Movie Reviews: Juwanna Mann




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     Warner Bros. (90 min.)
     An outrageous NBA star gets kicked off the court when his antics finally go too far.
     Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Pollak
Bottom Line:


I think I solved the mystery of why Warner Bros. kept "Juwanna Mann," the unimaginative farce about an arrogant ousted pro basketball player who masquerades as a woman to join an all-female league, in the vault for two years.

No, it had nothing to do with terrorists.

Good guess.

The sad fact is, "Juwanna Mann" just isn’t funny.

Even the basketball action isn’t exciting. And "Juwanna Mann’s" outtakes — the flubs left of the cutting room floor that are inserted with the credits to save a bad movie— aren't funny either.

Look, I’m going to try to make this quick and painless. As painless as sitting through another "Tootsie" retread can be.

The problem with most of these "men in drag" movies, is that they’re usually a "drag."

"Juwanna Mann," a four step, Hollywood cookie-cutter movie, plugged into a tired formula, is no different.

Step one: Arrogant NBA baller Jamal Jeffries (Miguel A. Nunez Jr.) is suspended for stripping down to his jock strap and taunting fans during a game.

Step two: Jeffries invents a character named Juwanna Mann who gets a tryout with the fictional WNBA Charlotte Banshees.

Step three: Jeffries becomes a star in the women’s league, falls for teammate Michelle Langford (Vivica A. Fox) and discovers what a jerk he’s been all these years.

Step four: Jeffries is unmasked and gives an insincere apology to Michelle - who immediately buys it. The credits roll and you’re watching godawful outtakes of the cast laughing all the way to the bank, because you’re stuck with an $8 ticket stub and a half eaten box of overpriced popcorn.

Warner Bros. should have suspended "Juwanna Mann’s" writers and producers from the studio lot, instead of Jamal Jeffries. That would have made a more interesting film.



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