Posted on 12/11/10 01:21 AM
A Review By: Sam Fragoso
Queen Latifah and rapper turned actor, Common star in the new romantic comedy called "Just Wright".
It's seems to me that Hollywood has suddenly stopped caring about the general public and the money they spend on their movies or maybe they have just simply ran out of ideas for a good, heartfelt romantic comedy. Anyways well save the rant for another time; let's get on to "Just Wright".
The film revolves around Leslie Wright; she's a hardworking physical therapist, that's a die-hard New Jersey Nets fan. So on the way home from a game she bumps into, who other then Scot McKnight... an NBA superstar (fiction) for the New Jersey Nets, that she ironically adores. He glances at her, she dazzles her eyes back it him and there it is... love at first site.
If I'm undermining the plot, I apologize. But I am just so tired of romantic-comedies being so predictable. It's like they write a chart out: Couple meets at an off beat location, affection shown here, complication/break up there, man or women realizes they have made a mistake, reconcile and get back together... film over, happy ending. Sometimes that predictability is fine in films, because the story is so enjoyable, but not here.
However not everything is bland in "Just Wright". I always enjoy Queen Latifah in films, she has a natural charisma on screen, and I really admire that. I enjoyed some of the basketball scenes, implausible as they are. And James Pickens Jr. delivers his lines of wisdom to his daughter with affection and sincerity.
But it's predictable, implausible and the last twenty minutes of the film are paced so fast, you'd think there's a time bomb on set awaiting their finish. Queen Latifah should know better, and looking at Common's resume suggests he doesn't.
Queen Latifah - Leslie Wright
Common - Scott McKnight
Paula Patton - Morgan Alexander
James Pickens Jr. - Lloyd Wright
All my review can be found at "Dukeandthemovies.com