August 2001
Jump Tomorrow

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

Jump Tomorrow

Distributor:IFC Films Title
Director:Josh Hopkins
Screenwriter:Josh Hopkins
Music By:John Kimbrough
Running Time:95 minutes
Cast:Tunde Adebimpe, Hippolyte Girardot, Natalia Verberke, James Wilby, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Imagine doing everything your parents told you to do. You would be more robotic than human. Imagine following their orders when you are now an adult and in your mid-twenties. Sooner or later, rebellion ensues. There comes a time when one has to stand up for himself even if it’s against family. In Josh Hopkins’ first feature film, “Jump Tomorrow,” he manages to make this quirky comedy enjoyable. It’s a battle between love and responsibility. Guess which prevails?

George (Tunde Adebimpe) is a Nigerian expatriate living in upstate New York. Because of a family responsibility, he has to marry a woman from his childhood. He has never met this woman nor loves her. On his way to the airport to pick up his fiancée, George is baffled to discover he is a day late. While at the airport, he meets this Latin-American woman named Alicia (Natalia Verberke), who is also due to marry a Brit (James Wilby) in less than a week. He also meets Gerard, a Frenchman who was recently dumped by his girlfriend. George is clearly smitten with Alicia but can’t go against his family’s wishes. Gerard, in the meanwhile, tries to mend his broken heart by getting George and Alicia together to see if they belong together. With their respective wedding approaching, George and Alicia have decisions to make about their lives.

This film is based on a short film Hopkins made while still a student at NYU. The short was called “George” and it starred Tunde Adebimpe. Well, Tunde has done a remarkable job crossing over into the acting field. His facial expressions captures the essence of what George is going through. Hopkins also gives this film an international flavor by casting the characters from different countries. The film is very lighthearted and short, but just enough to make it warm and entertaining.

More info on the film can be at http://www.jump-tomorrow.com

 

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