Just Wright Sanaa Hamri

Just Wright Sanaa Hamri
Opening with lovelorn physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) out on a moderately pleasant date, where romantic flirtation takes a back seat to engaging conversation and a platonic connection, she finds herself again relegated to home-girl status; the girl that guys want to watch a game with but not have sex with. She has a good job though and just bought a nice fixer-upper house she repairs with father Lloyd (James Pickens Jr.), when not validating her god sister Morgan's (Paula Patton) many superficial desires and insecurities. Ostensibly, this is about as generic and familiar a set-up for romantic-comedy territory as you're going to find. It's not surprising that basketball star Scott McKnight (Common) courts and marries the younger, hotter sister despite having more of a bond with the older, but grounded and likable Leslie. They just need a hook to turn the tables a little. Well, do you remember when I mentioned that Leslie was a physical therapist? Scott McKnight suffers a career-threatening injury that requires a live-in therapist. Done. It's true, this is all completely contrived and some of the modes of character change are borderline laughable (why is it that people realize they need to run off and profess their love while in the middle of important career-based meeting or interview?). What's different about Just Wright, however, is that there is a self-awareness of these genre constraints and a substantial amount of screen time dedicated to developing sincere romantic chemistry and plausible connections between the leads. Moreover, Common's character is the one whose home feels empty and whose job less reliable, making Latifah the saviour, sweeping him away from his routine life, which is a nice spin on a genre grounded in sexist standards. The DVD includes a "Making of" supplement where they discuss how long this project has been in development hell, along with a basketball featurette with Common. A gag reel is also included, but it's brief and lame. (Fox)