Jump Tomorrow

Jump Tomorrow

"Jump Tomorrow" is a 2001 independent film and romantic comedy written and directed by Joel Hopkins, starring Tunde Adebimpe, Hippolyte Girardot, and Natalia Verbeke. It concerns George (Adebimpe), a shy, bespectacled man who is about to marry a fellow Nigerian American woman named Sophie Ochenado, played by Abiola Abrams, when he falls for a Spanish woman. It is based on a short film called "Jorge". [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192191/]


Three days before his wedding, George meets two intriguing people: Alicia (Verbeke), a Spanish woman who invites him to a party that night, and Gerard (Girardot), an unlucky-in-love Frenchman who has just been turned down for a marriage proposal. To cheer him up, George takes him to Alicia's party. There, George finds himself attracted to Alicia, but she is already dating a British professor. A drunk Gerard goes to the roof and attempts suicide, but George talks him out of it by telling him to "jump tomorrow."

Out of gratitude, Gerard offers to drive George to his wedding. On the road, George buys an audiocassette to learn Spanish and secretly fantasizes about Alicia. The movie spoofs Spanish soap operas in fantasy sequences where George imagines himself and Alicia as characters on the show. The compassionate Gerard figures out that George is not really in love with his fiancée, a childhood friend whom his family expects him to marry. George is a passive individual who does not seem troubled by the idea of marrying someone he does not love.

George spots Alicia and her boyfriend at a gas station, and Gerard talks George into following them. They all end up at a hotel with a love motif and a variety of strange furniture, including a bathtub in the form of a giant champagne glass. Gerard advises George to gain Alicia's attention by making her jealous. A reluctant George ends up inviting to his room a saleswoman who calls herself "Heather Leather." But he doesn't know that she's allergic to cologne, and disaster ensues. He never crosses paths with Alicia, whose boyfriend gives her an engagement ring made of bone. The next day, George wants to resume his journey alone. But Gerard gives a heartfelt speech about love, and he convinces George to stick with him.

Alicia and her fiancé hitch a ride with George and Gerard, thinking their sudden appearance a coincidence. Alicia's fiancé practices tai chi in the rain and argues with Gerard about whether the French language is obsolete. Meanwhile, Alicia and George find themselves falling for each other. When they arrive at the home of Alicia's family, who are meeting Alicia's fiancé for the first time, George wants to leave. But Gerard convinces him to stick around for the night, telling him to "jump tomorrow."

Alicia's fiancé ends up in bed the whole time after Alicia's uncle, a deaf-mute, offers him a spicy dish he can't handle. The uncle takes a liking to George and teaches him a Spanish dance. Gerard finds himself attracted to Alicia's mother, a widow. They all enjoy the party that night, and George gets a chance to make his move, but he is too shy to proceed.

Gerard and George leave for the wedding. After dropping off George, Gerard heads towards Niagara Falls, where he is finally ready to commit suicide, until by happenstance he meets a little boy who says he gets the best ideas when he is by himself. This makes Gerard realize the root cause of his depression was the fear of going through life without a woman, and that there are times in a man's life where it is good to be alone. This insight makes Gerard realize he should not take his own life. At the ceremony, George declares "I am Jorge" (the Spanish form of George) and calls the wedding off. He and his fiancée Sophie agree at the church that their intended marriage was for convenience and not an ideal match. They also tell the audience that if George's parents were still alive, they would have wanted what George wanted. Gerard and George catch up to Alicia and her fiancé at the border of Canada, where Alicia refuses to emigrate on account of the climate, and George finally expresses his love for her.

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