In the next few weeks, the movie Just Wright starring Common, Queen Latifah, and Paula Patton will be hitting your local theaters. It’s a story about an NBA All-star who is dating a beautiful chick (Patton) who drops him when he gets hurt and ends up falling for his physical therapist (All hail the Queen) while she rehabs him back into shape and the chick that dropped him shows back up and I assume that he must choose and they fight and lots of Black people get acting jobs that don’t include a check from Tyler Perry.
At least that’s my take based on the trailer and promo campaign. And yes, Virginia, you have seen this movie before in some various format; it just had a different title. It looks to be a fairly good movie aside from the sheer unbelievability of Common as an NBA All-Star, much less an actual basketball player. No dis to Com Sense, but he doesn’t even look remotely athletic to me, but perhaps I’ll be wrong. Though I’m oft amazed at the people they cast in sports roles without any real athletic ability. That’s why I appreciated Duane Martin in say, Above The Rim, because he could actually play, and you could tell as opposed to say, Fredro Starr, in Sunset Park.
Anyway, I’ve yet to see the movie so I can’t really comment on it being good, bad, or ugly. No Kanye. But I have had a few conversations with various women about the possibility of Common’s character falling in love with Queen Latifah’s character and to me, it makes perfect sense.
Quick sidenote: Casting Queen Latifah as the unlikely catch is usually puzzling for me. It’s more based on her being bigger (and she’s not even THAT big) than it is on her being unattractive or anything. For the record, I don’t think she’s ugly at all. Put Precious in that role and NOW you have a real underdog story.
Perfect sense. That’s what it made to me. And that’s for a very simple reason: all you need to fall for somebody is time and opportunity. That’s it. It’s the very reason so many women end up dating really unfortunate faced funny guys. The dude charmed the pants of them. Literally. It’s also the reason, subconsciously, why women shoo so many guys away from them quickly. It takes literal seconds to say something to make somebody smile. And once you make a woman smile she’ll give you the chance again and again and again until she’s smiling in the kitchen making you pancakes wearing only an apron…and a smile.
Time (keeps on slippin) and opportunity. Nas needed one mic. Men (and women really) just need time and opportunity. In this movie, Common and Queen La are working together out of necessity. He needs a therapist and she’s one. They are forced to interact. They will spend enough time around eachother to discover something that makes them go hmmmmmmm (no Freedom). Even the most unfortunate faced of us could be charming enough to make a really attractive person consider you as a partner. Please not the “consider” in italics. Let’s face it, a lot of us would talk ourselves right out of dating a Mudduck McGooface really quickly but we’d be shaken because we were even interested in the first place.
Common and Latifah is TOTALLY believable because they had a chance to really get to know one another with no pressure. Neither was looking for more in each other so all communication and dealings were honest – the cornerstone of a real relationship.
Or at least until a fine humdinger of a woman shows back up. But I won’t let a simple thing like that ruin my main point here.
And what’s that?
If you look like f*ck, you should work in the service industry to maximize interactions with people. The more people you deal with the better your chances of snagging somebody.
It was written.
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3