Directed by Sanaa Hamri
“Queen Latifah and Common deliver slam-dunk entertainment in this charming story of hoops, hope, and the game of love. Leslie Wright (Latifah) is a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with injured NBA star Scott McKnight (Common). Leslie not only whips Scott into shape, she helps take his game to the next level and all is going well… until Leslie finds herself falling for him. Oblivious to her growing affection, Scott only has eyes for Morgan (Paula Patton), Leslie’s sexy and seductive friend. With everything on the line, Leslie must take her best shot and find out if she and Scott are just right for each other.”
“Just Wright” is rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language.
Oddly enough, the ending of this movie is ruined by the cover. The whole film builds up the question of whether or not Leslie will find true love. If you’re not blind, then you can see the cover and get that answer. So there’s zero suspense in the plot. They do throw in a few interesting conflicts along the way, but they’re either dismissed or never live up to their full potential. I kept expecting Morgan and Leslie to have a major conflict over Scott, but it never happened. Leslie seemed to never want to confront Morgan. They also built up a potential conflict between Leslie and her mother over favoring Morgan, but that never materialized either. They also hinted that Phylicia Rashad as Ella McKnight was going to have a conflict with either Morgan or Leslie, but that didn’t happen either. Time and again the story took the safe and predictable route. It ended up making a bland and predictable film.
Queen Latifah is good as Leslie Wright. She’s lighthearted, good-natured, friendly, and positive. She’s a likable character. She just needs a better script to work with. I wasn’t impressed with Common in “Terminator Salvation,” but I thought he was better here. Still, that’s not saying much. He’s kind of a bland character that allows himself to be pushed over by practically every woman in his life. There’s also one unintentionally funny scene where he and another character end every sentence in “man.” They say it around a dozen times in less than 20 seconds. Paula Patton is beautiful as Morgan Alexander and she’s placed in the unenviable position of being the ‘villain,’ of sorts. Yet in this bland script she still emerges unscathed. Phylicia Rashad and Pam Grier are also fun to see, but they have very small roles.
It’s not a great movie, but “Just Wright” should satisfy most people that fall in the demographic mentioned above. And if you’re a major Queen Latifah fan, you’ll enjoy it as well.
On the DVD you’ll find a gag reel, a ‘making of’ featurette, and a featurette on Common and the basketball scenes.