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New on DVD: 'Just Wright,' 'Letters to Juliet' and 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

Posted 11:04am on Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010

Just Wright

Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, a New Jersey Nets fan who dreams of meeting Mr. Right. She meets Nets star Scott McKnight (Common) at a gas station, and he invites her to his birthday party. At first, Scott only has eyes for Leslie's gold-digging "godsister" Morgan (Paula Patton). But when Scott suffers a knee injury and Morgan walks out on him, Leslie makes him realize that maybe the woman he has been looking for was right in front of him all along. Or some such maudlin cliché. Even if you haven't seen the spoiler-laden trailer, you'd be able to guess every twist. And while there's nothing wrong with a little wish-fulfillment fantasy, the screenplay by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar) teeters on the brink of delusion. Would a physical therapist with no experience handling multimillion-dollar athletes really be hired by a player of Scott's caliber? Would she never once have trouble finding a parking space in New York City?

Letters to Juliet stars Amanda Seyfried as a New York fact-checker who stumbles across a weathered "letter to Juliet." The actress does little to animate her character in a movie built around her efforts to bring two long-parted lovers back together.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time cozily transports us back to an innocent era of the action-adventure flick -- a time in which stars such as Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Errol Flynn swashed and buckled and did so with a dashing smile and minimal bloodshed. Jake Gyllenhaal puts his athleticism to work as Dastan, an orphan adopted into the duplicitous fold of a 6th-century Persian royal family.

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