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Just Wright (2010)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 14 May 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:100 min
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  • IMDb page: Just Wright (2010)
  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 4,109 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 14 May 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:100 min
  • Filming Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
  • Gross: $21,520,719(USA)(1 August 2010)
  • Director: Sanaa Hamri
  • Stars: Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton
  • Original Music By: Lisa Coleman  Wendy Melvoin   
  • Soundtrack: Sunday Drive
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Physical Therapist | Therapist | Basketball | Basketball Player | Mother Son Relationship

Writing Credits By:

  • Michael Elliot (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The original shoot of the movie featured a cameo by Lawrence Frank, Head Coach of the Nets. However, after starting the 2009-10 NBA season 0-16, Frank was fired by the Nets, so the filmmakers had Nets Assistant Coach Jim Sann play the Head Coach. During some scenes Frank is still visible.

Goofs: Factual errors: The scene where Leslie meets Scott while pumping gas after the game. You are not allowed to pump your own gas in NJ and OR, so she couldn't have been doing so in East Rutherford.

Plot: A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury. Full summary »  »

Story: Leslie Wright is a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight. All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig and the tug-of-war inside her heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie's childhood friend Morgan, who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to play the role of "best friend" forever or will Scott finally see that what he always wanted is right in front of him?Written by Fox Searclight Pictures  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a straight-shooting physical therapist tired of being a guy’s girl. She and her God-sister, Morgan, are living together and Morgan wants to be an NBA trophy wife. After a Nets basketball game, Leslie helps star player, Scott McKnight (Common) at the gas station. He invites her to his birthday party, where she shows up with Morgan. He meets Morgan and suddenly takes an interest in her. After a quick relationship, Scott and Morgan end up being engaged. At the 2009 NBA All-Star Game (which was filmed at the Izod Center even though the game really took place at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.), Scott becomes injured, an injury that could possibly ruin his career. Morgan suggests that he enlist the help of Leslie, since she did not approve of his previous gorgeous physical therapist, so Leslie moves into their home. Rumors circle that Scott’s career would end quickly if he did not recover by the playoffs, which causes Morgan to leave Scott through a letter. Scott becomes extremely upset, discouraged to continue recovery. Leslie encourages him and helps him get back in the game, the two of them spending a lot of time together. Scott is able to return to the NBA right before the playoffs, winning his first game back. Leslie and Scott decide to spend a romantic evening together , but Leslie wakes up to Morgan at Scott’s door hoping to reconcile. Leslie quickly moves out as Scott and Morgan reunite. Because Leslie helped Scott recover in such a short amount of time, many teams offered her the position as an athletic trainer. Most likely to make the Sixers her new team, Scott quickly stops her when he realizes that he is in love with her. They are shown a year later, with Leslie working as one of the Nets team athletic trainers and she and Scott have wed

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

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User Reviews:
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US TV Schedule:
Mon. Apr. 211:30 AMMAX   Sat. Apr. 710:10 AMMAX   

FullCast & Crew:

