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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:

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

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ESP 334,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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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 »

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Monica falls and skins her face. When Monica's mother cleans her face, the washcloth is scrunched up in one shot, and folded nicely in the next shot. 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 have 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 end of the creidts show Quincy's and Monica's daughter dunking a basketball . See more »

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Lyte As A Rock
Written by MC Lyte and Audio Two
Performed by MC Lyte
Courtesy of Electra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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