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Just Wright

2010-08-26 16:14
Just Wright

What it's about:

Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a physical therapist struggling to find the man of her dreams. She goes on all these blinds dates hoping that she will find the perfect man to sweep her off her feet, but all the guys she meets always see her as the perfect friend; 'one of the boys' kind of girl. That's until she falls in love with basketball player Scott McKnight (Common), who however falls for her friend Morgan (Paula Patton). When the basketball player injures himself during a game Leslie has to help him recover from his injuries. Will they both find what they are looking for?

What we thought:

This is supposed to be a romantic comedy, but that is not the case. It is more of a romantic drama than a comedy. Queen Latifah is now better known as a movie star, who has starred in a number of family comedies like the Ice Age movies, The Secret Life of Bees and her role as the sassy Matron Mama Morton in Chicago won her an Oscar nomination. 

Latifah's ability to take a role and make it her own needs to be applauded. She is able to change from different roles, from comedy to gangster to musical, without breaking a sweat, which is always nice to see from an actor.

Leslie Wright, the character she plays in the movie, is a confident, career-driven woman who's always looking for Mr Right, but for some reason, the men she dates only want to be friends and nothing more.

The pace is a bit slow, which makes for great suspense as the relationship between Leslie and star basketball player Scott McKnight is built up. Since the movie is about basketball, lots of on-court, slow-mo basketball scenes are almost expected, but that is not the case. This is a romance above everything else so the movie spends more time forming the emotional connection between Leslie and Scott. Still, Common is the type of actor who appeals to both men and women.  Not only is he a fine specimen of a man, but he is also cool enough for men to freely admit that they like him.

There was a bit of chemistry between the two; it felt as if they have known each other for years. In the beginning I doubted if the two would ever be together; it seemed more like a fairytale as he fell in love with her best friend.

But there were a few scenes in the movie that hinted that these two could make it together despite the obstacles against them. It's the classic case of realising that two friends could actually be so much more for each other.  But will they have their chance at happiness when Scott's ex returns?

While there is no question that Queen Latifah and Common make an attractive pair onscreen, there were few sparks flying between them, making their against-all-odds romance rather hard to sell. There's a certain quality to convincingly falling love over the space of a 90-minute movie, and Just Wright does not quite get it right after all.

It’s not a typical boy meets girl and live happily ever after type of story. It keeps some surprises well hidden, so it wouldn’t be advisable to go into Just Wright thinking that you've seen this type of story before. There's enough charm and passion to keep you glued.

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