  • Queen Latifah known as Leslie Wright
  • Common known as Scott McKnight
  • Paula Patton known as Morgan Alexander
  • James Pickens Jr. known as Lloyd Wright
  • Phylicia Rashad known as Ella McKnight
  • Pam Grier known as Janice Wright
  • Laz Alonso known as Mark Matthews
  • Mehcad Brooks known as Angelo Bembrey
  • Michael Landes known as Nelson Kaspian
  • Dwight Howard known as Himself
  • Dwyane Wade known as Himself
  • Rashard Lewis known as Himself
  • Bobby Simmons Jr. known as Himself
  • Jalen Rose known as Himself
  • Rajon Rondo known as Himself
  • Marv Albert known as Himself
  • Mike Fratello known as Himself (as Michael R. Fratello)
  • Kenny Smith known as Himself
  • Stuart Scott known as Himself
  • Elton Brand known as Himself
  • Lindsay Michelle Nader known as Morgan's Friend
  • Peter Hermann known as Dr. Taylor
  • Kim Strother known as Bella Goldsmith
  • Leo Allen known as Paul
  • Richard D'Alessandro known as Chauffeur
  • Terence Blanchard known as Jazz Musician
  • Fabian Almazan known as Jazz Band
  • Ben Street known as Jazz Band
  • Kendrick Scott known as Jazz Band
  • Brely Evans known as Sabrina
  • Rupak Ginn known as Raj
  • Paolo Montalban known as Sommelier
  • Tim Walsh known as Himself – Nets Trainer
  • Rod Thorn known as Himself – Nets Owner
  • Leo Ehrline known as Himself – Nets Sr. VP
  • J.J. Thorn known as Himself
  • Allen Iaccarino known as Heckler #1
  • Joe Felix known as Heckler #2
  • Marty Krzywonos known as Heckler #3
  • Lauren Dellolio known as Waitress
  • Deborah S. Craig known as Maitre d'
  • Neville Page known as Jellyfish Documentary Narrator
  • Otis Best known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Divine Compere known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Larkey Cummings known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Gustavo Cunha known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Kedric Dines Jr. known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Corey Elvin known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Andrew Lewis known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Carter Lewis known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Michael Murry known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Deandre Pierre known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Lance Rivera Jr. known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Iman Watson known as Rucker Park Kid
  • Elijah Wright known as Rucker Park Kid
  • La Quanna Chong known as Basketball Fan (as La-Quanna Garrison)
  • Mike Golic known as Himself
  • Mike Greenberg known as Himself
  • Chris Haemmerle known as Miami Heat Coach / All Star West Coach
  • Yahaira Rodriguez known as Angelo's Wife
  • Danny Walton known as Annoyed Basketball Fan
  • Jared Acosta known as Nets Fan (uncredited)
  • Alexander Baliev known as Crazy Fan (uncredited)
  • Jason CanneLongo known as Basketball Nets Fan (uncredited)
  • Jessica Cantor known as Girl in Audience (uncredited)
  • Chris J. Cullen known as Nets Fan (uncredited)
  • Marc I. Daniels known as NBA Fan (uncredited)
  • Justin Doescher known as Vladamir (uncredited)
  • Sarah Grgic known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Moe Hindi known as NBA Nets Fan (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Meyers known as Basketball Fan (uncredited)
  • John Mitchell known as Basketball Fan (uncredited)
  • Luis Pacheco known as Orlando Magic fan (uncredited)
  • Loukas Papas known as Leslie Wright's Driver (uncredited)
  • Dahiana Torres known as Nets Fan (uncredited)
  • Brigid Turner known as Basketball Players Wife (uncredited)
  • Teddy Valdes known as Rucker Park Kid (uncredited)
  • Anthony M. Walker known as Nets Fan (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Marjorie Durand known as makeup department head
  • Louise McCarthy known as personal makeup artist: Common
  • Tomasina Smith known as personal makeup artist: Queen Latifah
  • Taurance F. Williams known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Danielle Giovanniello known as assistant property master
  • Jonathan Hurwitz known as art department intern
  • Janet Kalas known as charge scenic artist
  • Jesse Rosenstock known as set dresser
  • Bradley Schmidt known as assistant art director
  • Zach Selter known as set dresser: day player
  • Ashley Smith known as production design intern
  • Noreen Souza-Bailey known as production design assistant
  • Kira Svesko known as set decoration production assistant
  • William Valentin known as scenic artist
  • Joan Winters known as graphic design
  • Sabrina Wright known as property master

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (presents)
  • Flavor Unit Entertainment (as Flavor Unit)

Other Companies:

  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Doggicam Systems  BodyMount provided by
  • DoggieCam Systems  BodyMount provided by
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • Hula Post  editing systems
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Visions from the Roof  CLP's music administered by

