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Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  21 April 2000 (USA)
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In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with ... See full summary »

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In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with Monica's edge and Quincy's top-dog attitude separating them, except when Quincy's parents argue and he climbs through Monica's window to sleep on the floor. As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing ball at USC, Quincy's relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a break up with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. It's time for a final game of one-on-one with high stakes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All's fair in love and basketball. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£46,423 (UK) (7 July 2000)

Gross:

ESP 334,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen in the Jul 16, 2012 issue. See more »

Goofs

When Monica's sister is doing her hair before the championship game, she says she has to leave at halftime for a study date. At the end of the game, Monica's sister is seated next to her father. See more »

Quotes

Sidra O'Neal: That's what you get for trying to show out... freshman.
Monica: I was just trying to play ball.
Sidra O'Neal: You were TRYING to make me look bad.
Monica: Didn't have to try very hard.
Sidra O'Neal: Girl, don't you know you just sloppy seconds?
Big Toni: Sidra. Let it go.
Sidra O'Neal: The ONLY reason you here, is 'cause Tanya Randall got pregnant, and decided not to come. They were DONE recruiting.
Zvette: That's cold, Sid.
Sidra O'Neal: Just thought the girl should know.
[stalks off to the showers]
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The end of the creidts show Quincy's and Monica's daughter dunking a basketball . See more »

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Sweet Thing
Written by Chaka Khan (as Yvette Stephens) and Tony Maiden
Performed by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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love & basketball & family & gender roles &...
18 April 2000 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

I was watching a Lakers games when I first saw a commercial for Love & Basketball, so naturally it was comprised of mostly basketball action and a snippet of an adult version of the b-ball game HORSE. I thought, "oh, cute movie about a guy and girl who play basketball and get together". Not exactly earth-shattering, I thought, but cute. So imagine my surprise when I saw the film start like a cute movie but then evolve. And deepen. And bloom. I laughed, I sat on the edge of my seat in anticipation, and I swear I almost cried. A "cute" movie? This film had levels I hadn't dreamed of and spoke to so much more than just sex and basketball, and yet all of it was held together cohesively by the love affair and the commitment to the sport. I was thoroughly impressed by the performances all around and by Ms. Prince-Blythewood's unerring writing and direction. A definite recommendation.


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