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Juwanna Mann (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 June 2002 (USA)
A basketball star is booted out of the NBA when his on-court antics go too far, so he poses as a woman and joins the WUBA.

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Juwanna Mann follows the story of Jamal Jeffries, the reigning 'bad boy' of basketball, whose undisciplined on-court antics land him out of the league and without any prospects. Financially strapped and untrained in anything but basketball, Jamal comes up with a plan so outrageous it just might work: dress up like a woman and try out for the woman's basketball league. To his surprise, he makes it, but now the real challenge begins - to cease being Jamal and start new life as Juwanna. Matters become even more complicated when Juwanna realizes that he is falling for his teammate Michelle, who shows him that there is more to women than meets the eye. Written by <gsm1224@ix.netcom.com>

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The only way he can stay pro, is to play (like) a girl.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »
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21 June 2002 (USA)  »

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C-kosár  »

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$15,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,474,270, 23 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,571,817, 1 September 2002
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Kevin Pollak has said that when he signed on to the film, Will Smith was set to star. See more »

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When they are playing cards and one of the ladies pulls off her beige bra you can see she is still wearing a white bra. See more »

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Puff Smokey Smoke: [to Juwanna] You are one tall glass of water and I'm thirsty.
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Referenced in South Park: Marjorine (2005) See more »

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Written by L.T. Hutton & Broderick Phillips
Performed by Broderick Phillips
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Record Company, Inc.
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Camp Sports Movie--Superb but Raw Idea
16 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

The material, gender-twisted camp sports movie, is astonishing, but may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to realize well. A major problem of Juwanna Mann is that unwisely blended fantasy and reality lead the audience to an absurd confusion. If it took place in a perfectly fictitious setting, it could be more persuasive. But the setting obviously refers to the NBA and the WNBA in the real world, and even an average fan can tell what is described in the film is far different from the reality. Also, a moral-learning in coming-of-age manner of a pro star athlete with an arrested development seems forcedly contrived and looks unnatural. Finally, as an enthusiastic WNBA fan myself, I don't appreciate the filmmakers' lack of knowledge in and respect to women's sports.

Overall, the film is all about the superb but raw idea, which is not executed well.


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