Just Wright is a 2010 romantic comedy film starring Queen Latifah and Common. The film was shot on location in New York City. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the locations featured in the film.
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The film’s setting: Newark, New Jersey
The film Just Wright was filmed on location in Newark, New Jersey. The film is set in the city, and much of the movie was shot on location in various neighborhoods. Some of the locations used in the film include:
The downtown area and business district were used for scenes set in the city. Various scenes were also shot in local parks and on local streets.
The film’s production team worked with the City of Newark to ensure that the film represented the city in a positive light. The director, Sanaa Hamri, visited Newark before filming began to get a feel for the city and to meet with local residents.
The film’s basketball scenes
Just Wright was filmed on location in some of New York and New Jersey’s most well-known landmarks, including Madison Square Garden, the home of the New York Knicks. Other iconic locations used in the film include the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Times Square.
The film’s love story
Just Wright is a 2010 American romantic sports comedy-drama film directed by Sanaa Hamri and written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa. The film stars Queen Latifah,Common, Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr., Julie Benz and Affion Crockett. The film was released on May 14, 2010.
Just Wright follows the story of Leslie Wright (played by Queen Latifah), a physical therapist from Brooklyn who falls in love with professional basketball player Scott McKnight (played by Common). After an injury sidelines Scott, Leslie is hired to help him recover–and sparks begin to fly between the two. Although the film takes some liberties with the NBA (such as having a black head coach in a league that was overwhelmingly white at the time), it’s clear that the filmmakers did their homework when it came to basketball. Most of the scenes in Just Wright were filmed on location in various parts of Brooklyn and New York City.
The film’s fashion
In addition to its romantic and comedic elements, Just Wright also features some impressive fashion. The film’s costume designer, Ann Roth, is a two-time Academy Award winner whose skills are on full display in this movie. From the glamorous red carpet looks worn by Leslie Wright ( Queen Latifah) to the basketball jerseys and streetwear worn by Scott McKnight (Common), the clothing in Just Wright helps to set the tone and mood of the film.
Roth was especially careful when choosing the pieces for Leslie’s red carpet looks. “For these moments, I wanted her to look like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn,” Roth said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I wanted her to have a classic elegance about her.” Indeed, Leslie’s red carpet looks are both elegant and stylish, perfectly conveying her character’s confidence and sense of self-worth.
Scott’s basketball jerseys and streetwear, on the other hand, convey his character’s more relaxed and down-to-earth personality. As Roth explained in the same interview, “I wanted Scott to look like a real guy who would wear sneakers and a baseball cap.” This casual style is in stark contrast to Leslie’s more formal looks, but it works well for the film’s purposes.
The film’s soundtrack
The film’s soundtrack was released on May 11, 2010, by Jive Records. It features R&B and hip hop music.
The film’s cast
The film stars Sanaa Lathan as Leslie Wright, a physical therapist who falls in love with a professional basketball player, Scott McKnight, played by Common. Leslie is employed to help Scott recover from a career-threatening injury. The film also features Pam Grier as Leslie’s grandmother, Ella Sheppard.
The film’s director
Just Wright was directed by Sanaa Hamri, who is known for her work on television shows like Sister, Sister and The Game, as well as the films The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Something New.
The film’s producer
The film’s producer, Julia Wright, talks about the movie’s locations.
Julia Wright, producer of the film Just Wright, is no stranger to New Jersey. In fact, she grew up in the state and filmed her latest project here as well. We caught up with Julia to talk about what it was like filming in New Jersey and to get some behind-the-scenes information on some of the movie’s locations.
Just Wright was filmed primarily in Essex and Union counties. Julia told us that they tried to film as much as possible in Newark, which is where the story is set. “Newark is such a vibrant city with so much history,” she said. “We wanted to capture that on film.”
Some of the other locations used in the film include the Newark Museum, Branch Brook Park, and Weequahic Park. Julia says that they also filmed some scenes in New York City, but that most of the movie was shot in Newark and its surrounding areas.
“We wanted to make sure that we captured the feeling of Newark and its people,” Julia said. “I think we did a pretty good job.”
The film’s release
The film was released on May 14, 2010, grossing over $61 million worldwide.
The film’s reception
The film’s reception was generally positive. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 63% based on 162 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site’s consensus reads: “A formulaic sports romantic comedy, Just Wright will score points with lead performances from Queen Latifah and Common, but it ultimately fumbles the ball.” On Metacritic the film has a 61 out of 100 rating based on 31 critics, signifying “generally favorable reviews”. Movieline wrote that the film “left me uplifted in a way most romantic comedies only dream of these days.” Variety said that the film was a “charming romantic comedy” and that it was “impossible not to root for these two likable leads.”