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Juwanna Mann

Taking off his clothes in a fit of rage during a major televised game was reason alone to have Jamal Jeffries banned from playing basketball anymore. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 91
Theater Release: 20 Jun 2002
Video Release: 18 Nov 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Taking off his clothes in a fit of rage during a major televised game was reason alone to have Jamal Jeffries (Miguel A. N0xFA0xF1ez Jr.) banned from playing basketball anymore. His huge house, stable of cars, and penchant for throwing wild and expensive parties were a direct result of the boastful athlete's belief that he was basketball's greatest gift. Now faced with bankruptcy and a true desire to play the game he loves, the desperate Jamal comes up with an idea that even his scheming agent couldn't match: Dress as a woman and join the female league.

Sporting a whole new doo, a few other essential body parts, and the moniker of Juwanna Mann, Jamal easily impresses the coach of the local women's team. But joining the fairer sex presents an even greater hurdle as he/she tries to bench his/her grandstanding style and learn to work with the other players. Off the court, Jamal finds himself increasingly attracted to "fellow" teammate Michelle (Vivica A. Fox), with whom he must frequently share hotel rooms. Besides an impending romance and an opportunity to take the girls' team to victory, Jamal is faced with the difficult decision of seizes a chance to return to the male league or continuing his deception.

The cross-dressing theme of this movie provides the main source of humor, especially as Jamal enjoys the intimate access he has with the female players. Fortunately he decides to wear his uniform in the showers--claiming it's a superstitious tradition after winning a game-and the rest of the girls soon follow suit. But while parents will be thankful for the clothing coverage in the locker room, they may feel a penalty is in order due to the league of profanities (including sexual expletives), near-constant innuendo, and crass humor throughout the script.

Aside from Jamal's ridiculous antics and often-unbelievable ploy, the film offers a positive message about selfishness and provides insight on how men approach women. Yet the many content fouls might leave you banning Juwanna Mann from playing in your family.

Juwanna Mann is rated PG-13:

Cast: Miguel A. Nez Jr., Vivica A. Fox
Website: Official site for Juwanna Mann.

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