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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Willard ...
Kelvin (as Chris Warren Jr.)
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Colleen Matsuhara ...
UCLA Coach
Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)


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 »


Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love and Basketball  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,139,180 (USA) (21 April 2000)


ESP 334,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sanaa Lathan said her basketball tryout was terrible because she'd never played before. "It was so embarrassing because literally I didn't know how to dribble. I didn't know how to hold the ball. But I'm proud of how it looks [in the movie]. I had no idea I would be able to do it." See more »


At the dance, Monica tells her date she feels hot, so Jason goes to get her some punch. Quincy comes over to talk to Monica, then has an awkward moment when Jason returns and takes Monica onto the dance floor. Jason never has or mentions punch. See more »


Shawnee: [after noticing Monica at the dance] Damn, girl, I didn't know Nike made dresses.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the creidts show Quincy's and Monica's daughter dunking a basketball . See more »


Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Skeleton Show (2006) See more »


I Want To Be Your Man
Written by Roger Troutman and Larry Troutman
Performed by Roger Troutman (as Roger)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Terrific Non-Stereotypical, Feminist African-American Romance
12 December 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Love and Basketball" is one of the most feminist and non-stereotypical teen-through-20something movies I've ever seen.

It's in effect a tribute to Title IX and the WBNA, casually showing a girl with basketball dreams, and how it affects her personal life and those around her. Highly recommended for teens!

As good as Omar Epps was though, I thought he was a bit short to be believable as an NBA prospect.

Except for one talky section of the movie towards the end where everyone pretty much says the obvious about their relationships, the rest of the character development is done visually and through situations and not one sports movie (or African-American) cliché. It is a date movie because both leads change.

Stay through the credits to see a sweet shot at the end.

I was girding for a hip hop soundtrack, but it's old school R & B all the way and lovely to listen to (complete with a wonderful line that the audience really appreciated: "Mom, why are you drinking? I haven't seen you drink so much since Marvin Gaye died."

(originally written 5/6/2000)

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