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Just Wright

comedy, romance


Queen Latifah and Common deliver slam-dunk entertainment in this charming story of hoops, hope, and the game of love. Leslie Wright is a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with injured NBA star Scott McKnight.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    45%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Positive messages galore in formulaic, teen-friendly romcom.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy contains little that's potentially worrisome to parents, except perhaps a storyline that explores how some women set their sights on becoming involved with pro athletes and set themselves up for a life of comfort. The subject's played for laughs, but it's elevated and mocked at the same time. The movie willingly stays within the formulaic confines of the genre (including the idea that successful women are incomplete without a man), never once pushing its boundaries. Not that Queen Latifah's legions of fans, which include plenty of teens, would care; she's in nearly every frame and is as affable as ever. There's a little cussing and some drinking in social situations (usually wine), but not much more than that.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the character Leslie: Is she typical of female leads in romantic comedies? Why is it unusual to see women bigger than a size 2 in romantic comedies? Why are so many women in romantic comedies portrayed as if they're incomplete without a boyfriend? Does this movie do anything to shake up the norm in romcoms?
  • Are there really women -- and men, too -- who pursue celebrities and athletes because it'll pave the way for an easier life? Will it? In the film, does social-climbing Morgan seem sympathetic despite her goals? Why?
  • Why is it that in movies, superstar athletes are expected to be one-dimensional, caring only about their sport and bedding women? Why does this stereotype persist? Does this film shatter any of that?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    45%
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  • Audience

    61%

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Queen Latifah is fine as always but Common is a dull blank and the story trite.

- jjnxn, Tuesday, July 3, 2012

2 stars

2 star romantic dramedy, .5 extra stars for plot centering around the NBA, even though it's about a fictional New Jersey Nets' player. I was disappointed that Jay-Z was not in this milk dud, no Russians either. Queen Latifah is a pretty good actress, Common still is awful but it was probably his least awful performance in a movie, nevertheless he still manages to be awful. Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, and Elton Brand get a few scenes of dialogue. Where the heck is Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki? Would have given this movie bonus stars like it did with the Lil Bow Wow basketball flick.

- Chiefilms, Friday, September 17, 2010

1 star

Just Wright is a mess of a romantic comedy where the biggest star in the NBA Scott McKnight (Common) ends up inadvertently meeting physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) leading to McKnight to fall in love with... Wrights God-sister Morgan (Paula Patton). They are in love and get engaged. Then it hits. Scott's knee is screwed. He's laid up and Leslie becomes his physical therapist while Morgan dumps him because she really wants to land a superstar NBA player. I don't need to continue the rest of the plot because the rest of the film is cliche central. Just Wright tries to be more than a romantic comedy by weighing it heavily with the basketball plot. I think they figured that guys would scream "Hey! It's Marv Albert!" when he's on screen (of course I thought "Hey, there's the guy that bites hookers!") It fails unless you're a hardcore NBA fan. Otherwise it opens well enough and then falls into the standard fold of fall in love, misunderstanding, redemption. You've seen it all before and you'll see it again.

- sononothing, Sunday, September 19, 2010