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‘Juwanna Mann’ scores with laughs in comedy about women’s basketball

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Hitting screens with roaring laughter, “Juwanna Mann” opened earlier this month.

The movie stars Miguel A. Nunez Jr., who plays Jamal Jeffries, an all-star basketball player with a bit of an ego problem. Although Jamal has squeezed by the punishment of the NBA board, he goes too far when he lets his temper get the best of him. He soon finds himself in a heap of trouble when he becomes unemployed.

He concocts a scheme to pose as a woman to play in the women’s NBA and runs into all kinds of problems. So what does a big basketball star like Jamal do after that? Well, you’ll have to pay the $6 to see the movie.

The rest of the cast included Vivica A. Fox, who played Michelle Langford, a noted woman basketball player, and Tommy Davidson, who played a striving ghetto rapper called Puff Smokey Smoke.

The movie is jampacked with other celebrities such as Lil’ Kim, Ginuwine, Anne Corley and even Kim Wayans. They all eventually meet the infamous Juwanna Mann. Some fall in love with him, while others discover a new “girlfriend” to tell all their problems to. But overall, the cast functions well together, bringing a nice mix of color onto the screen.

This is the kind of movie that a teen might go to on a first date, or worn-out parents might go to see just to get away and laugh. It is a movie for all ages aside from one questionable scene. The young and fun atmosphere of the movie makes the whole thing such an enjoyable experience. It’s almost as if you leave the theater feeling about five pounds lighter because you laughed the whole time.

Although the movie is filled with comedy, it finds time to add a little life lesson or two. For example, Michelle finds that all good-looking brothers aren’t always doing good things.

But on a more serious note, she learns that it is OK to be alone, and at the same time feel good about herself. This movie also is an encouragement to young girls.

Overall this movie is worth the bucks. I’m cheap, but even I would pay for it.

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‘Juwanna Mann’ scores with laughs in comedy about women’s basketball