Distributors:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2010) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Japan (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Mariana Acuña Acosta known as compositor
  • Colleen Bachman known as visual effects producer: LOOK Effects
  • Derek Bird known as digital effects supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Niccolo H. Bodner known as roto artist: Look Effects, Inc.
  • Seth Brower known as compositor: Look FX
  • Cyntia Büll known as compositor: LOOK! Effects
  • Steve Dellerson known as executive producer: Look FX
  • Henrik Fett known as visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Kelly Fischer known as digital compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Chris Flynn known as compositor: LOOK Effects
  • Jenny Foster known as visual effects producer: LOOK Effects
  • David Geoghegan known as digital compositor
  • Brad Kalinoski known as compositing supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Nineli Khanian known as digital artist
  • Danny S. Kim known as visual effects artist
  • Thomas Kuo known as digital film scanner
  • Craig Mathieson known as digital compositor
  • Sean Rowe known as digital film scanner
  • Migs Rustia known as visual effects editor
  • Dan Schrecker known as visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Paul Stemmer known as visual effects editor
  • Ben Sumner known as digital compositor
  • Mai Suzuki known as digital restoration artist
  • Melissa Widup known as senior roto/paint artist: LOOK FX
  • Dave Zeevalk known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • Canada 14 May 2010 (limited)
  • USA 14 May 2010
  • Italy 13 August 2010
  • Spain 13 August 2010
  • Ireland 17 September 2010
  • UK 17 September 2010
  • Germany 28 October 2010
  • Poland 19 November 2010
  • Netherlands 11 January 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 9 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 22 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • France 10 May 2011

MPAA: Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. zactac from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    I saw the story that was being told and at first I thought I'd enjoy itbut I walked out of the theater with a little more emptiness than whenI walked in. It felt like there was just a lot of stuff missing fromthe movie but it was thanks to Queen Latifah's performance that made itworth the watch.

    The story is about Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) a physical therapistwho goes to a Nets game and ends up meeting her favorite basketballplayer Scott McKnight (Common). After she gets him hooked up with herno less than shallow friend Morgan Alexander (Paula Patton) she thinkshe changed her for the better. But after he gets injured she revealsshes just the same shallow person she always was and decides to leavehim. So now with the help of Leslie, Scott is having to find thestrength to go on to save his career and maybe find love in process.When Morgan comes back asking for forgiveness Scott has to make achoice between the beautiful girl or the girl whose beauty shows on theoutside and inside.

    While the story was good and there were a few funny moments I'm afraidit really didn't do anything for me. The performance by Queen Latifahsaved the movie for me while it wouldn't be my first choice its a goodmovie to watch just to see Queen Latifah do what she does best. Butthere were performances that really didn't get to me like Queen Latifahdid. Common for about half way through the film was not putting on avery good show. Most of the time he would make himself look prettynaive. Like when Morgan asks for forgiveness it just looked like hedidn't learn a single thing. While I have to give the character praisefor being a man who still has faith in mankind even after what he goesthrough. I think while it was annoying to see someone be so gullibleand fall for acts like those it really helped the rest of the movie bygiving the character something to change about himself and add to thedrama of the film. There were moments of comedy but nothing truly funnyto make me laugh out loud. And I think it would've been good to seemore of the problems in the relationship between Leslie and her mothersomething to help add to the drama of the film.

    In the end the film was enjoyable maybe if it was someone else besidesQueen Latifah then the movie would've been ruined for me. Every timeshe went off screen I wouldn't shut my eyes because I knew she'd beback in just a minute. A movie mostly meant for people who just want tosee Queen Latifah at one of her best moments.

  2. callanvass from victoria b.c canada
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    (Credit IMDb) Leslie Wright is a straight-shooting physical therapistwho gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star ScottMcKnight. All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling forScott, forcing her to choose between the gig and the tug-of-war insideher heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is insteaddrawn to the affections of Leslie's childhood friend Morgan, who hasher sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to playthe role of "best friend" forever or will Scott finally see that whathe always wanted is right in front of him?

