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Blu-Ray Review: Queen Latifah, Common Charm in Romantic ‘Just Wright’

27 September 2010 12:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Romantic movies thrive on cliches in the same way that slasher movies need a body count and musicals need a bit of song and dance. Success or failure is all in the execution of the known commodity of cliche. With actors as charismatic as Queen Latifah and Common in the lead roles, it’s easy to overlook said commodity in the relatively-charming “Just Wright,” now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

Likable leads go an awfully long way for me in the world of the romantic dramedy. So much of their success comes down to if I actually want to see the two leads find happiness together; something that’s shockingly rare in the filmographies of regular romantic stars like Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, etc.. From the minute that Queen Latifah and Common share a scene together in this relatively light romantic tale, their combined »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film review: Just Wright

16 September 2010 2:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Queen Latifah stars in an easygoing romcom with a surfeit of sentiment. By Peter Bradshaw

Easy-going and sweet-natured, this "romantic sports comedy" finally dissolves into a gooey mess of over-cooked comfort food. Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, the physical therapist with a passion for basketball. Her super-hot roommate Morgan, played by Paula Patton (the inspirational teacher in Precious) is keen to be what we Brits might call a Wag: she's fixing to snag a basketball player as a husband, and both have a crush on NBA heavyweight Scott McKnight, played by hip-hop star Common (aka Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jr). Scott is dazzled by the beautiful Morgan; they get engaged, but when he picks up a serious injury, it is the entrancingly homely Leslie who has to massage him back to health, and Scott finds himself falling for her instead. It's a nice romantic triangle, but can't quite make up its »

- Peter Bradshaw

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6 Hottest Actors as Athletes on Film

15 September 2010 3:10 PM, PDT | Essence | See recent Essence news »

There's nothing like a hot man in a jersey. When eye candy rapper-turned-actor Common hit the court to play injured basketball star Scott McKnight in "Just Wright," you know we were watching. If you missed it or need to see it again, the movie is now out on DVD. Thinking of Common shooting hoops got us to daydreaming about five other sexy actors who've played athletes. Tell us which one is your favorite. »

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Just Wright Blu-ray Giveaway (5 total)

15 September 2010 6:46 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Now available from Fox Home Entertainment is the basketball romance Just Wright starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, and a host of NBA stars including Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

To coincide with Just Wright's Blu-ray and DVD debut, we've teamed up with Fox to offer five of you the chance to take home a copy of Just Wright on Blu-ray. For a chance to win, please fill out and submit the entry form below. You can increase the odds of being chosen any or every day you return to enter again. Good luck!

A romantic sports film starring three of Hollywood's most charismatic personalities, Just Wright follows Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah; The Secret Life of Bees), a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common; Date Night). Everything is going great until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott. »

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Trailer: Just Wright

24 August 2010 1:33 PM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the trailer for Just Wright, directed by Sanaa Hamri and starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier, Laz Alonso, Mehcad Brooks, Michael Landes, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Rashard Lewis, Bobby Simmons Jr., Jalen Rose and Rajon Rondo. Just Wright stars Queen Latifah (Bringing Down The House) as Leslie Wright, a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the dream job of working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (CommonDate Night). All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig of a lifetime and the tug-of-war inside her heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie's gorgeous childhood friend Morgan (Paula PattonPrecious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. »

- Dan Higgins

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Just Wright Scores on DVD and Blu-ray on September 14th

1 July 2010 1:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home Queen Latifah's new sports-themed romantic film on both DVD and Blu-ray this September. Just Wright will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray on September 14. The standard DVD will be priced at $29.98 Srp, the Blu-ray will be priced at $39.99 Srp and you can take a look at the cover art for both releases below. The film stars Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton.

A romantic sports film starring three of Hollywood's most charismatic personalities, Just Wright follows Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah), a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common). Everything is going great until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to Leslie's gorgeous childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to play the role »

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Just Wright DVD/Blu-ray Release Date Announced

30 June 2010 11:40 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Just Wright (starring Queen Latifah and Common) is coming to Blu-ray and DVD September 14, 2010. About Just Wright: A romantic sports film starring three of Hollywood’s most charismatic personalities, Just Wright follows Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah; The Secret Life of Bees), a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (Common; Date Night). Everything is going great until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to Leslie’s gorgeous childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton; Precious), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to play the role of “best friend” forever or will Scott finally see that what he has always wanted is right in front of him? Buy Just Wright DVD Buy Just Wright Blu-ray Blu-ray With Digital Copy Special Features: Disc One •The One You »

- Buzzfocus Staff

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He Isn't Playing BA Baracus, But Common is 'Just Wright' as NBA Star

27 May 2010 9:02 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

It was 1984 and Michael Jordan had been selected by the Bulls for the NBA Draft. Common (born Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr.) was twelve years old and had been chosen to be a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, he dreamed of playing for the Bulls and a NBA career from as early as the age of eight. An injury to the cornea of his eye benched him. He turned to music.

