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"JUST WRIGHT"
(2010) (Queen Latifah, Common) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate None Heavy Minor None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None Minor Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None Mild Heavy Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: After her god-sister dumps a pro basketball player when his career seems over, a physical therapist takes on the challenge of rehabilitating him only to find herself falling for the athlete.
PLOT:
Leslie Wright (QUEEN LATIFAH) is a physical therapist and lifelong Jersey girl who loves her work and the NBA's New Jersey Nets. Yet, unlike her gold-digger god-sister, Morgan Alexander (PAULA PATTON), who's unemployed, living in her house and trying to figure out how to land a pro basketball player as her future husband, Leslie is content just to be a fan. Thus, she's excited when she accidentally meets Nets veteran Scott McKnight (COMMON) and he invites her to his birthday party, but then laments that he has eyes for Morgan instead of her.

It's a common occurrence for Leslie, and her parents, Lloyd (JAMES PICKENS JR.) and Janice (PAM GRIER), try to boost her spirits. She's resigned, however, to the fact that this is just the way it is, where guys view her as a friend rather than romantically. And she's happy for Morgan when Scott proposes to her, even if his mom, Ella (PHYLICIA RASHAD), thinks their relationship is progressing too quickly.

When Scott blows out his knee during the all-star game and his future career seems in doubt, Morgan breaks off the engagement, despite Leslie being hired full time to rehabilitate the pro. As she does so, however, and pushes to get him back in shape in time for the playoffs, she starts to develop feelings for him, with the feeling being mutual.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're fans of anyone in the cast, romantic comedies and/or films featuring professional basketball.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some suggestive material and brief language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • QUEEN LATIFAH plays a physical therapist who loves her work and the New Jersey Nets, and thus is excited when she accidentally meets Scott. But she's disappointed, as usual, when he falls for Morgan instead of her. Even so, she's happy for Morgan and agrees to be Scott's physical therapist when he blows out his knee. She ends up unexpectedly falling for and eventually sleeping with him, and drinks some.
  • COMMON plays a professional basketball player who's loyal to his team and becomes instantly smitten with Morgan upon meeting her. They start dating, live together and become engaged, but he's devastated both when he blows out his knee during a game and then when she dumps him due to that. He drinks some and ends up falling for Leslie, his therapist, and sleeps with her. But when Morgan shows up again, he's torn about who he should be with.
  • PAULA PATTON plays Leslie's god-sister, an unemployed freeloader and gold-digger who's determined to land a professional basketball player as her future husband. When she meets Scott, she immediately sets her sights on him, including telling lies to try to impress him. It works, the two start dating (and living together) and then become engaged. But when his future career is in doubt, she breaks that off and dumps him, only to return later when she thinks that's turned around. She uses some profanity, drinks some, and nearly always wears cleavage-revealing outfits.
  • JAMES PICKENS JR. and PAM GRIER play Leslie's parents who try to be support of her being unlucky in love, with her dad also helping rebuild her fixer-upper home.
  • PHYLICIA RASHAD plays Scott's mom who thinks his relationship with Morgan is moving too quickly.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-rated romantic comedy. Profanity consists of at least 1 "s" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Some non-explicit, but sexually related dialogue is present, it's implied that an unmarried couple has sex off-screen, and varying amounts of cleavage are visible throughout the film.

