Just Wright Reviews
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Summary: Good-hearted physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is looking for romance but keeps finding duds until she meets professional basketball player Scott McKnight (Common). When Scott suffers a major injury, it's up to Leslie to save his career. Leslie and Scott become close as they work together, but Leslie's beautiful, gold-digging childhood chum -- who is also Scott's estranged girlfriend -- threatens their relationship.
My Thoughts: "I couldn't help but like this. I love the Queen. The film has many cliche's and is as predictable as the next romantic comedy film. But who cares. As long as the acting is good and the story is decent then it's an enjoyable watch for me. Of course there will be those who will dislike it, but if your a fan of these types of flicks it will probably be to your liking."
"I'm not one of those salad-eating chicks."
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.
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?
Although achingly predictable, "Just Wright" manages to achieve watchable status with its pleasing and intelligent dissection of what makes a woman truly beautiful(Leslie is almost the archetypical earth mother), as a woman's truest wish might be her dream job, not necessarily her dream man.(Admittedly there is a bit of an ethical dilemma for Leslie late in the film that is never addressed.) Also explored with a fine touch is the life of a professional athlete which the movie keeps grounded. And it is refreshingly not that concerned with winning and losing. If one wanted to be picky, one could point that it is not currently that realistic to have the Nets and the playoffs in the same sentence or could wonder what Leslie will do in a few years when the Nets move to Brooklyn. Still, it is not as bad as the hero of "Flash Gordon"(1980) being a Jets quarterback.
The entire movie though it was bothering me that not only is Scott McKnight considered better than Dwayne Wade, the Nets also made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without him. Not really a quip with the movie though since thats just the basketball fan in me talking.
After a whirlwind romance the two get engaged. All seems to be going to Morgan's plan until McKnight suffers a possibly career ending injury. Imagining that her multi-millionaire NBA star fiancÚ will somehow become penniless because of this, Morgan decides to leave him. And Leslie is the only one who can fix him nursing him back to health with a Rocky style training montage. Queen Latifah's Leslie is a lovely woman - strong, independent, funny, kind, warm and caring and it is really hard not to like her. Of course this film will make you go all mushy in the end, but what do you expect? It's a romantic comedy.
Great song- "Champion" by Queen Latifah.
Great cast- Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier, James Pickens Jr., Michael Landes, and Mehcad Brooks. Worthy!
I enjoyed Queen Latifah and the rapper Common was very enjoyable too. The slim vs.fat was not an issue here, and he did not care for her weight, but for her soul. Although there was almost nothing new in Just Wright, it was funny at times.