiah Whitlock Jr. .... George's Uncle
Kaili Vernoff .... Heather Leather
Gene Ruffini .... Old Man
Abiola Wendy Abrams .... Sophie
Deen Badarou .... Preacher

Produced by Howard Gertler (associate producer), Gill Holland (associate producer), Jake Myers (co-producer), Tim Perell (executive producer), Nicola Usborne (producer), Paul Webster (executive producer)
Original music by John Kimbrough
Cinematography by Patrick Cady
Film Editing by Susan Littenberg

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic material, mild sensuality and language.

When George (Tunde Adebimpe), a shy and awkward introvert from Africa, meets Alicia (Natalia Verbeke), a vivacious, adorable Spaniard, at a party he is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, George is due to marry a childhood friend from Nigeria in just four days' time. However, events get turned around when Gerard (Hippolyte Girardot), a lovesick, voluble Frenchman stumbles into George's life. The Frenchman overcomes George's sense of propriety and together they pursue what's really important - amour. On their meandering road trip to Niagara, George is torn between fulfilling his familial obligations and marrying his childhood friend and his fascination with Alicia and her Latin culture, which is so different from his own. Alicia is also journeying up North as she and her boyfriend are relocating to Canada. Needless to say George and Alicia's paths will cross on the circuitous road to romance.
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Click to enlargeJump Tomorrow is a delight. It's a romantic comedy. It's a road movie. And it is about hope.

George is about to be married to a childhood friend from Nigeria. The families have had this wedding arranged for many years. He's resigned to it, but obviously his heart isn't in it. Every one keeps telling him, "Smile! You're getting married." But there is never a smile.

Click to enlargeWhen he blows the assignment of meeting his fiancee at the airport, he instead meets Alicia at the phones who asks him to a party. He doesn't plan on going. He has to get to Niagara for his wedding.

Click to enlargeThen he meets Girard, a Frenchman whose marriage proposal was just rejected by a woman who quickly boarded a plane and flew off.

As the movie plays out, George, Girard and Alicia share an experience on the road.

Click to enlargeGeorge and Girard are both enslaved within their lives. George is enslaved by convention and expectations. He is not free to be happy -- he must always be doing the proper thing. Girard is enslaved by his impetuosity. He always pushes too hard and drives people away.

The advice they give each other is "Jump tomorrow." When Girard threatens to jump off a roof, George tells him, "Wait, you can jump tomorrow." Later, when George is letting the plans for his wedding squelch the chance at love, Girard gives the advice back to him.

In both cases, it allows hope to come into play. What is is not necessarily what has to be. There is time to look for something else if we wait to jump tomorrow.

It's not a terribly deep film, but it certainly is enjoyable with wonderful humor. Its distribution may be limited, but watch for it on cable.

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