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STARRING: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Pam Grier, James Pickens Jr. and Phylicia Rashad
WRITTEN BY: Michael Elliot
DIRECTED BY: Sanaa Hamri
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 14 May 2010
Review Date: 25 May 2010
It's been refreshing seeing so many romantic comedies as of late, that were not only good, but clean as well. Leap Year, Letters to Juliet and now Just Wright, have all been very tasty films and were all rated PG.
The adorable Queen Latifah who is one of the few people in Hollywood you can tell has a good soul just by looking at her; stars as Leslie Wright. All of Leslie's life, she has been the `friend' to charming and available guys. No one has ever wanted to be more than that with her in the end, and to add insult to injury, guys tend to fall for her best friend Morgan (Paula Patton).
Morgan is indeed beautiful, but then so is Leslie, and only an idiot wouldn't be able to smell Morgan's BS from a mile away. But then again there are a lot of idiots in the world, so this makes it easier for those of us with two or more brain cells watching, to accept this in the film.
To call Morgan high maintenance would be the understatement of the century. At least she is honest with Leslie about her intentions however, which was one of two small problems I had with this great film.
The first being that I just can't buy that Leslie would after all these years be friends with someone so manipulative and deceitful. Morgan has made it her mission in life, to wed a cash flow. Whereas Leslie you see, is basically every bit as sweet as the real Queen Latifah.Read more ›
Movies like this are inherently contrived, so liking them really has nothing to do with believing in them. It has more to do with how they present themselves, if they're pleasant and fun and have good characters. "Just Wright" exudes such charm and goodwill that it entertains at a fundamentally emotional level. I also appreciated the fact that, while there's almost nothing plausible about what leads to the obligatory romance, the romance itself is compelling, focusing more on the process of falling in love than the end result. Anyone can capture immature puppy love on camera and call it a movie, but we don't often see older characters allowing something to develop naturally.
Here's the story. Leslie, a New Jersey physical therapist and Basketball fan, has a chance encounter with Scott McKnight (Common), a star player for the Nets and a recent free agent. He's decent enough and seems to like her. He even invites her to his birthday party.Read more ›
I think the reasons I like this movie are these: 1. There is a running message to believe in your self-worth. 2. As the cover shows, there is an attraction between the two leads. And it's always nice to see someone who is not considered a traditional body style actually be the lead and a potential love interest. 3. The soundtrack is very good! As a music lover, I always pay attention to the soundtrack. (Look for "Feet on Fire" by Dude 'n Nem for a high energy, kick butt, motivating song!) 4. I love love. :)
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I LOVE this movie! I've watched it so many times I've lost count. Maybe it's the twist on "good guys always finish last", and the feeling of vindication when the long-shot... Read morePublished 1 month ago by WlRdAnything
Super cute movie... Love Queen Latifah and Common awesome romantic movie... Basketball movie...Published 1 month ago by Krista
I loved Queen Latifah in this movie and fell in Love with Common. Had no idea he was such a great actor. Kudos to him!Published 1 month ago by happy student
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