Juwanna Mann

Theatrical Release: June 21, 2002
Juwanna Mann


Jamal Jefferies (Miguel A. Nuñez, Jr.) is a star basketball player, and he knows it. But as the basketball commissioner put it, his ego out scores his playing and gets him suspended from the NBA. Since all Jamal knows is basketball, he tricks his agent Lorne (Kevin Pollak) into promoting a female player named Juwanna Mann for the WUBA. However, Juwanna is really a disguised Jamal. Taken in by the Charlotte Banshees, Juwanna is teamed with their top player, Michelle (Vivica A. Fox), who teaches him/her a few things about teamwork. And Juwanna teaches Michelle a few things about men. But can Jamal keep his secret for the entire season? Audiences will no doubt enjoy this gender-switching sports comedy.

Dove Review

Tom Hanks wore dresses in the TV show Bosom Buddies, and the late Milton Berle frequently drew laughs from cross-dressing. This film also forces laughter from such sights as a “woman” standing at a men’s room urinal and another man smitten by the disguised “woman.” The film also hits some good messages, like the importance of teamwork and friendship, as well as the negative effects of a self-centered attitude. But many of the comments include crude and vulgar language, sexual slang, and suggestive double meanings. In an early scene, Jamal reacts to his on-court firing by stripping off his uniform for the crowd, revealing his bare backside. His Aunt Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) chews Jamal out for his actions and attitude, but also supports him in his career as Juwanna, as well as his feelings for Michelle. Unfortunately, the frequent sexual comments, vulgar language, and nudity cause JUWANNA MANN to foul out.

Content Description


Company: Warner Brothers
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Paul Bicking