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Life: A User's Manual (2001)

Jump Tomorrow (original title)
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.


Joel Hopkins


Joel Hopkins (screenplay), Joel Hopkins (short story "Jorge") | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (UK) See more »

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Joel Hopkins Untitled See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,236, 8 July 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Remake of Jorge (1998) See more »


Written by James Taylor
Performed by The James Taylor Quartet
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Laughing in or with the face of love?
8 August 2010 | by ThurstonHungerSee all my reviews

Well this film I think is more about sighing than laughing...

Saw the preview of this long ago, in a lifetime before kids, and back then thought that my wife and I would enjoy this film. Finally watched it recently and for me the film held up its part of the bargain.

I think some of the disappointment for this film is a bit heavy-handed for a very indie film from a first-time director. The film is somewhere between quaint and cute, and there is a time and place for that, no? The french version of Cupid was a bit trying on my nerves, but absolutely essential...and even he is given his epiphany, as are the male and female romantic interests, the initially wrongly-aimed arrows of love. They are both exotic on the outside, but all too familiar. It may be that the mute uncle says the most, but then less is often more.

Still, I think for many this film will have an appeal, as many people feel that they are on the wrong track of the wrong life at times. Having the male as the demure one also should have made this more appealing to my wife, but for some reason she did not get caught up in the film. I thought he was exceptionally well cast, and while he's probably nowhere near that awkward in real life, he certainly tapped into a neurosis as old as the Euphrates.

The Walter Mitty fantasies that George/Jorge uses for his form of losing himself worked less as comedy for me, but more as an underscoring of George's lack of ownership of his own life.

Many of the films loose ends were nicely tied together, and using Niagara Falls as the climactic setting, was a crucial cliché. Taking the plunge was well paralleled.

I see the next film from this director had him working with Dustin Hoffman, I'll check it out hopefully. But perhaps director/writer Joel Hopkins was not the indie wunderkind (or wunderBrit) I suspected. As mentioned in another review, he did license "Instant Karma" for a pivotal scene (and the words worked quite well I thought...).

Anyways that film looks like it touches on the despair and redemption of love too, so I'll try to entice my wife to watch that with me.

6.5/10 Thurston Hunger

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