    Bad attitudes are present, as is some brief tense family material and thematic elements. Drinking occurs in various scenes, and some behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's briefly some of that from press camera flashes.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, varying amounts of handheld camera work (sometimes fairly bouncy) occurs throughout the film, while there's also a spin-around, look down camera shot on a table.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Leslie's date has a drink and then the two have wine with dinner in a restaurant where others drink. He then says they should get some desert wine and there's a joke about them getting "toasted," but that doesn't occur. He also jokes about being her tiramisu "pusher."
  • Morgan has a glass of wine.
  • People have drinks (champagne, wine, cocktails) at Scott's party. He and his agent raise a champagne toast as do others, while Leslie orders some champagne, but then changes that to a double Hennessy upon seeing Morgan in manipulative action.
  • Morgan, Scott and another couple have wine on a double date.
  • People have drinks at a party.
  • Morgan orders champagne while having lunch with Leslie and her friend.
  • We see empty beer bottles on a table by Scott's bed as he sleeps.
  • Leslie has a glass of wine by her, while Scott has a beer by him as they play a game.
  • Leslie and Scott have champagne in a jazz club.
  • Morgan orders a drink in a restaurant, and it's delivered to her, but she doesn't have any.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Morgan doesn't care about being unemployed and living a freeloader existence off Leslie. She's also determined to land a pro basketball player as her future husband so that she can lead a rich and glamorous lifestyle, and thus she lies to Scott (saying she's a social volunteer and isn't looking for a relationship with a pro player as she's already done that) in hopes of attracting him.
  • After Leslie is enthusiastic at a ball game, a rival male fan tells her to "shut up."
  • Scott finds a note from Morgan where she's dumped him (for having blown out his knee, thus putting his future career in danger, along with her rich and glamorous lifestyle).
  • When Scott is once again successful on the court, Morgan returns and tries to get back into his romantic life. He falls for that, and briefly gets back with her (despite presumably having just had sex with and falling for Leslie).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scott blows out his knee (no blood) during a game, causing him great pain.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Bullsh*t," "Hodar" ("'ho" mixed with "radar"), "Hello, Denzel," "You're the bomb-dot-com," "Shut up, lady," "Shut ya'll down," "You're too fly," "Big ass house," "Have you lost your damn mind?" an incomplete "What the..?" "I suck," "I'm not one of those salad eating chicks," "O-M-G" and "Sucks."
  • Morgan doesn't care about being unemployed and living a freeloader existence off Leslie. She's also determined to land a pro basketball player as her future husband so that she can lead a rich and glamorous lifestyle.
  • Various miscellaneous basketball players have tattoos.
  • To get Scott out of both bed and his funk, Leslie throws ice on him several times.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A sultry sounding song repeats the word "insatiable," but we couldn't make out the rest of the lyrics.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "s" word, 1 ass, 1 damn, 1 hell and 12 uses of "Oh my God" (one as "O-M-G").
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Morgan shows cleavage (sometimes a lot) in nearly every outfit she wears, while Leslie shows less, but still does so in various scenes. Her mom also shows a little, while various miscellaneous characters show varying amounts (sometimes a lot).
  • When Morgan (in a sexy dress) states that women have to use the right bait to land men, Leslie puts her hands on her own clothed breasts and says she must be fishing in the wrong river.
  • We see Morgan sleeping in a top (that shows cleavage) and small shorts.
  • When Morgan mentions having kids with Scott, Leslie asks if she's pregnant (she says no) and then questions her on trying to get pregnant (Morgan and Scott live together, but we don't know either way if they're having sex).
  • A blonde and shapely physical therapist wears a tight top and small shorts while helping Scott stretch, including with her partially being on top of him (he's clothed), using her weight to help in that. The intention doesn't seem to be sexual, but the sight makes Morgan uncomfortable. She later tells Leslie that while some people have "gaydar," she has "hodar" (implying the women is a "'ho").
  • We see Morgan in a cleavage-revealing sports bra while exercising.
  • We see Scott shirtless in bed.
  • Scott does shirtless sit-ups.
  • When Scott asks why Leslie isn't dating anyone, she states she's always been the girl that guys like having around, including in high school). He then jokes about her being "that" girl (meaning sexually), but she states she was a good girl in school.
  • Scott and Leslie kiss, and we next see them in bed, under the sheets (we see his bare chest), presumably after sex.
  • We see Scott shirtless with a towel draped over his shoulders.
  • Leslie and Scott do some brief kissing.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Scott states he wouldn't know his father if he walked past him.
  • Morgan states that her mom died when Morgan was three-years-old and that her dad then left after her fifth birthday.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Women who attract men who view them as friends rather than romantic interests.
  • Morgan doesn't care about being unemployed and living a freeloader existence off Leslie. She's also determined to land a pro basketball player as her future husband so that she can lead a rich and glamorous lifestyle.
  • Scott states he wouldn't know his father if he walked past him.
  • When Scott says he doesn't know what he'd do if he couldn't play basketball, Leslie reminds him that basketball is what he does, not who he is.
  • Physical therapy.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A valet is knocked down when he tries to open Leslie's dented car door while she pushes from the inside (played for light laughs).
  • Scott blows out his knee (no blood) during a game, causing him great pain.



  • Reviewed May 10, 2010 / Posted May 14, 2010

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