Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Just Wright (2010) - Movie Marathon Drive-Thru Review: Film #5

On the Menu:

Ingredients: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Pam Grier, Phylicia Rashad, James Pickens, Jr. and some NBA stars. Directed by Sanaa Hamri. Run time: 100 minutes. Rated: PG.

At First Bite: The last Queen Latifah movie I watched was the romantic comedy LAST HOLIDAY, and I enjoyed it. So, here comes another romcom with the Queen... and basketball. It couldn't be too bad, right?

Tough to Swallow: First and foremost, Common is a musician, not an actor. He can play basketball and smile. Those appear to be his limits in the film world.

The talents of Rashad and Grier are totally wasted in this movie. So disappointing.

I find it hard to believe Patton's character would do a 180 after all the time she invested.

In the credits, the song NEXT TIME (by Common featuring Queen Latifah) is listed as NEXT TIME (Just Right Version). Really? That's just rong.

Something to Chew On: The NBA stars who show up are: Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Elton Brand, Rashard Lewis, Bobby Simmons, Jr. and Rajon Rondo.

Jalen Rose, Stuart Scott, Mike Fratello, Kenny Smith, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg and Marv Albert also make appearances.

The movie hit theaters on my 30th birthday.

Aftertaste: You can't not like Queen Latifah. Unfortunately, you can not like pretty much everything else about this movie. Well, there is some jazz in the soundtrack, which is a treat.

It's billed as a romantic comedy, but there's isn't a lot of comedy and neither of the romances really click. The story is predictable, but the ladies will love it because it's a Cinderella story. I don't think there's enough basketball to tide over the guys though. They should probably stay away.


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