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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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A story of the passion it takes to keep your dreams alive. 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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Love and Basketball  »

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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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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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When Monica and Quincy are playing basketball for Quincy's heart, the Nike swoosh on Monica's sports bra appears and disappears. See more »

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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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Crazy Credits

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

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Features Family Matters (1989) See more »

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Fool of Me
Written by Meshell Ndegeocello and Federico Peña
Performed by Meshell Ndegeocello
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A great relationship film, I give it a 10
18 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, let me say that I am a huge fan of almost every sport known to mankind. Now perhaps because of this, you'd think I'd enjoy movies easier whose central theme revolves around a sport. Contrary to that notion though, I am often a hard rater of sports movies because I expect so much from them.

I really enjoyed this movie though. I thought the acting by both Lathan and Epps was outstanding. I found it to be extremely realistic, with the exception of seeing Epps in a Laker uniform, but other than that, it was real. At one point during the film, I really started to wonder if this film was based on a true story or something, how cool would that have been. Nonetheless, the fictional story is captivating.

Yes I am a guy and I love sports, but I do like watching the occassional love story. I liked Pearl Harbor and Titantic which revolved around love stories, and I liked this love story too. There is more to it though, than just two people who fall for each other who happen to play basketball.

There is the relationship not only between Quincy and Monica, but the relationships they had with their father and mother respectively. There is also the relationship they have with the world they live in, trying to find out what they really want in life. It really makes you think about how sometimes the very thing you are looking for is actually standing right there in front of you and you don't realize it.

In the end, I loved Love and Basketball, and I give it a 10.


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