25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #14: Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)

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Title: Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

Actors:

Darryl Stephens… Noah

Jensen Atwood… Wade

Director: Patrik-Ian Polk

Synopsis: As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha’s Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends – and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat – threatens to permanently end their relationship.

The Backlot Rating:

Hotness – 8

Romance – 10

WTFactor – 0

I’d like to first point out that, although we are well past the half-way point in this list, this is the first movie which even features an African-American character in its main lineup, let alone an entire cast. This either means that LGBT cinema is frighteningly low on movies starring African-American actors, or whomever compiled this list did so woefully ignorant of African-American LGBT cinema, and neither of those possibilities is assuring. Either way, I’m glad that this particular movie was included on the list, because I am a huge Noah’s Arc fan.

For those of you who may not know, Noah’s Arc was originally a television series which aired on LOGO from 2005-2006, and it revolved around the lives of four gay African-American friends: Alex (Rodney Chester), a sassy and flamboyant HIV clinic owner; Chance (Doug Spearman), an uptight university professor with a huge heart; Ricky (Christian Vincent), a very promiscuous clothing store owner; and, of course, Noah (Darryl Stephens). Noah, the title character of the series, was a struggling screenwriter and hopeless romantic, who’s life changed (as cheesy as it may sound) when he met fellow screenwriter, Wade. Wade was everything that Noah could have asked for: gorgeous, caring, talented and ambitious. The only problem was… Wade was “straight” – or, at least, identified as straight. In spite of this, the two characters got together, and a lot of their storyline dealt with the difficulties that Wade’s new sexual identity posed, in spite of their love. Although I quite loved the show, I was never really on bored with having Wade be “straight”. It would have been one thing if he’d been introduced as a bisexual character who’d never acted on his homosexual tendencies, but the writers seemed to go out of their way to portray Wade as heterosexual. I don’t know why people insist on perpetuating this idea that straight guys will someday realise that their gay best friend is really their soulmate, and their sexual orientation will suddenly change to accommodate this romance. If we keep arguing that we are unable to turn ourselves straight, why do we expect straight guys to turn gay for us? It’s a ridiculous notion and it mostly irritates me for two reasons. Firstly – and this one is really to a far lesser degree – I think that it validates the homophobic morons who argue that gay guys don’t respect the boundaries of straight men. More importantly, though, I think it causes a lot of confusion and possible heartbreak for gay teenagers who find themselves falling for straight friends or colleagues. Anything which gives these kids the false hope that they will someday find their happiness with these heterosexuals can be incredibly damaging. Providing belief that a straight boy or girl will one day reciprocate their feelings will cause these kids to hang on to this hope, and ultimately lead to heartbreak at best, or psychological damage at worst. I’m not trying to take anything away from Noah’s Arc, though; like I said, I’ve been a fan of the show for years. Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom continues the story from where it left off on the series, and really centres on the upcoming wedding between Noah and Wade in Massachusetts. While there, they all have to confront various issues in their own personal lives, including broken marriages, unrequited love, temptations and, most hilariously, the return of Baby Gat (Jason Steed), a closeted rap star, and the star of Noah’s upcoming movie, who has been relentlessly pursuing Noah since they met.

My primary criticism of Jumping the Broom is the same criticism that I’ve always had of the show: the acting isn’t great. I wouldn’t go so far as calling it bad, but there are definitely moments when weak performances (and weak writing) are observed. My second criticism is not directed solely at Jumping the Broom. Whenever a television show is adapted as a movie, there is always the possibility of it missing the mark. This is because, on a television show, the writers have an entire season to pan out any one dilemma or plotline in general. During this period of ten or more episodes, it is easy to add the necessary layers of complexity and intrigue. However, when you’re writing a 2 hour movie, some plotlines just appear contrived and insufferable… I call it the “Sex and the City 2 Effect”. Unfortunately, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, while not totally victim to the SATC 2 Effect, did portray one or two story arcs that made me question its necessity. My final criticism – and possibly the most important – is that this movie, for some unknown, disgusting reason, failed to provide adequate screen time of the impossibly delicious Gregory Kieth. This man made me feel all kinds of things on the series, yet his part in the movie was limited to three video calls… THE HELL?!

Let’s discuss what I enjoyed about this movie: RODNEY CHESTER! Rodney Chester, who plays Alex, has probably been the most consistently brilliant actor on the show. Very many people are under the inaccurate belief that it is easy to pull off a campy, effeminate gay man on film, but there are quite a number of actors, whose epically awful portrayals of said character prove otherwise (see: Meshach Taylor in Mannequin or Jeremy Piven in Rush Hour 2). Rodney Chester, however, is hilarious and wonderful, and delivers every line with impeccable comedic timing.  Darryl Stephens also delivered a great performance, and was leagues better than he was on the show. The movie was chock full of great lines and hilarious moments, and was a wonderful culmination to a great series.

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