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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£46,423 (UK) (7 July 2000)

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ESP 334,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

After playing a smooth-talking player in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Dennis Haysbert was hesitant to play another cheater. He told Jet he took the role because "Then I saw the emphasis was going to be on the father-son relationship. That was something that was close to my heart." See more »

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Some of the high school players' numbers end in 6, 7, 8, or 9, which is not allowed in high school basketball. See more »

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Monica: What did I do?
Quincy: You forgot to be there.
Monica: I had curfew. If coach would've caught me I wouldn't of been able to start.
Quincy: At least you got your priorities straight.
Monica: I never asked you to choose.
Quincy: You never had to.
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The title says it all
22 April 2000 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Love and Basketball: Monica and Quincy have lived beside one another since they were kids, and they only care about two things in life - basketball and each other.

I am definitely more of a movie fan than a basketball fan, thus I went in expecting a jock flick with a token relationship thrown in to justify the title. I could not have been more wrong. Unlike "He Got Game" (another very good film), which dwells solely on the negative aspects of the sport - hustlers, hookers, drugs and death, L&B concentrates on the positive things in life and basketball serves as the background rather than the focus. The story is very well written and works on several levels - it refuses to be pinned down as simply a romance or drama, choosing instead a careful blending of different elements. My only complaint - minor at that - would have to be the ending (and no I'm not going to tell you).

First, how could I find fault with a film that actually does a great casting job with Tyra Banks? She has a small cameo role- she plays a beautiful stewardess, small stretch - with some great lines. Omar Epps brings his trademark cockiness to the role, and although it took me awhile to buy him as a basketball player -he's not exactly Goliath -he grows on you. More importantly, he exhibits and a depth and range that he's never shown before. Sanaa Lathan however, goes one step further, and demonstrates an intensity both on and off the court that puts her in a league all her own. Her performance can be summed up as superb.

L&B is real, engaging, and enjoyable.

Don't miss it.


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