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Stars: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, James Picken Jr, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier, Laz Alonso, Mehcad Brooke, Michael Landes, Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade

Director: Sanaa Hamri

Only someone who has never seen a film could fail to guess the climactic clinch that wraps up this amiable but eminently easy-to-forget romcom. And even a neophyte might make a considered guess given Queen Latifah (née Dana Owens) is the only name above the title.

Michael Elliot’s by numbers screenplay has basketball-obsessed hospital physiotherapist Latifah falling for her hero, basketball star Common (né Lonnie Rashid Lynn) after she fixes his potentially career-threatening knee injury. But he soon fancies her luscious long-time friend Patton… Cue assorted and expected romantic triumphs and setbacks, given a watchable sheen by the participants, Elliot, director Hamri and some effectively staged basketball games.

In the final analysis, it’s basically a case of the bland leading the bland.

Alan Frank

USA 2010. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Colour by deluxe.
101 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: PG.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 15 Sep 2010