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Jump Tomorrow (2001)

A young Nigerian man on the verge of being in an arranged marriage, suddenly questions his situation after an encounter with a stunning Latin woman, who is also about to be married.

Director:

Joel Hopkins

Writers:

Joel Hopkins (screenplay), Joel Hopkins (short story "Jorge") | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tunde Adebimpe ... George Abiola
Raul A. Reyes ... Co-Worker
Alan Gryfe Alan Gryfe ... Teacher
Amy Sedaris ... Other Student in Class
Arthur Anderson Arthur Anderson ... Jeweler
Leisa Heintzelman Leisa Heintzelman ... Airport Official
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... George's Uncle
Natalia Verbeke ... Alicia
Hippolyte Girardot ... Gerard
Murielle Arden Murielle Arden ... Claudette Chadoutard
James Wilby ... Nathan
Kaili Vernoff ... Heather Leather
William Barry William Barry ... Compere
Carole Bayeux Carole Bayeux ... PVC Girl
Gene Ruffini Gene Ruffini ... Great Uncle
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Joel Hopkins Untitled See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,236, 8 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$187,474, 30 September 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of Jorge (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Life's a Beach
Written by David Lowe and James Lynch
Performed by Touch & Go
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Amazingly quirky and different
3 November 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A few years before JUMP TOMORROW was filmed, the same leading man (Tunde Adebimpe) starred in a shorter version of this script entitled "Jorge". I have not seen the original film, so I cannot base my review on it but I was so taken by JUMP TOMORROW that I'm going to try to find a copy of this 30 minute short.

Adebimpe very ably plays a Nigerian-American (George) who is a very odd man, indeed and I loved his low-key performance. In many ways he's a total geek and it's nice to finally see a Black nerd in a film who is NOT "Steve Urkel"! During most of the film, George is very quiet and shy--part of which is due to his introverted personality and part is due to his lack of enthusiasm for a pending arranged marriage. This film is about his trek from home to Niagra Falls to be wed.

Along the way, he meets up with a very strange man (Gerard) who is suicidal and desperately in need of a friend. While George is in a hurry to get to his wedding, he is too decent a man to leave Gerard in his emotional condition. So, they travel together cross country to the wedding and they both become very unlikely friends.

There's MUCH more to this movie that this--including a tough to believe but nice romance that occurs between George and a new lady--again, someone who seems so unlike George in almost every way. While this aspect of the film is a tad predictable, the performances and dialog are so fresh and unusual that the film held my interest throughout. As a result, I strongly recommend you see this romantic-comedy if you are looking for something different from the usual Hollywood offerings.


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