    I actually enjoyed bits and pieces of this movie, it was reallystarting off well, but it didn't take long to head into a downwardspiral. I like the fact for once both love interests intentions arehonorable and such, but it was all too predictable. For starters, it'spossible yes, but am I really supposed to believe a big star like ScottMcKnight (Common) could be that nice? It just felt a bit too dreamy tome, and while I think it would be lovely for today's world, I reallydon't see that happening. The performances aren't a question, in factit's arguable that all of them were either above average or great, it'sjust the script is too phony and a bit too weak. The finale itself alsoreeks of clichés, and turns into your typical Romance ending.

    The Acting. Queen Latifah is purely the heart of this film. She clearlyput every ounce of effort she had in this movie, and it shows. Herperformance is electrifying and full of energy and charisma, but thescript just doesn't back all that up unfortunately. She is everything aWoman should be in this world, and she pulled it off with convictionand believability. Common himself is also pretty good, not as good asLatifah, but good. He's charmingly nice (Bit too nice if you ask me)and did as much as he could, while having competent and believablechemistry with Latifah. Paula Patton plays her deceiving, greedy roleto a T, showing a little heart at the end. Pickens Jr. Rashad (Of Cosbyfame) and Pam Grier do well as the respected parents. Dwight Howard,Dwayne Wade has amusing cameos.

    Bottom line. I didn't mind this, and it kept me watching. But it couldhave been so much more, and it deserved more with all the effort thecast gave to it. Watch it just for Latifah, her performance is worththe price of admission.

    5 ½ /10

  3. Dazz Camponi (dudedazzreviews@hotmail.co.uk) from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    Queen Latifah shows us everything she's got in Just Wright, a charmingromantic comedy about finding true love right in front of you. JustWright is about Leslie Wright, a physical therapist who is also amassive basketball fan and so, when she gets the opportunity to becomeScott McKnight's physical therapist, she is over the moon. The onlything is, Leslie wants their relationship to be more than professional,however her cousin Morgan wants to be a wife to any basketball playerand her eyes are on Scott. So as you would expect, Just Wright is yetanother predictable and cliché romantic comedy, however this isdifferent as this is actually very enjoyable. The greatest qualityabout the movie is the story. Even though it's predictable from thefirst sixty seconds of the movie and had many rom-com clichés, itdoesn't spoil the movie because the story was just very charming and isone of those heart-warming stories that will make you smile all thetime. This isn't one of your usual Zellwegger romantic comedies where aditzy woman falls in love with her perfect guy who she clapped eyes onin the first minute and slapstick comedy ensues. This is about aprofessional relationship growing into friendship growing intosomething more without the use of the woman falling over every tenseconds or getting out her over-sized knickers to get laughs, which isanother quality I loved about Just Wright. The comedy used in JustWright is basically through charm, the lines that Queen Latifah andCommon's characters use can make you giggle in some parts. The actingwas good and was a massive strength of the movie and Queen Latifah andCommon stand out from the entire cast with their marvellousperformances as their characters. The chemistry between Queen Latifahand Comm0n was brilliant and very believable.

    The characters were written well and they actually had personalities,which is a little unusual to see in romantic comedies considering thatmost rom-coms have one-dimensional personalities. Just Wright reallyshould have sunk with the very predictable story and theromantic-comedy clichés but writer Michael Elliot and director SanaaHamri have made it work and have both done a great job on this movie,you can tell the attention has been put into it. The movie might bepredictable but it works because of the charm and the likable leads.Queen Latifah and Common both have done a great job in playing theircharacters and adding charm to the movie. Some people may think JustWright is another one of those movies that mixes predictableromantic-comedies with sport and while they might be right, the movieis much more than that. With charming performances and a good storyalong with it, this beats quite a few movies in its genre.

