George, a passive and sometimes expressionless Nigerian, arrives at the Buffalo airport to meet the women his family has arranged for him to marry. He's late, she's gone on to Niagara Falls, so he has two days, traveling slowly and reluctantly, to get to the wedding. At the airport, he meets Alicia, a lively Latin, going with her boyfriend to see her family. George is smitten. Partly by happenstance, and partly by the designs of Gerard, a romantic and manic Frenchman George meets at the airport, his path crosses Alicia's a few times. As Gerard puts it, George should seize the chance to see what happens with Alicia - he can always jump tomorrow. Can George take on fate and custom? Written by
"Jump Tomorrow" is a delightful, surprising sweet road trip of a movie.
Very similar in tone to one of my little favorites, "The Daytrippers," it brings together a quirky group of people in a concentrated period of time for a romantic quest. The fresh-faced (though mostly experienced), multi-cultural cast is absolutely disarming, and their cultural variety is integrated into the script very nicely.
Very amusing is the cute but restrained use of fantasy; the continuing technique of inner thoughts revealed as dreams in a Spanish telenovella is very original.
The song selection is selectively classic rock.
I could very well adopt the theme in my personal life: hey, you can always jump tomorrow!
(originally written 7/27/2001)
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