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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    That it squanders a terrific cast in the process -- one that also includes Common, Phylicia Rashad and Pam Grier -- makes it all the more disappointing.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Even within the most formulaic of genres, this Cinderella tale is uncommonly predictable.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie is a rigged game of clichés and platitudes, but fans will be pleased by additional proof that Latifah is a lovable Queen but not a pampered princess.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here Common isn't called upon to do much heavy lifting in the acting department, but he plays well with Queen Latifah. Sure, the movie is a formula. A formula that works reminds us of why it became a formula.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The reason Just Wright works is simple. It finds ways to let familiar characters move around inside a familiar premise like living, breathing, likable human beings.

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OK for kids 12+

Positive messages galore in formulaic, teen-friendly romcom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy contains little that's potentially worrisome to parents, except perhaps a storyline that explores how some women set their sights on becoming involved with pro athletes and set themselves up for a life of comfort. The subject's played for laughs, but it's elevated and mocked at the same time. The movie willingly stays within the formulaic confines of the genre (including the idea that successful women are incomplete without a man), never once pushing its boundaries. Not that Queen Latifah's legions of fans, which include plenty of teens, would care; she's in nearly every frame and is as affable as ever. There's a little cussing and some drinking in social situations (usually wine), but not much more than that.

  • Families can talk about the character Leslie: Is she typical of female leads in romantic comedies? Why is it unusual to see women bigger than a size 2 in romantic comedies? Why are so many women in romantic comedies portrayed as if they're incomplete without a boyfriend? Does this movie do anything to shake up the norm in romcoms?
  • Are there really women -- and men, too -- who pursue celebrities and athletes because it'll pave the way for an easier life? Will it? In the film, does social-climbing Morgan seem sympathetic despite her goals? Why?
  • Why is it that in movies, superstar athletes are expected to be one-dimensional, caring only about their sport and bedding women? Why does this stereotype persist? Does this film shatter any of that?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There are positive messages galore, albeit ones delivered in a formulaic manner: Money isn't everything; a job doesn't define you, it's what you do for a living; beauty is, yes, more than skin deep. But some lessons are muddled. Though it's clear Leslie's status-seeking friend isn't supposed to be a role model, the film's label-flashing does tap into the audience's aspirational side. The products look so tempting.

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    Role models: Queen Latifah's character is so principled she's almost saintly. It is admirable how comfortable she is in her own skin. Her friend, Morgan, on the other hand, believes her happiness lies in becoming the wife of a rich athlete with enough money to lead a decadent life. There's no mean bone in her body, but she is calculating. And though Scott is drawn like a too-obvious Prince Charming -- a Joni Mitchell-loving, jazz piano-playing NBA point guard -- he at least adds complexity to the jock archetype.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Loud arguments between couples.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some kissing; a couple is seen under covers in bed the morning after. A woman talks a lot about snagging a pro athlete boyfriend.

  • language false2

    Language: One instance of "bulls--t." Several instances of "Oh my God."

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    Consumerism: Throughout the film, one character shops till she drops -- she name-drops constantly (Domenico Vacca, for instance) -- and is always depicted toting around shopping bags. A fair amount of label-flashing in the rest of the film, too: New Jersey Nets, Izod Stadium, Mustang.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking at parties and at restaurants.