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May 18, 2010 > Movie Review: Just Wright

Movie Review: Just Wright

By Jennifer Gau

Is there a Mr. Right out there? Sometimes it feels like us girls are waiting forever for him to come along... to open our car doors, take us to nice restaurants, and feed us warm soup. At least, that's what Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is feeling. It also does not help to have Morgan (Paula Patton), an attractive heartbreaker, as a roommate and best friend.

Morgan is motivated to be a NBA trophy wife, and Leslie is not having any luck in the dating world - guys just see her as a friend. Luckily, Leslie's career takes off and forces her dating life to shoot up with it. Her physical therapy skills land a dream job of working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common). But great opportunities come with higher risks of getting hurt. Leslie is confronted with the decision of whether she should let "the one" get away or go after what she truly deserves.

"Just Wright" is the typical romance movie. Director, Sanaa Hamri, captures the sweetness, spiciness and stubbornness in relationships. Scott McKnight acts like the total gentleman and has an instant connection with Leslie. They share a comfortable relationship but who can't get along with Queen Latifah? Her role as Leslie is closely related to her role as Georgia Byrd in "Last Holiday" (2006). Both characters feel they were dealt the wrong hand in life but try to make the best of it by keeping a strong attitude and positive outlook - someday, her dreams will come true. Common is a skilled actor, musician, and athlete. However, being good at so many things spreads him to mediocre levels.

The writer, Michael Elliot, uses a basic romance formula he had used in "Brown Sugar" (2002). Basketball brings Leslie and Scott together the same way that hip-hop brought Dre and Syd together. There are no surprises; all successful romance stories follow the same structure. It is easy to sense when a climax plateaus in the relationship and when the inevitable rut provides necessary time to reconsider feelings.

The story of "Just Wright" is unrealistic and amateurish. It's difficult to believe there was a true spark between the characters. The actors, trying to convey confusion about their true feelings throughout the movie, cancelled the authenticity of their previous actions. A good story loses purpose when there is no antagonist.

Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
Rated: PG

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