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Juwanna Mann (2002)


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 75

Critics Consensus: With its tired premise, Juwanna Mann's jokes fall flat.

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 26

Critics Consensus: With its tired premise, Juwanna Mann's jokes fall flat.


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 8,291


Movie Info

It'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 … More

PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Bradley Allenstein
In Theaters:
Nov 19, 2002
Box Office:
Warner Bros. - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Juwanna Mann

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (75) | DVD (8)

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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Vaughan brings such disregard to the film that its pedestrian on-court action might as well have been shot from the bleacher seats.

Full Review… | November 18, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A Tootsie-role sports farce that's a drag in every which way.

Full Review… | July 3, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Simplistic, silly and tedious.

Full Review… | June 25, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Cross-dressing sports comedy has lockerroom humor.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

As limp as it is lazy.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Bogus and wickedly unoriginal.

January 15, 2004
Radio Free Entertainment

...about as exciting to watch as two last-place basketball teams playing one another on the final day of the season.

November 26, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Some like it lukewarm in this tale.

Full Review… | November 19, 2002

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

The referee should have cried 'foul' on this long before it hit the screens.

Full Review… | October 6, 2002

'Wouldn't it be nice if all guys got a taste of what it's like on the other side of the bra?'

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This mess of a movie is nothing short of a travesty of a transvestite comedy.

Full Review… | September 23, 2002

What a stiflingly unfunny and unoriginal mess this is!

Full Review… | September 18, 2002

It's such a mechanical endeavor [that] it never bothers to question why somebody might devote time to see it.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002

We have given a name to our pain, and that name is Juwanna Mann.

Full Review… | July 23, 2002

I can't imagine anyone taking anything positive away from Juwanna Mann, other than the conviction that it's not a very good movie.

Full Review… | July 15, 2002
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Obnoxious Tootsie rip-off.

Full Review… | July 11, 2002

This movie is about a man in drag, but it's far from being a drag itself.

Full Review… | July 9, 2002
3BlackChicks Review

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.


Super Reviewer

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.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is fantastic. This movie leaves you laughing hard. Ginuwine does a guest appearance, a pretty interesting role.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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