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Love & Basketball (2000)

 -  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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Producer Spike Lee believed the female lead should have believable basketball skills. Gina Prince-Bythewood said in an interview "I saw over 700 people for the part: actors, ballplayers, people who had never acted before in their life. It finally came down to Sanaa [Lathan] and Niesha Butler [a star player at Georgia Tech and 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year]. I put Sanaa with a basketball coach for two months and Niesha with an acting coach." See more »

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When Monica gets home from the dance, she throws her keys on her desk. When she reaches for her letter from USC, her keys are under the envelope. See more »

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Shawnee: [after noticing Monica at the dance] Damn, girl, I didn't know Nike made dresses.
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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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Love and Happiness
Written by Al Green and Mabon Hodges
Performed by Al Green
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Intelligent romantic comedy with a feminist touch.
24 April 2000 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

I loved that Monica was fierce about her love of basketball, had a quick temper on the court, and knew exactly what she wanted. I kept waiting for her to punch out those idiot female high school classmates of hers who kept picking on her because she was a tomboy. There was a nice contrast between Monica's independence and the traditional homemaker route that her mother took. The subplot about the troubled marriage of Quincy's parents was also well done. I have seen other basketball movies ("Above The Rim" and "He Got Game" comes to mind), but this is one of the better ones, esp. since it tells the story from the viewpoint of the female athlete, and an African-American one, at that. I wholeheartedly recommend this. It's free of the fluff that permeates other romantic dramas.


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