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Just Wright

Just Wright

4.0 3
Director: Sanaa Hamri

Cast: Common, Queen Latifah, Paula Patton


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When NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common) suffers a debilitating injury, tough-talking physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) pulls out all the stops to get him back on his game. But their professional relationship turns personal when Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, and discovers the feeling may


When NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common) suffers a debilitating injury, tough-talking physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) pulls out all the stops to get him back on his game. But their professional relationship turns personal when Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, and discovers the feeling may be mutual. Paula Patton co-stars in a romantic comedy penned by Michael Elliot and directed by Sanaa Hamri.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Some movies amaze us with their unpredictability; others charm us with their familiarity. Just Wright falls into the latter category, constructing its plot on tried-and-true romance tropes and sapping any suspense by essentially giving away the outcome in the title. Director Sanaa Hamri and screenwriter Michael Elliot make no attempts to prove they're out to reinvent the romantic comedy genre. They're simply telling a sweet Cinderella story with a contemporary twist, all while throwing basketball into the mix in a shameless bid for cross-gender appeal. Try as she might, physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) just can't find a guy who sees her as anything other than a homegirl. Pretty, compassionate, and outgoing, she's constantly being overshadowed by her stunningly beautiful best friend, Morgan (Paula Patton), who pays more attention to the athletes' wives in the stands than the action on the floor when the two women head out to a New Jersey Nets game. Morgan's lifelong dream is to marry an NBA player, and she gets her opportunity when Leslie strikes up a fast friendship with Nets superstar Scott McKnight (Common) after a chance meeting at a local gas station. Later, when McKnight suffers a career-threatening injury, jealous Morgan fires his sexy physical therapist and replaces her with Leslie. Now, the more Leslie and Scott work to get the sidelined NBA superstar back on the court, the closer they grow. When Morgan walks out on Scott unexpectedly, it's Leslie who helps him to work through his depression and inspires him to give it his all in his comeback game. Just when it seems as if Leslie's fairy-tale romance is finally becoming a reality, Morgan comes back into the picture seeking Scott's forgiveness, and it all starts to fall apart. Neither romance fans nor sports fans are likely to find anything they didn't expect in Just Wright, but those in search of a little comfort cinema could do far worse. Personable and possessing a smile that lights up the screen, Latifah is believable as both a die-hard sports fan and a compassionate physical therapist. It's easy to sympathize with her when she meets the man of her dreams, only to watch him look straight through her once Morgan enters into his line of sight. Essentially the villain of the film, Morgan is given a little extra dimension by the talented Patton, playing what essentially amounts to the polar opposite of her character in Precious with equal conviction. And though Latifah's chemistry with Common is far from combustible, Elliot's screenplay does a decent job of fleshing out their characters, and both actors exude the kind of charm that makes viewers want them to connect regardless. Inoffensive yet instantly forgettable, Just Wright may not be the slam-dunk romantic comedy that appeals to both males and females, but it does score a respectable lay-up thanks to its star appeal and unpretentious approach.

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Fox Searchlight
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Special Features

The one you can't live without; Common on the fast break; When amazing happen; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Common Scott McKnight
Queen Latifah Leslie Wright
Paula Patton Morgan
Phylicia Rashad Ella McKnight
Pam Grier Janice Wright
James Pickens Lloyd Wright
Laz Alonso Mark Matthews
Mehcad Brooks Angelo Bembrey
Michael Landes Nelson Kaspian
Dwight Howard Himself
Dwyane Wade Himself
Rashard Lewis Himself
Bobby Simmons Himself
Jalen Rose Himself
Rajon Rondo Himself
Marv Albert Himself
Michael R. Fratello Himself
Kenny Smith Himself
Stuart Scott Himself
Elton Brand Himself
Lindsay Michelle Nader Morgan's Friend
Peter Hermann Dr. Taylor
Kim Strother Bella Goldsmith
Leo Allen Paul
Richard D'Alessandro Chauffeur
Terence Blanchard Jazz Musician
Fabian Almazan Jazz Band
Ben Street Jazz Band
Kendrick Scott Jazz Band
Brély Evans Sabrina
Rupak Ginn Raj
Paolo Montalban Sommelier
Tim Walsh Himself - Nets Trainer
Rod Thorn Himself - Nets Owner
Leo Ehrline Himself - Nets Sr. VP
J.J. Thorne Himself
Allen Iaccarino Heckler #1
Joe Felix Heckler #2
Marty Krzywonos Heckler #3
Lauren Dellolio Waitress
Deborah S. Craig Maitre d'
Otis Best Rucker Park Kid
Divine Compere Rucker Park Kid
Larkey Cummings Rucker Park Kid
Gustavo Cunha Rucker Park Kid
Kedric Dines Rucker Park Kid
Corey Elvin Rucker Park Kid
Andrew Lewis Rucker Park Kid
Carter Lewis Rucker Park Kid
Michael Murry Rucker Park Kid
DeAndre Pierre Rucker Park Kid
Lance Rivera Rucker Park Kid
Iman Watson Rucker Park Kid
Elijah Wright Rucker Park Kid
Neville Page Jellfish Documentary Narrator

Technical Credits
Sanaa Hamri Director
M. Blair Breard Co-producer
Damian Canelos Sound Mixer
Oliver Cary Camera Operator
Debra Martin Chase Producer
Lisa Coleman Score Composer
Shakim Compere Producer
Michael Elliot Screenwriter
Gaylyn Fraiche Co-producer
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Melissa Kent Editor
Ai-Ling Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Nicholas Lundy Production Designer
Louise McCarthy Makeup
Wendy Melvoin Score Composer
Julia Michels Musical Direction/Supervision
Christo Morse Asst. Director
Jarrod Moses Co-producer
Robert Pyzocha Art Director
Queen Latifah Producer
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tomasina Smith Makeup
Terry Stacey Cinematographer


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Just Wright 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Just Wright is the right title for this great movie. *Great soundtrack. *Nice screen set-up. *The protagonists are very appealing. *Well developed storyline and fascinating as well. *Great acting performances by key characters and the supporting cast. *Inspirational! *Encourages viewers to "get in the game." *This is definitely great for your personal movie collection, if you enjoy this type of storyline.