Juwanna Mann (2002)
Movie InfoIt's Big Momma's House on the three-point line in this broad farce, which marks the leading man/woman debut of longtime character actor Miguel A. Nunez. Nunez stars as Jamal Jefferies, a hotheaded pro basketball player whose on-court antics and quick temper get him booted from the league altogether. Faster than you can say Dennis Rodman, Jamal has transformed himself into the busty Juwanna Mann in order to be a forward for a high-intensity team in the WUBA league, the Charlotte Banshees. Behind the doors of the womens' lockerroom, Jamal unexpectedly falls for Michelle Langford (Vivica A. Fox), the team's no-nonsense captain. But prosthetic breasts and false eyelashes aren't the only thing preventing Jamal from finding true love with Michelle: there's also the problem of her aggressive, two-timing boyfriend, Romeo (Ginuwine), not to mention the unwanted advances Juwanna gets from a skanky rapper named Puff Smokey Smoke (Tom Davidson). … More
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Critic Reviews for Juwanna Mann
The idea of transposing the story to the macho, greedy world of big-time sports is promising, but director Jesse Vaughan delivers only flat dialogue and predictable situations.
The movie is sloppily edited, the gags limply staged, the dialogue and jokes stiff and stale. Even the action on the basketball court is unimaginative and boring.
An unpersuasive moral journey, with a smattering of laughs, that fails to justify the insulting premise that only a man can help the ladies win at both basketball and love.
Vaughan brings such disregard to the film that its pedestrian on-court action might as well have been shot from the bleacher seats.
Bogus and wickedly unoriginal.
...about as exciting to watch as two last-place basketball teams playing one another on the final day of the season.
It's hard to know what to make of a film such as this, with its implicit message that it takes men to empower women in sports.
The referee should have cried 'foul' on this long before it hit the screens.
'Wouldn't it be nice if all guys got a taste of what it's like on the other side of the bra?'
This mess of a movie is nothing short of a travesty of a transvestite comedy.
It's such a mechanical endeavor [that] it never bothers to question why somebody might devote time to see it.
I can't imagine anyone taking anything positive away from Juwanna Mann, other than the conviction that it's not a very good movie.
Audience Reviews for Juwanna Mann
This movie was funny, but really had no point at all. Just a silly movie for when you wanna laugh I guess.More
Miguel A. Nunez plays Jamal Jeffries, a NBA bad boy whose court antics are so outrageous; he gets booted out the league so he decides to dress as a woman and join the WNBA. To his surprise, he makes it but ends up starting to fall for his teammate, Michelle (played by Vivica A. Fox.) The rest of the movie is hilarious fun. Miguel A. Nunez JR. does great as Jamal Jeffries/Juwanna Mann and does a brilliant job of imitating a woman. The movie is kind of predictable though but it has some funny moments and some cute parts.More
Hilarious! Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is fantastic. This movie leaves you laughing hard. Ginuwine does a guest appearance, a pretty interesting role.More
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