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Movie Review: Just Wright

May 14, 2010

Just Wright – A Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Release

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/justwright/

Release Date: May 14th, 2010

Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language

Running time: 101 minutes

Sanaa Hamri (dir.)

Michael Elliot (screenplay)

Lisa Coleman (music)

Wendy Melvoin (music)

Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright

Common as Scott McKnight

Paula Patton as Morgan Alexander

James Pickens Jr. as Lloyd Wright

Phylicia Rashad as Ella McKnight

Pam Grier as Janice Wright

Our reviews below:

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Just Wright Review By John C.

*** (out of 4)

Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a big fan of the basketball team the New Jersey Nets.  When she catches the eye of one of the players, Scott McKnight (Common), her God-sister, Morgan (Paula Patton), the kind of person that steals your thunder when you’re in the middle of a perfect 2-way conversation, snatches him up for herself.  When McKnight has an injury playing basketball, his novelty goes out the window for Morgan, who’s just looking to marry someone famous.  And then, in a twist of movie fate, Leslie Wright, who works as a physiotherapist, is brought in as his personal trainer, and feelings develop between the two.

Is it contrived and clichéd?  Yes.  But it also has a sincerity and sweetness to it that makes it stand out from other romantic-comedies.  The acting is all good, and Queen Latifah has a likable quality to her that keeps us watching – I just love the cheery personality that she brings to each and every role.  The story is predictable, but the characters are so nice that it doesn’t really matter.

I went into Just Wright fully expecting to like it, and left having thoroughly enjoyed myself.  It moves at a quick pace, and is a nice diversion from the loud, summer fare usually populating the multiplexes at this time of year.  And those are just some of the reasons I think this is one worth seeing.

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Just Wright Review by Erin V.

***1/4 (out of 4)

In Fox Searchlight’s new film Just Wright, Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a physiotherapist who works at local nursing homes.  She also happens to be a huge basketball fan.  When she attends a home game with her friend Morgan, (Paula Patton), on the way home she runs into her favourite player, Scott McKnight (Common) at a gas station, and finds both her and her friend invited to his birthday party. Morgan is looking for a shallow, flashy relationship with someone famous, and ends up making Leslie feel upstaged again and again.  She starts a relationship with McKnight while Leslie feels on the sidelines, but then he injures his knee during a basketball game, and Leslie is brought on as his physiotherapist, allowing them to start to really get to know each other.

All of the actors make this film feel genuine and nice to watch.  While the story does follow a classic rom-com pattern, it’s only because when done well, such as here, it works.  There’s nothing wrong per-se with formula, just how you utilize it.

While Just Wright isn’t one of the big blockbusters of the summer, nor as talked about as something like Sex and the City 2, (although I think I may like it better than that upcoming film…), it is one that is nice to go out and see.  Sometimes it’s just good to watch a film like this that will take your mind off things, and leave you in a pleasant mood.  Check this one out in theatres if you can.

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Just Wright Review By Nicole

*** (out of 4)

Just Wright is a charming romantic-comedy that, unlike many other films, does not rely on rude or sexual content to tell the story.  Queen Latifah stars as Leslie Wright, a 35 year old physiotherapist who still lives with her parents, and childhood friend Morgan (played by Precious actress Paula Patton.)  Both Leslie and Morgan wish to find the man of their dreams.  Their wishes may be granted when Leslie runs into Scott McKnight (Common), a famous basketball player.  He invites Leslie to his birthday party, who in turn invites Morgan (who has always dreamed of marrying a rich basketball player.)  Both Leslie and Morgan are attracted to Scott, but Morgan ends up engaged to him.  All this is about to change when Scott injures his knee, and ends up with in Leslie’s care.  A friendship and eventual romance ends up between the two.

Just Wright, while predictable, is a sweet and likable film.  With no objectionable content, Just Wright is a perfect film that anyone from teenagers to seniors will enjoy.

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Just Wright Review By Maureen

*** (out of 4)

Just Wright is a romantic comedy with a real old-fashioned charm to it.  Yes, it’s predictable and it ends up just the way you would expect it to but it’s an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a single 35 year old physiotherapist who lives with her parents in an old fixer-upper house.  Everyone wants Leslie to meet a nice man and get married.  Leslie’s friend Morgan (Paula Patton) is staying with Leslie and her parents.  Morgan’s goal is to nab an NBA basketball player as a husband.  Leslie and Morgan end up attending NBA Nets player, Scott McKnight’s (Common) birthday party.  Morgan catches Scott’s eye and their romance begins.  When Scott injures his knee during a basketball game, Leslie gets hired on as his personal rehabilitation physiotherapist.  A friendship between Leslie and Scott grows to include a lot of sweet and believable moments, including a lovely scene with a grand piano.

Queen Latifah is so nice to watch in this role.  Her character, Leslie is a genuinely likable, strong and confidant woman who doesn’t need to settle for anything less than just right.  The audience can’t help but want things to work out for Leslie.

With solid acting throughout, exciting basketball scenes, and genuinely likable characters, Just Wright is one of those movies that have you leaving the theatre with a smile on your face and in your heart.

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Just Wright Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Just Wright is the simple and predictable story of a physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) whose “godsister” Morgan (Paula Patton) goes after the local NBA star Scott McKnight (Common) to be his trophy wife.  When his career is threatened by a knee injury Leslie is hired to put him back in shape for the playoffs, while Morgan dumps him.  Once he is back in action Morgan comes back but it may be too late, since Scott and Leslie have inevitably grown fond of each other.

This movie is a joy to watch, mainly due to the two leads, working from a smart script that is free from vulgarity.  Working with real NBA players, Common is convincing in the brief basketball scenes, while Queen Latifah’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the game come from her New Jersey high school days in the state championship team.  Their shared musical interest also comes out in the score, with a brief duet in the film and under the closing credits, and some progressive jazz in a club.  It is a very sweet 101 minutes that will keep you smiling.

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Consensus: Although it is admittedly predictable, with strong acting throughout, including a likable performance from Queen Latifah, Just Wright is a sweet and enjoyable romantic-comedy from start to finish. *** (Out of 4)

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