    I don't have anything bad to say about Just Wright, it's one of thosemovies that's good to watch because of it's nice and charming story andcharacters. Also, another thing that I loved about Just Wright is thefact that the leads are different to the usual characters you see inromantic-comedy movies and shows that love comes in all shapes andsizes, which was a nice change to see. Overall, this is a good littlemovie to see and not take seriously. It's very predictable and you'llmore than likely guess everything within the first minute of the moviebut it's such a charming movie and the story is a good story to follow.If you like Queen Latifah as an actress, then you need to watch this asshe gives out a very good performance. This is definitely different tothe other romantic-comedies that you see today and it's a welcomingchange. To those who plan on making romantic-comedy movies, take a leafout of this movie's book as the film was what the movie title suggests.

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  4. danceability-1 from Netherlands
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    Just Right now.

    I saw this movie before it was released in theaters, and truly enjoyedit. I enjoyed the movie so much that I paid the second time to see it.

    People could not get with Paula's character, but women we all knowsomeone just like the character she played. Out for the almighty dollarand not about the character of the man.

    I thought the storyline was very refreshing, and it just goes to showwhy Queen Latifah is named QUEEN. She is truly a remarkable talent.

    If you haven't seen the movie, rent the DVD when it's released or justgo ahead and buy the movie. You won't be disappointed.

    danceability-1, Amsterdam Holland

  5. napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    Basketball and romantic comedy is a weird mix, but I happen to likeboth, so "Just Wright" worked for me. I'm concerned the producersprobably thought that they were going to get the male sports market ANDthe female romance market, but they are very wrong on that. Too muchcorny romance for most male viewers and too many basketball referencesfor most female viewers. This can probably only be enjoyed by romanticcomedy fans who also like the sport of basketball.

    The romantic comedy angle was very formulaic and obtuse. The entirestory was laid out from the very beginning, and even earlier than that- it was all in the trailer. There was little depth to the charactersand no depth to the situations. No laughs, no tears, but a few smiles.

    If you won't get too pained by how obvious the story is, there are somepositives. I enjoyed Queen Latifah and, surprisingly, the rapper Commonwas very enjoyable too. They both came across as likable people whom Iwanted to succeed. The slim vs. fat conflicts were kept to a minimumbecause they aren't their weight, they are people. And, againsurprisingly, there was even attempted thought put into the psychologyof sports injuries. Although there is almost nothing new in "JustWright", there is enough to keep fans watching.

  6. bob the moo from Birmingham, UK
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    But Leslie Wright and cousin Morgan Alexander are bit Nets fans;however while Leslie is a fan of the team, Morgan is more interested inlanding herself a husband and becoming a NBA-wife. When Leslie chancesupon a meeting at a gas station with loyal Nets point guard ScottMcKnight, she gets an invite to his birthday party and of course Morgansprings into action. Morgan has the looks to capture her man but Leslieappears to have more in common with him. When Scott gets injured,Leslie is employed as live-in physiotherapist supporting his attemptsto save his NBA career.

    I didn't expect Just Wright to be a great film but I was happy to meetit on its own genre ground and play by its rules. The reason for thiswas my ongoing interest in Common's acting career; this is perhapsfounded in bitterness since he has only done one album since he startedfocusing on the acting (and it was rubbish) – so I'm keen to see theprojects that make the loss (IMO) of such a great artist worthwhile.Since he was the leading man here I thought perhaps this would be theone. The problems with it start immediately as the plot is overlymessy, getting a lot of establishment done very quickly – meetingScott, proposing to Morgan, getting injured, getting Leslie into thejob; all work done just to get to the "once they spend time togetherthey find one another" part of the film that we all know is coming.This rather serious and rapid stuff gives the first half of the film anoverly earnest air that it doesn't warrant, can't carry and neverescapes.

    The second half of the film see the film become about the professionalcouple of Leslie and Scott and this focuses on them being together andfinding a chemistry. It is obvious and a bit cheesy but it is what thewhole film should have been like (and the film be only 90 minutes longas well). However this is not to say that this part is particularlygood either – the main problem is that the material is not particularlyinspired, nor is it particularly charming. It is this second qualitythat is missing most because this sort of film needs charm to make theformula work. Sadly the material doesn't produce it and the chemistrybetween the two leads is not all it should be.

