Just Wright parents guide

Just Wright Parent Guide

A sweet love story, Just Wright offers an excellent message about the most important qualities of a relationship.

Overall B+

Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a physical therapist who has never been lucky in love. Even when a chance meeting with a basketball star (Michael Landes) leads to a date, she loses the man's interest after introducing him to her roommate (Paula Patton). However, she gets another shot at romance when the athlete suffers a career-threatening injury and needs Leslie's professional skills.

Release date May 14, 2010

Violence A-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B-
Substance Use C+

Why is Just Wright rated PG? The MPAA rated Just Wright PG for some suggestive material and brief language.

Run Time: 101 minutes

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Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a nice, full figured girl who always finishes last, especially with men. A physiotherapist, she lives in the shadow of her roommate and childhood friend Morgan (Paula Patton), a petite girl who is able to light up a room with her good looks and charm.

But fate intervenes one evening when Leslie happens upon NY Nets basketball star Scott McKnight (Common) at a gas station. The “meet cute” gets her an invite to the celebrity’s birthday bash. When she invites Morgan to come with her, the husband-hunting girl excitedly tags along. Of course, the inevitable happens and soon Scott and Morgan are happily engaged whiled Leslie is left on the sidelines.

All seems a happily-ever-after tale until the famous b-baller gets hurt during an All Star game. The serious knee injury will bench Scott during the playoffs and if things don’t heal well, it could mean the end of his professional career. The only hope is serious physiotherapy and Morgan insists that Leslie is the right woman for the job. (It also helps that Leslie doesn’t look like the sexy little blonde therapist the team has sent over to Scott’s home.) Still, even with hard work, the stubborn injury persists. When the media begins rumoring Scott’s days on the court may have come to an end, Morgan reveals her true intentions and selfishly admits being married to a has-been isn’t in her plans.

Of course this leaves things wide open for Leslie, who has taken a leave of absence from her regular job so she can be a resident therapist in the mansion with Scott and his mother (Phylicia Rashad). Although we have a good idea of how things will work out in the end, screenwriter Michael Elliot knows how to pace a romance and offers these characters an adequate amount of time to get to know each other and build some real chemistry between them.

Possible concerns for parents include seeing a couple in bed (bare backs and shoulders are seen), implied sexual activity and a mild moment of innuendo. Language consists of a scatological term and a handful of mild profanities, however terms of deity are frequently heard.

A sweet love story that focuses on our protagonist’s enduring love and concern for a man she doesn’t feel she’s good enough for, Just Wright offers an excellent message about the most important qualities of a relationship. Unfortunately characters still put sex before marriage, yet Scott’s recovery, Leslie’s sacrifice and Morgan’s development are the real substance of the story. And that could make this choice just right for someone in your family who is yearning for a romantic night at the movies.

Directed by Sanaa Hamri. Starring Queen Latifah, Common, Michael Landes, Paula Patton. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release May 14, 2010. Updated

Just Wright
Rating & Content Info

Why is Just Wright rated PG? Just Wright is rated PG by the MPAA for some suggestive material and brief language.

As this romance between a physiotherapist and a basketball star unfolds, there are numerous depictions of drinking at parties, pubs and social occasions. A depressed character is shown alone in a room with several empty alcohol bottles. A couple lives together before marriage, and unwed pregnancy is briefly discussed. A few mild sexual references and innuendo are heard. A man and woman engage in a sexual relationship (they are in bed together and bare backs and shoulders are seen). Embracing and kissing are also portrayed. A sexy physiotherapist wearing very short shorts works with a client in a sensual way. Infrequent mild and moderate profanities are used, along with frequent terms of deity. A woman adjusts her breasts when talking about bait to catch men. A sports injury is shown (no blood or details), as well as rigorous therapeutic exercises.

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More parents' guide for Just Wright after the break...

Just Wright Parents' Guide

What is the unspoken, but obvious reason men see Leslie as a buddy rather than a possible girlfriend? What is it Morgan has that makes her dates overlook her personality flaws?

Leslie’s claims that she "ain’t no salad eating girl," while Morgan confesses she never eats in public. How do these statements sum up the image each woman presents? Although Leslie often seems self-conscious and Morgan usually appears confident, which of the two of them do you think is really the most comfortable in her own skin?

Why does Leslie say nothing when Morgan walks away with the man she’s in love with? Is she being a victim or a true friend? If you were in her shoes, what would you do?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Just Wright movie is September 14, 2010. Here are some details…

Just Wright releases to Home Video on September 24, 2010. The Single-Disc DVD offers the following bonus extras:

-Featurettes: The One You Can’t Live Without and Common on the Fast Break

- Gag Reel

Just Wright on Blu-ray (with Digital Copy) includes:

- Featurettes: The One You Can’t Live Without, Common on the Fast Break and When Amazing Happens.

- Gag Reel

- Live Extras: What’s New

- Digital Copy of the feature film

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Queen Latifah can also be seen in Last Holiday (playing another ugly duckling character) and in the role of mentor in The Secret Life of Bees. The sport of basketball is a backdrop for the movies Like Mike, Rebound and Hoosiers.