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Juwanna Mann (2002)



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

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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).
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Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
as Jamal Jeffries/Juwanna Mann
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
Vlade Divac
as Morse
Tammi Reiss
as Vicki Sanchez
Pearl Jones
as Esther
Tyrone "Mugsy" Bogues
as Stewart, Andrew
Vickie Sanchez
as Tammi Reiss
Magda Rowonowitch
as Heather Quella
Jeanne Zelasko
as herself
Chris Myers
as Himself
Roy Firestone
as himself
Kenny Albert
as himself
Kevin Frazier
as himself
Cynthia Cooper
as herself
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
as Moving Man
Michael Drake
as Waiter
Everett Summers
as WUBA Referee
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Critic Reviews for Juwanna Mann

All Critics (83) | 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.

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.

June 25, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Juwanna Mann

A man dressed as a woman is usually funny. This is no Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire, but there is still good fun here. An egotistical NBA player finds himself banned from basketball. Rather than learning his lesson, he disguises himself as a female pro basketball player. Nothing is remotely believable and it often takes things a step too far, but it is consistent in its approach and shakes out pleasant simple laughs along the way. Miguel A Nunez Jr is animated and colorful in the lead role. Except for his manager, played by Kevin Pollock, the rest of the cast is rather flat. While that is not a good thing, a movie like this can survive acting deficiencies as long as it has a main character to lead the way. It will not stick with you for a long time, but it is worth watching if you enjoy a goofy sports comedy.

Russell Guest
Russell Guest

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
Deb S

Super Reviewer

This movie was funny, but really had no point at all. Just a silly movie for when you wanna laugh I guess.


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