It’s not all about the game in this romance. In “Just Wright” Queen Latifah stars as Leslie Wright, a knowledgeable physical therapist with a deep dedication to her Nets basketball team. Leslie is a true fan since a very young age. After meeting star player Scott McKnight (Common) at a gas station it seems fate has dealt her a winner. She is attracted to him immediately and is very excited after receiving an invitation to his birthday party. However her excitement is dashed when she brings her friend Morgan (Paula Patton) to the party with her and Scott seems more interested in Morgan, who is beautiful and very into herself. After feeding a few lies to Mr. McKnight she seems to have him hooked.
It is not long before Scott looks for Morgan and once he finds her the two are inseparable and begin a fairytale courtship that results in an engagement. Everything seems to be going Scott’s way that is until he is injured at a game and is at risk of not playing in the playoffs and possibly not getting a contract. As Morgan begins to feel her life collapsing, the one where she has everything handed to her, she calls off the engagement and leaves Scott. Meanwhile Leslie has signed up to be Scott’s in-home therapist working night and day to heal Scott’s knee and get him back on the court. Following Morgan’s abandonment of Scott, Leslie must work as hard as she can to get Scott back on track and regain his trust and dedication to becoming the star he once was.
Of course along the way Scott and Leslie begin to develop feelings for each other. As she begins to heal Scott and get him closer to that big game their relationship will be developed and tested along the way. In this game every shot counts and Scott will need to make it to ensure his career and heart are protected. Not a great love story, but an enjoyable one. I found Queen Latifah’s performance great, but found her character Leslie to be misunderstood. One minute she seems like a strong independent woman and in the end seems to have let it all go so easily. Common’s acting could use some tweaking as he seemed a little rough around the edges. “Just Wright” is close to a good romance, but its dribbling and missed shots caused it to be lackluster one for me.