    This is not down to Latifah though, because she works her sparkle forevery last drop – she literally gives 100% in every scene and it doesshow. Common, on the other hand, misjudges his material – partlybecause he has to deal with more of the "earnest plotting" in the firsthalf. He carries his character too serious and too earnestly to get themood right. He works "OK" with Latifah but the chemistry just doesn'twork as well as it should and it is partly his fault. Patton looks gooddespite having a terrible character who is all about being a plotdevice in the weaker first half. Meanwhile the cast is packed withfaces from black entertainment (Rashad, Grier) and lots of NBA playersshowing up – presumably to make the film more marketable thanks totheir presence.

    Just Wright does start to get a bit better in the second half when themessy and serious plot setting is done and Latifah's sheer work-ratestarts to win the viewer over, but she cannot do it alone and indeedshe doesn't. It is not an awful film but it should have been moreformula focused, stayed closely to the genre and have delivered thematerial to match the effort put in by Latifah. Sadly this is anotherfilm that makes Universal Mind Control feel like an even worse albumthan it was.

  7. TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    Queen Latifah is Leslie Wright, physical therapist, nice and generousbut in her mid-30s with no male prospects in sight. By sheer chance shemeets an all-star basketball player for the NJ Nets, at a fillingstation when he doesn't know how to access his filler cap. That shehappens to be a lifelong basketball fan makes things more interesting.

    Music artist and rapper Common is that star basketball player, ScottMcKnight. After his encounter with Leslie, and seeing how nice she is,he invited her to join a big group at his home for a birthdaycelebration.

    Paula Patton is Leslie's cousin, Morgan Alexander, a pretty lady whohas only one ambition, spend money on shopping and finding a wealthyhusband so that she can spend even more money on shopping. Sheinsinuates herself into the situation and manages to get Scott to fallfor her.

    Leslie is disappointed because once again a shallow guy chooses thepretty girl over the better girl, but things turn around when Scott hasa serious knee injury, requiring surgery, only 3 months before theplayoffs are to begin. By this time Morgan has moved in with Scott, anddoesn't like the pretty physical therapist assigned to Scott, so shegets Leslie into the job. Leslie does a super job, works Scott hard, toget him ready for the playoffs, which no one thought possible.

    Common, as it turns out, was already a pretty good basketball player,and his father had played in the old ABA, so he didn't require a doublefor any of the basketball action against legit NBA players.

    Not a great movie by any stretch, but a nice rom-com, better than itscurrent low IMDb rating would indicate. Each actor does a fine job.

    SPOILERS: Morgan ditches Scott after his injury, no longer seeing hisas her meal ticket. Leslie and Scott get closer. When Scott returns andis the hero of the playoffs, Morgan tries to get back in his favor byhe has become wise to her. In the end he and Leslie fall in love andhead towards being a couple.

  8. Tom Smith from New Hampshire
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    "Just Wright" was "just bad". I'm sorry to say I gave up after watchingover 1 hour 20 minutes of the film (there were about 20 minutes left).And I love basketball themed films.

    Pam Grier (minimal screen time) is one of my favorite actresses andQueen Latifah is always excellent. But this was as lame as movies get.My guess is that between the poor writing (or was there no writing andthe actors were allowed to improvise the whole script) and lack of anydirection they couldn't pull off a save.

    It was clear that Common has had zero acting classes and it sorelyshowed. He was un"Common"ly bad and should stick to the music that'smaking him money. His best acting was when he feigned an injury on thecourt and when he was flying a toy helicopter. Common should fire hismanager for setting him up to crash and burn so badly.