The reception of Common’s debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar? was overshadowed by the huge success of his second outing, Resurrection, featuring the hit "I Used to Love H.E.R." His eighth album, Universal Mind Control, hit shelves back in 2008. His next album, The Believer, is expected later this year.

Even while his stature in the world of hip-hop grew, Common turned his attention to the silver screen, »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Chicago Passes to ‘Just Wright’ With Queen Latifah, Common

24 May 2010 10:22 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest romantic sports comedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Just Wright” with Queen Latifah and Common! The film opened on May 14, 2010. These passes are valid at participating Chicago movie theaters during the film’s run.

The film also stars Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier, Laz Alonso, Mehcad Brooks, Michael Landes, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Rashard Lewis, Bobby Simmons Jr., Jalen Rose and Rajon Rondo from director Sanaa Hamri and writer Michael Elliot.

To win your free “Just Wright” movie pass, all you need to do is answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Just Wright” with Queen Latifah and Common.

Image credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton Are Just Short of ‘Just Wright’

16 May 2010 12:27 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Queen Latifah and the rapper Common put an interesting and necessary twist on the romantic comedy genre, but still cannot help but fall back on the recurring rom-com clichés that eventually undermines the new film “Just Wright.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Common is NBA superstar Scott McKnight, guiding the New Jersey Nets towards the playoffs. Queen Latifah is Leslie Wright (as in “Just…), a physical therapist and rabid Nets who just happens to “meet cute” Scott at a gas station after a game. This leads to an invitation to his birthday party – happens all the time – and Leslie brings her best friend Morgan (Paula Patton) to the celebration.

Morgan has made it her quest to marry an NBA player. She sees her opportunity in McKnight at his party and makes her move, leaving Leslie in the lurch. Scott and Morgan’s relationship blossoms, all the way to engagement, but a wrench is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Just Wright

14 May 2010 3:28 PM, PDT | Movie City News | See recent Movie City News news »

The big news here though is that Queen Latifah, under the tutelage of director Sanaa Hanri, here assays her first major super-romantic lead role. She plays Leslie Wright, a primo New Jersey Net fan and ace physical therapist whose unreasonably gorgeous best friend Morgan Alexander (Paula Patton), steals away Nets superstar guard Scott McKnight (played by rapper Common, the artist once known as “Common Sense“), and then dumps him before the wedding after he tears up his knee. »

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‘Just Wright’: Review Revue

14 May 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

In "Just Wright," Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a physical therapist who shares a love of basketball with her friend Morgan (Paula Patton). Morgan, however, is more focused on the players than the game, so when both ladies attend a birthday for NBA star Scott McKnight (Common), guess which one flaunts herself to land the famous b-baller? And after McKnight is injured, guess which one nurses him back to health?

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'Just Wright' review. Is really just… there.

14 May 2010 2:55 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Total rating for "Just Wright" - 2 out of 5 stars. This movie isn’t too hard. It isn’t too soft. But something about Just Wright isn’t right either. The drama is never intense enough to have you concerned about the characters. It’s never funny enough to be considered a romantic comedy. Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a physical therapist who’s working on fixing up her house. She takes in her knockout godsister (Paula Patton), who doesn’t have a job but has a goal: marry a pro basketball player. Leslie likes basketball too, but she’s a fan of the game, not the bling. They go to a Nets game, befriend star player Scott McKnight (Common) and get invited to his birthday party. One gets involved with Scott. Guess which one? The other one is the woman it’s obvious he should be with. Guess which one? »

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Just Wright

14 May 2010 1:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Just Wright

Directed by: Sanaa Hamri

Cast: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton

Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: May 14, 2010

Plot: A physical therapist named Leslie (Latifah) just can’t find the right man. When Leslie’s god-sister’s boyfriend (Common) gets injured, she tries to nurse him back onto the court and ends up falling for him.

Who’S It For? Women who have felt like they are on the sidelines while every other girl gets picked to dance. As for fans of Common’s music, they might not want to see this side of him.

