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Love Jones (1997)

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Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Downes (as Bernadette L. Clarke)
Cerall Duncan ...
Troy Garrison
David Nisbet ...
Roger Lievsey
Oona Hart ...
Model (Lievsey Studio)
Lisa Martin
Nina's Assistant
Tracey Powell


Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friend, talking about love and sex. Then Nina tests the strength of Darius' feelings and sets a chain of romantic complications into motion. Written by Jesse Garon <>

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Get Together. Fall Apart. Start Over.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Absolut kärlek  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,908,725 (USA) (14 March 1997)


$12,514,138 (USA) (15 August 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Nina's fiancé name was Marvin. See more »


Nina's hair changes when talking to Darius after their first date. See more »


Nina Mosley: You always want what you want when you want it. Why is everything so urgent with you?
Darius Lovehall: Let me tell you somethin'. This here, right now, at this very moment, is all that matters to me. I love you. That's urgent like a motherfucker.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Give Me Your Love
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Curtom Classics, Inc.
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3 December 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Love Jones explores the passionate and intelligent sides of love, and it does so deliciously. Larenz Tate and Nia Long deliver performances as understated as the film's smart jazz and R&B soundtrack -- their approaches give their characters dimension and depth. But make no mistake -- this film offers elements of entertainment and political correctness in director Theodore Witcher's offering of multi-layered African-American characters. If comparisons must be made, Love Jones compares to the best in Woody Allen's Annie Hall and Manhattan, as those films explore desire and passion through words in addition to physical attractions. Recommend this film to the scores of filmgoers who missed its limited theatrical release -- better yet, serve it up as a first course conversation starter during your next gathering with friends. It's sure to spark equally passionate discussion, and that's always a good thing.

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