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Just Wright
Thursday, 20 May 2010 00:00

Just WrightQueen Latifah is a confident, curvaceous woman who doesn’t let not being a size 2 twenty-year-old dictate her career. Correction; actually she does, but in a good way. Latifah doesn’t rely only on looks to get her by (*ahem! Megan Fox*), but selects characters that have substance and dimension as well as attractiveness. Her charismatic presence, as well as those of her co-stars, elevates Just Wright from a cliché riddled script into an enjoyable romance.

Patton, Latifah and CommonLatifah plays Leslie Wright, a physical therapist with a lot going for her; a fixer-upper house, loving parents, and a good job. But she’s in her mid-thirties and still hoping to meet that special guy she “can’t live without”. But you know how it is – Leslie is a “gal-pal” and like Betty from the Archie comics she’s the girl guys love to be around, until Veronica walks by. In this case Veronica comes in the form of Leslie’s god-sister Morgan (Paula Patton), a gorgeous drama queen who wants to marry an NBA player – any NBA player. As long as he comes with credit cards and a big ole diamond ring.

Common and Latifah getting warmed upEnter Scott McKnight, played by the rapper Common. He’s a big time basketball star who has a chance run-in with Leslie and invites her to his party. She takes miss gold-digger along with her – big mistake. Circumstances keep throwing the two together though, and she becomes his trainer when an injury threatens his career.

Just Wright is filled with predictable plot devices and a sometimes cheesy script, but the onscreen chemistry and warmth of Latifah and Common really made this a more enjoyable film than I was expecting. The characters had some depth and the entire cast put in good performances. This is no Oscar contender, but if you’re in the mood for a feel good movie it’s a nice way to spend a rainy spring afternoon.


Directed by Sanaa Hamri and starring Queen Latifah and Common.

Queen Latifah was originally cast to star in Monster’s Ball – the role that later went to Halle Berry and won her an Oscar!