    I've always liked Phylicia Rashad as she always does a great job.Unfortunately she didn't have enough screen time to make a differencein this movie either. With Pam Grier and Phylicia Rashad having solittle screen time, that left it all to Queen Latifah to carry theweight of the entire failing movie. And she did a truly admirable jobof carrying the entire movie. But no one, no matter how good, couldsucceed when such a poorly written script and bad (or lack of) actingsurrounded them, stacking the odds so badly against them.

    Honestly, if Pam Grier, Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad were allowedto create their own improvised script (since there was no real scriptanyway) on anything they wanted and with no direction (and it alsoseemed like there was no direction anyway), I'm sure this movie wouldhave come out better than it did.

    If you recorded this, save yourself and hit the delete button. Therewas a nice concept, but no one wrote a script or gave any direction tothis film.

  9. eneyeseekaywhy from Ireland
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    Hollywood has turned many a hip-hop artist into an actor over the pasttwo decades. Whilst some were surprisingly decent (Tupac, Mos Def andLL Cool J spring to mind), the majority were somewhat painful to watch(Eminem, 50 Cent, DMX). Queen Latifah lies in the former category,she's likable, funny and has a lot of screen presence. The same cannotbe said for her Just Wright co-star, hip-hop artist Common. In hisfirst starring role he seems to have channelled Keanu Reeves in hisheyday, stare blankly and the audience will fill in the emotion you'retrying to convey. It's somewhat surprising that his performance isstilted considering he was being guided by Sanaa Hamri, director of TheSisterhood of the travelling Pants 2……..Exactly.

    Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a sports physiotherapist who, wait for it,just can't seem to get a man! We know this because its explained to usroughly 14 times in the first 25 minutes. Her god-sister Morgan, playedby Paula Patton, is beautiful but shallow and the guys always seem togo for her. To quote one of Common's collaborators, Kanye West; 'She agolddigga'. Her main aim in life is to bag an NBA all-star and become aballers wife. Scott McKnight is the New Jersey Nets finest player, sowhen the two girls get invited to his exclusive birthday bash, who doesMcKnight choose but Morgan. Poor Queenie. After a whirlwind romance thetwo get engaged. All seems to be going to Morgan's plan until McKnightsuffers a possibly career ending injury. Imagining that hermulti-millionaire NBA star fiancé will somehow become penniless becauseof this, Morgan decides to leave him. In steps Leslie Wright to nursehim back to health with a Rocky style training montage. Theirblossoming romance is painfully explained to us in a scene whereMcKnight spoon-feeds Leslie some chicken soup. After his heroiccomeback game Morgan appears on the scene once again but McKnightchooses his true love. In the end they're all friends. Ah.

    Whilst its not insultingly awful, Just Wright is so predictablyformulaic that you have it figured out 10 minutes in and from thereit's just a waiting game. In the Hollywood screenwriters edition ofMicrosoft Word there seems to be a template entitled 'Sports Rom-Combetween $15M and $30M'. Change the sport to Baseball and the leadactress to Drew Barrymore and you basically have The Perfect Catch.I've never been a huge fan of romantic comedies, simply because therearen't many decent ones. Just Wright makes no attempts to push the boatout or break the rom-com mould in any way. Its is the film equivalentof a pot noodle meal, whilst its edible, it has no nutritional valuewhatsoever.

  10. MLDinTN from TN
    29 Mar 2012, 7:44 pm

    The main problem with this romance movie was that the 2 leads didn'thave a whole lot of chemistry. Sorry, but Queen Latifah is notbelievable as a 35 year old looking for Mr. Right. First of all, shelooks older and is older than 35. Could they have not used her realage? And we all know she isn't looking for a mister. She is best as thebest friend in a movie like this. Common, the rapper playing thebasketball player, was OK, but is definitely wooden when it comes toacting.

    The movie plays sort of like a Cinderella story, but I'm afraid it'snot going to come true for most. Paula Patton plays the gold diggerbest friend and is so shallow. They should have used her character morefor more laughs.

    FINAL VERDICT: I'd skip it.

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