"Just look for me in the women's locker room, baby. The women's locker room. Checkin' out booties…"
Meet Jamal Jeffries (Miguel A. Nunez Jr.). He's a hybrid of Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson, without the tattoos, but with plenty of attitude. You see, he's so controversial that he gets kicked out of the UBA for taking off his clothes and flashing an astonished crowd. In the days that follow, Jamal has all of his possessions repossessed, his woman dumps him, and his aunt is ashamed of him. So what is he to do? Well, dress up as a woman, call himself Juwanna Mann, and play professional women's basketball, of course!
I have an open mind about these "gender-switch" movies. Sometimes they are done with an astonishing amount of wit, and sometimes they are not. Juwanna Mann is a perfect example of the latter. First off, how does a man dressed up as a woman get a contract with a women's basketball team without providing any identification? Well, this movie doesn't answer that question; or another question of how Jamal's agent can't tell that his new client, Juwanna, is actually Jamal in drag. But seriously, going into this movie I wasn't expecting scary great; considering the title of the movie is Juwanna Mann ("Do you want a man?"). One massive gripe is the bleeping of "F" word during his supposed-arbitration hearing, yet they maintain the integrity of the scene by keeping the "S" word completely intact (?!?)
As a part of the Charlotte Banshees, Juwanna finds himself falling in love with his teammate Michelle (Vivica A. Fox), and becoming a better mann as a result (intentional pun). There is one highlight to this movie, though. It's Puff Smokey Smoke (Tommy Davidson), and his unwanted, and almost funny advances on Juwanna. Like all "gender-switch" movies, everybody finds out Juwanna's true identity at the end, and they are taken by surprise. Then everything wraps up nicely, and everyone is a better person as a result. Awww.
Warner Brothers presents Juwanna Mann in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1. The picture is near flawless, with is more than I can say about the movie itself. Regardless of how I feel about the movie; the print is clean, the colors are sharp, and there's essentially no artifacts or graininess.
The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. Everything sounds crisp and clean, especially during the basketball games. It's an added bonus because the movie soundtrack is pretty decent. Overall, no audio dropouts, or anything negative to report.
Menus: Interactive menu set on a scoreboard background. Everytime you choose an option, you are treated to some animation. Choices include "Play Movie", "Scene Selection", "Special Features", and "Languages."
There are two full-length commentaries on this DVD. The first is with Miguel A. Nunez Jr. and director Jesse Vaughan. It's actually a pretty good commentary, although they do kind of take the film seriously (or they could be ultra sarcastic, but I'll go with the former). Interesting tidbits include how Miguel landed the role in the movie, and that his girlfriend was killed during the filming of this movie (?!?). The second commentary has Tommy Davidson trying to justify to me why he thought this was a great movie to act in, and the serious overtones in it. Tommy also takes long breaks in between his words, and as a result, there's a lot of dead air.
In addition to the above commentaries are "Cast & Crew" bios, "Deleted Scenes" (shown in rough cut form, and not really that funny), a "Theatrical Trailer", Fat Joe's "What's Love" music video, a behind the scenes special, the premiere at Mann's (ha ha) Chinese Theater, and a Press Day Featurette. The extras a re nice to have if you're a fan of the movie; but for me, they just didn't add that much.
This movie is so bad, that I would recommend it if there's somebody that you plan on giving coal to this Christmas, you should give them this movie instead. But honestly, maybe I'm being a little too harsh, so I'll suggest you rent it first (my gut is really telling me to opt for "Skip It"). So stay clear of this stinker, unless you really like extras, unfunny outtakes, and a Fat Joe music video.