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Just Wright (Blu-ray Review)

7 Sep, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 9/14/10
Romantic Comedy
Box Office $21.5 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 BD
Rated ‘PG’ for some suggestive material and brief language.
Stars Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton.

Just Wright is a Cinderella story set against an NBA backdrop. Queen Latifah stars as Leslie Wright alongside fellow hip-hop-artist-turned-actor Common, who plays New Jersey Nets star Scott McKnight.

Leslie, a physical therapist from Jersey, is smart, beautiful and charming, but her tomboyish ways always put her in the best-friend category when it comes to guys.

Her godcousin, Morgan (Paula Patton of Precious), however, is the one who attracts all the men, but her sights are set on a basketball player — any basketball player.

Leslie and Scott happen to meet each other at a gas station, and Scott invites her to his birthday party. Leslie brings Morgan along, who quickly snatches Scott away. After a knee injury benches Scott until the playoffs, Morgan hires Leslie as a live-in physical therapist. When Scott’s career seems in jeopardy, Morgan leaves him.

During his recovery, Scott ends up spending a lot of time with Leslie, and the two become close. It’s only a matter of time before Scott sees her as the “wright” woman for him.

Latifah’s role isn’t much of a stretch from her other romantic-comedy leads (think Last Holiday), which offer a totally likeable character that you can’t help but root for. Common does a fantastic job during the basketball scenes, keeping up with the big boys such as Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard.

While the film has some underlying messages — “be yourself,” “rich guys can be down-to-earth too” — they aren’t too in-your-face. Even though it’s no surprise the two would end up together, it’s a great story getting there.

Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and crew, a gag reel, which is mostly just the cast laughing, and a featurette about Common and the basketball scenes. The latter is most interesting, revealing Common’s original dream to be a basketball player and the training he underwent to be able to keep up with the real professional NBA players who were featured with him in the film.

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