It's a short hop from cable to the bigscreen for "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom," a lame feature spinoff from the Logo series that adds wedlock to the challenges faced by a close circle of gay African-American men.

It’s a short hop from cable to the bigscreen for “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” a lame feature spinoff from the Logo series that adds wedlock to the challenges faced by a close circle of gay African-American men. Written and filmed according to strict tube formula by co-writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk (“Punks”), the blandly staged film misses a great opportunity to draw insightful and memorable character portraits of the kind virtually ignored in mainstream moviemaking. Though the trip to theaters will surely thrill its cult following, pic will fade fast before jumping to smallscreen vid, where it belongs.

Noah (Darryl Stephens) is set to marry Wade (Jensen Atwood), the latter arranging for the vows to take place at his parents’ home in Martha’s Vineyard (since gay and lesbian marriages are currently legal in Massachusetts). Invited along are Noah’s pals from the series, but the initial closeness comes unglued as various jealousies (especially from Christian Vincent’s sexually loose Ricky toward Noah) and couple problems intrude with the regularity of commercial interruptions.

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom 

Canada

Production

A Logo Features (in U.S.) release, in association with Tall Skinny Black Boy Prods., of a Blueprint Entertainment/Principia Prods. production. Produced by Lael McCall, Patrik-Ian Polk, Carol Ann Shine. Executive producers, Noreen Halpern, John Morayniss, Dave Mace, Pamela Post. Co-producers, Keri Flint, Carolyn Sperry. Directed by Patrik-Ian Polk. Screenplay, Polk, John R. Gordon; story, Polk, Q. Allan Brocka, Gordon.

Crew

Camera (color), Christopher Porter; editor, Phillip J. Bartell; music, Adam Goldman, Julian Wass; music supervisors, Barry Cole, Polk; production designer, Bill Fleming; costume designer, Kate Rose. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, Oct. 20, 2008. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Doug Spearman, Christian Vincent, Jensen Atwood, Gregory Kieth, Jonathan Julian, Jason Steed, Gary LeRoi Gray, Tonya Pinkins, Phoebe Snow.
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