Just Wright

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Just Wright
Just Wright poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Produced by
Written by Michael Elliot
Music by Lisa Coleman
Wendy Melvoin
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Melissa Kent
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $21,570,263[1]

Just Wright is a 2010 American romantic comedy film starring Queen Latifah and Common that tells the story of a physical therapist who falls in love with a professional basketball player. The film received mixed reviews from critics.


Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) is a straight-shooting physical therapist and die-hard basketball fan who is tired of being a guy's best friend or as Morgan called her the "homegirl" type. She and her god-sister, Morgan (Paula Patton), are living together; Morgan dreams of becoming a NBA trophy wife.

After a New Jersey Nets basketball game, Leslie helps star player Scott McKnight (Common), at a gas station. He offers to open her door for her, but the task proves difficult as the door to her old car is stiff and hard to open. She has a dent in the side of her door that she refuses to get fixed because her grandfather gave her the car and he had a dimple in his left cheek just like the car. He invites her to his birthday party, where she shows up with Morgan. He meets Morgan and suddenly takes an interest in her. After a quick relationship, Scott proposes to her.

At the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, Scott suffers an injury that could possibly ruin his career (along with the rumor explained below). Morgan suggests that he enlist the help of Leslie, since she did not approve of his previous gorgeous physical therapist, so Leslie moves into their home. Rumors circle that Scott's career would end quickly if he did not recover by the playoffs, which causes Morgan to leave Scott through a letter.

Scott becomes extremely upset, discouraged to continue recovery. Leslie encourages him and helps him get back in the game, the two of them spending a lot of time together. Scott is able to return to the NBA right before the playoffs, winning his first game back. Leslie and Scott decide to spend a romantic evening together, but Leslie wakes up to Morgan at Scott's door hoping to reconcile. Leslie quickly moves out as Scott and Morgan reunite. Because Leslie helped Scott recover in such a short amount of time, many teams offered her the position as an athletic trainer. Most likely to make the Sixers her new team, Scott quickly stops her when he realizes that he is in love with her. They are shown a year later, with Leslie working as one of the Nets team athletic trainers and she and Scott are now married.



Just Wright received mixed reviews from movie critics. The film's rating on Rotten Tomatoes was 45 percent as of 7 March 2012.[2] Conversely, Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of 4.[3]

The film debuted at #4 behind Iron Man 2, Robin Hood and Letters to Juliet with $8,284,989 million on its opening weekend. Just Wright grossed $21,540,363 million domestically and $29,900 globally to a total of $21,570,263 million worldwide. The film stayed in theaters 47 days, the equivalent of 6.7 weeks.[4]


Year Award Category Recipients Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Romantic Comedy Sanaa Hamri Nominated
Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy Queen Latifah Nominated
2011 Black Reel Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Sanaa Hamri Nominated
Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original Michael Elliot Nominated
Best Actress Queen Latifah Nominated
Best Original or Adapted Song "Champion" Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Motion Picture Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) Michael Elliot Won
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Queen Latifah Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Common Nominated

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  1. ^ Staff (1997–2012). "Just Wright". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Just Wright (2010)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Just Wright". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff (5 August 2010). "Just Wright". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 

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