Monday 11 December 2017

Movies: Just Wright * *

(PG,General Release)

Queen Latifah (centre) is the Wright choice
Queen Latifah (centre) is the Wright choice

Paul Whitington

In a perfect world, the wives and girlfriends of highly paid sportsmen would not be uniformly stick-thin, brainless nimrods, but real, vibrant, flesh-and-blood females of all sizes and shapes.

This is the fantasy world inhabited by Just Wright, a frothy, all-black romcom in which Queen Latifah (current patron saint of the fuller-figured female) stars as a wistfully single New Jersey woman.

Leslie Wright is a kind and straight-shooting physical therapist, who has just bought her own home and seems resigned to the idea that she won't be sharing it with a man any time soon.

But she is sharing it with her lazy but very beautiful friend Morgan (Paula Patton), who is 'between jobs' and devoting all of her energies to landing and marrying an NBA basketball star.

Her luck seems in when Leslie meets New Jersey Nets star Scott McKnight (played by rap star Common), and she and Morgan get invited to his birthday party. Scott is predictably smitten by Morgan, and Leslie watches sadly from the sidelines as the pair get engaged. But when Scott gets injured and his career is threatened, Morgan swiftly loses interest, and it's Leslie who nurses him back to health.

Will they get it on? What do you think? Yes, Just Wright offers lots of schmaltz and few surprises during its 100-odd minutes, but it's perfectly watchable, largely thanks to the likeability of Queen Latifah, who grounds the film with her easy charm.

Irish Independent

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