Expectations: I love basketball, so while a Queen Latifah romance didn’t get me excited, I was curious to see how they would portray an NBA superstar who gets injured and needs a comeback.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright: Leslie just can’t find a man. She’s looking, »

- Jeff Bayer

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NBA Movies: Where Amazing Rarely Happens

13 May 2010 11:18 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The New Jersey Nets finished the 2009-2010 NBA season with a record of 12 wins and 70 losses, good enough -- well, bad enough -- to rank them amongst the worst teams in league history. The New Jersey Nets of the new film "Just Wright," on the other hand, are playoff contenders, thanks to the play of their star point guard Scott McKnight (Common). In other words, "Just Wright" is a ludicrous fiction, which puts it squarely in the dubious tradition of films set in and around the National Basketball Association. Movies about the NBA are, at best, wildly unfaithful to the realities of the pro game and, at worst, strange concoctions of mediocre hoops and outlandish and sometimes downright bizarre storylines. While we patiently wait for someone to make the "Slap Shot" of pro basketball -- or at least release the long-unavailable "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" on DVD -- let's »

- Matt Singer

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Movie review: 'Just Wright'

13 May 2010 9:22 PM, PDT | Tampa Film Examiner | See recent Tampa Film Examiner news »

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Besides the blatant lie portraying the New Jersey Nets playing in front of a sell-out crowd, Just Wright ends up being a nice little movie.  What is billed as yet another romantic comedy, the 111 minute feature was relatively easy to get through.  There were times it did feel tedious.  Much like some aspects of physical therapy one must go through to reach the end result.  Hopefully, all the hard-work and trivial tasks payoff.

Scott McKnight (Common) is one of the top players in the NBA.  He's in a contract year with the New Jersey Nets and if he continues to play well, he hopes the team will re-sign him for the long-term.  Then a freak injury occurs at the All-Star game of all places.  McKnight's playing days are a huge question mark with the organization and the media.  Right before the injury he jumped into »

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Beauty Queen

12 May 2010 1:03 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It's only fitting that Queen Latifah's namesake chess piece is the one that can move in any direction. There's hardly a title this Queen doesn't own: rapper, actor, producer, and the author of two books, including the just-released "Put on Your Crown," a tome on self-esteem that falls somewhere between biography and self-help book. Born Dana Owens, Latifah was a teenager when she won raves for her 1989 debut album "All Hail the Queen," in which she announced her arrival with, "A woman can bear you, break you, take you/Now it's time to rhyme, can you relate to/A sister dope enough to make you holler and scream."Latifah soon transitioned into acting with a turn in Spike Lee's 1992 film "Jungle Fever." Eager to see a wider range of women represented on television, she co-created and starred in the comedy "Living Single," which ran for five seasons on Fox. »

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New screening added for 'Just Wright' for Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky!

7 May 2010 1:18 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Win tickets to see Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Just Wright" starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier and James Pickens, Jr. This contest is First-come-first-served so snag your passes quickly! See below. The film opens May 14th via Fox Searchlight Pictures. "Just Wright" stars Queen Latifah (Bringing Down The House, Valentine's Day) as Leslie Wright, a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (CommonDate Night). All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig of a lifetime and the tug-of-war inside her heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie’s gorgeous childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton - Precious), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. Is Leslie destined to play the role of “best friend” »

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Screening added! See 'Just Wright' - N & S. Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama

4 May 2010 3:04 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Win tickets to see Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Just Wright" starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier and James Pickens, Jr. The promotional screening will take place on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:30pm at the following locations: •Nashville, Tennessee •Knoxville, Tennessee •Raleigh, North Carolina •Charlotte, North Carolina •Columbia, South Carolina •Birgmingham, Alabama "Just Wright" stars Queen Latifah (Bringing Down The House, Valentine's Day) as Leslie Wright, a straight-shooting physical therapist who gets the gig of a lifetime working with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight (CommonDate Night). All is going well until Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, forcing her to choose between the gig of a lifetime and the tug-of-war inside her heart. Oblivious to her romantic overtures, McKnight is instead drawn to the affections of Leslie’s gorgeous childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton - Precious), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife. »

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Common Talks Becoming A Leading Man In 'Just Wright'

3 May 2010 11:20 PM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'I always had a vision of me being a leading man,' Mc says of his acting aspirations.

By Jayson Rodriguez

Common

Photo: MTV News

Common made strides in the music industry to go from prodigious Mc to Grammy-winning star and now the Chicago native is hoping to make a similar breakthrough as an actor in "Just Wright," the romantic comedy produced by Queen Latifah. The role finds Common serving as a leading man, a first for him in his brief time as a thespian.

According to Common, he immediately realized the difference between being a marquee player versus the supporting roles he usually helmed, which allowed him enough down time drop albums in consecutive years, 2007's Finding Forever and 2008's Universal Mind Control.

"When you're in a leading role you're pretty much working every day; every day you gotta be on your game," he told MTV News. "So there's pressures, »

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