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Juwanna Mann (2002)



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

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 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
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bradley Allenstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 2002
Box Office: $13.4M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


Miguel A. Nez Jr.
as Jamal Jeffries/Juwan...
Vivica A. Fox
as Michelle Langford
Tommy Davidson
as Puff Smokey Smoke
Kevin Pollak
as Lorne Daniels
as Romeo
Kim Wayans
as Latisha Jansen
Muggsy Bogues
as Andrew Stewart
Annie Corley
as Coach Rivers
Jenifer Lewis
as Aunt Ruby
Heather Quella
as Magda Rowonowitch
Angela Cossey
as Natalie Kemper
Itoro Coleman
as Debbie Scruggs
Angie Cossey
as Natalie Kemper
Terry Loughlin
as Commissioner
Bonnie Johnson
as Lorne's Secretary
Tammi Reiss
as Vicki Sanchez
Tyrone "Mugsy" Bogue...
as Stewart, Andrew
Vickie Sanchez
as Tammi Reiss
Magda Rowonowitch
as Heather Quella
Chris Myers
as Himself
Kenny Albert
as himself
Katy Steding
as herself
Jay Leno
as himself
Reginald Coles III
as Beat Player Kerns
Ric Reitz
as Beat Coach
Andrew Kenny
as Autograph Kid
Brittani Warrick
as Young Girl
Mert Hatfield
as Arbitrator
Jaclyn Dahm
as Triplet #1
Erica Dahm
as Triplet #2
Nicole Dahm
as Triplet #3
Lance Krall
as Asian Guy
Eddie Rouse Jr.
as Moving Man
Everett Summers
as WUBA Referee
J. Don Ferguson
as UBA Referee
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Critic Reviews for Juwanna Mann

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28)

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

Cross-dressing sports comedy has lockerroom humor.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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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